Sunday, May 19, 2024

An American Pentecost

American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America
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An American Pentecost:
We are American Indians, Native Alaskans, Europeans, Latinos, Africans, Arabs, Asians, Pacific Islanders-- yet all of us hear America speaking in our own languages about FREEDOM!

For more info about languages spoken in America:

Voting Rights Act Sect 203
Section 203 targets those language minorities that have suffered a history of exclusion from the political process: Spanish, Asian, Native American, and Alaskan Native. The Census Bureau identifies specific language groups for specific jurisdictions.
Section 203 says that jurisdictions (cities, counties, states) shall provide election materials in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in the English language.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Why do left and right have political meaning?


VOA News: Why do left and right have political meaning?

The divide between left and right is one of the most fundamental markers in politics. But have you ever stopped to think about why we use those directional terms to describe ideological camps? This terminology traces back to the seating arrangements of French revolutionaries over 200 years ago.

Do you view politics from the left?  Or the right? 

How did directions get connected to political beliefs? 

In the beginning, it described where you sat. 

After the Revolution of 1789, the French National Assembly argued over a new constitution. 

Anti-royalist revolutionaries disagreed with conservative, aristocratic supporters of the monarchy. 

They arranged themselves in groups inside the assembly chamber -- revolutionaries on the left side of the presiding officer, conservatives on the right. 

The seating arrangement continued on and off over the years. 

But by the mid-1800s, journalists were using left and right as shorthand to describe political viewpoints. 

The practice continues to this day. 

Far left and far right depict political extremes, while centrists are moderates who take positions in the middle.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother’s Day!

VOA News: White House garden opens to public on Mother’s Day weekend 
 ­čî╣­čî╣The White House Garden opened to the public ahead of Mother's Day weekend. VOA's Dora Mekouar has more on this story.

Ann Reeves Jarvis was a peace activist who took care of wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. After the war, she hosted Mother's Day Friendship picnics for the women on both sides of the war.  She also created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

C-SPAN: President Biden Responds to a Reporter's Question About Mother's Day May 12, 2024 
As President Biden exited church with his granddaughter, he responded to a reporters' question about how he spent Mother’s Day. The president replied, “I prayed for you all. You need help.” He then added, “To those of you who are mothers, Happy Mother’s Day