Sunday, May 20, 2018

American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America

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American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America

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:
  • Slate: Tagalog in California, Cherokee in Arkansas: What language does your state speak? By Ben Blatt (great graphics) web article
  • Wikipedia: Languages of the United States wiki article

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.
  • DOJ: MINORITY LANGUAGE CITIZENS: Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act web page
  • DOJ: Language Map 2015 interactive map
  • Census: Section 203 Language Provisions of the Voting Rights Act (updates 2016, 2017) web page
    • The Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency (LEP) created in 2002. is maintained by the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.  
    • The mission of is to share resources and information to help expand and improve language assistance services for individuals with limited English proficiency, in compliance with federal law.
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