President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden paid their respects to Vietnam Veterans on Monday at the memorial in Washington.
The Bidens laid flowers by the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, paused for moment of silence and also took time to take an impression of names printed on the wall.
March 29th is Vietnam War Veterans Day, and it is observed annually.
In 2012, President Barack Obama signed the proclamation creating the annual day of observance, and the proclamation marks January 12, 1962, as the starting point of the war.
Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Current and Former Armed Forces Members (8 pgs) Script
Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta started the United Farm Workers union, because farm workers did not have
"the legal right to organize and to vote for collective bargaining. They didn't have the right to have clean drinking water, access to portable toilets, lunch breaks, or short rest breaks during workdays. And they were not entitled to the minimum wage or unemployment insurance."
Lady Liberty Opening the gate to a immigrant Jewish family. Source.
The United States is a Nation of Immigrants. Each immigrant group brings it unique story. Passover (Pesach) is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt. The Haggadah is a Jewish text that is read every year during the Passover meal (Seder). Here are four haggadahs which remember that the Jews were once refugees, too, and are obligated to seek justice for "the Stranger." ADL: FOUR QUESTIONS: SEEKING IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE JUSTICE ON PASSOVER A Haggadah Supplement This Passover, let us all embrace the lessons of this holiday’s story and extend a hand of friendship to our immigrant and refugee neighbors and advocate for their rights. AWJS: Next Year in a Just World This year, put social justice on your Seder table. Use the AJWS Global Justice Haggadah to spark meaningful conversations at your Seder — and connect our shared story of liberation with people fighting for freedom around the world today. HIAS: Passover Resources Explore the connections between the ancient Passover story and today's refugees The HIAS Haggadah In Every Generation See Yourself As Though You Left Egyptoffers a deeper exploration of the global refugee crisis. While you are on the HIAS website, check out their N-400 translations in 7 languages!
Vice President Harris Participates in the White House's Virtual Passover Celebration with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff
Also see: VOANews: New York Mosque Hosts Passover Celebrations POP QUIZ 100:03. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? 100:09. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence? 100:10. What is freedom of religion? 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States? 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? 100:58. What is one reason colonists came to America? 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do? 100:84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination? 100:95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?* 100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
In his first formal news conference Thursday, President Joe Biden faced tough questioning about the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and announced that the United States will not meet its May 1 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. White House Correspondent
Since the deactivation of the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocol Program, also known as the 'Remain in Mexico' policy, thousands of asylum seekers have been able to enter the U.S. to present their cases. Meantime, thousands of others have arrived at the border also hoping to gain entry #USMigrantEntry
Practice Citizenship Interviews with Farsi-Speaking Americans
uscitizenpod: Citizenship Interview Quiz for Presidents’ Week 2017: Hushang Ansary (Iran) (pdf)
A citizenship multiple-choice quiz based on the N-400 Application for Naturalization plus 10 civics questions.
uscitizenpod: 2016 Spring Citizenship Interview with Ali Akbari (Iran/Malaysia) (mp3)
A practice citizenship interview recorded in honor of Persian New Year (2016)
uscitizenpod: A Basic Citizenship Interview with Pari Akibari (Esfahan, Iran) (mp3) (video)
A practice citizenship interview recorded in 2007. Note: N-400 Part 10 is now N-400 Part 12 and the Civics questions are obsolete (ex: George W Bush was the current president in 2007).
uscitizenpod: Citizenship Interview with Osman Nejat (Kabul, Afghanistan) (mp3) (video)
A short citizenship interview with "examiner" with Osman Nejat (Kabul, Afghanistan), the Citizenship and GED/HiSET teacher from New Haven Adult School. After the interview, Teacher Osman reflects on being bi-lingual and bi-cultural in America.
uscitizenpod: New US Citizen Sardar Habibi's report-back in Farsi video
Milpitas Adult School student, Sardar Habibi (formerly of Afghanistan) talks about his US Citizenship Interview on Thursday, March 7, 2011. (Also in English)
More ESL/Civics Resources in English and Farsi
ACLU: Immigrants' Rights: What To Do If Stopped (IN FARSI) (video)
ACLU: What To Do When Faced With Anti-Muslim Discrimination (in Farsi) (video) CA DMV: California Driver Handbook (pdf) CLINIC: 100 Civics Questions in Farsi (pdf)
ESL Library: Nauruz (Norooz) Festival (article)
In this lesson, students read about the Persian New Year's festival (New Day). They learn about the ceremonial table, and create their own in small groups. Students also learn idioms related to nature. Note: A number of different English spellings are used for this holiday. The UN recognizes March 21 as the International Day of Nowruz
John Q. Khosravi Law Firm (JQK Law Firm): Naturalization for Iranians (Farsi/Persian) سیتیزنشیپ وتابعیت امریکا برای ایرانیان (video)
More Citizenship and Immigration videos in English and Farsi at John Q. Khosravi Law Firm (JQK Law Firm) (YouTube channel)
K-vonComedy: Famous Comedian Explains PERSIAN NEW YEAR Perfectly (K-von on Nowruz) (video)
Want to learn about a new holiday? Persian New Year is in March. K-von breaks it down in this video w/ fun animation. Check out K-von on YouTube (especially his Cleaning for Nowruz videos and his trailer for the Nowruz movie) and his TEDx Talk.
LastLY: Nowruz 2021: Date, Significance, Celebrations Associated With The Persian New Year Or Navroze video Nowruz, also called Navriz, Navroz, Novruz, Nooruz, Nevruz & Nauryz, is a Persian word where 'Now' means 'new' and 'Ruz' means ‘day’. Hence, Nowruz signifies a new day. Nowruz is the Iranian New Year celebrated by the ethnic Iranian people. In India, the Parsi community celebrate Nowruz with full fervour. This year, it falls on Saturday, March 20. Nowruz holds great significance in the Iranian community. It is marked as the day King Jamshid was crowned as the King of Persia. People purchase new clothes and visit family and friends on this day. Nowruz is usually celebrated in the evening by performing certain rituals such as jumping over bonfires and lighting firecrackers. The celebrations also include family coming around the Haft sin table awaiting the moment of March equinox. Haft seen, also called Haft-seen (Persian For “Seven S’s”), is an arrangement of seven foods whose name start with 's' in Persian.
MedicinePlus: Health Information in Farsi (فارسی) (web page) Must See Iran
FB page that introduces Iran's cultural, historical, and natural tourist attractions. Many good Nowruz videos in English and Farsi.
PARS Equality Center
Pprovides free or low-cost legal immigration services to qualified individuals. We provide community members with integration support by offering immigration education, representation and advocacy.
Quartz: Nowruz: How millions celebrate the Persian New Year (video)
During Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration, each vibrant item on the haftseen table has its own symbolic meaning.
SSA: Social Security Resources in Farsi (web page)
TEDx Talks: Iran from a Different Lens | Maryam Ghadiri | TEDxPurdueU (video)
When only one side of a story is told, the truth can be blurred or completely disjointed. When Maryam arrived in the U.S. she encountered stereotypes and predisposed opinions causing her to hide her own identity as Iranian. She now describes how she rekindled the pride she once had for her motherland, Iran, through curating a photo exhibit that celebrates Iran's rich culture, diversity and beauty.
USIP: Iran Primer: Nowruz: Traditions for Persian New Year (article)
Ironically, the most widely celebrated holiday in the Islamic Republic of Iran long predates the official religion. Nowruz, literally “New Day” in Farsi, marks the first day of spring and the Persian New Year. The holiday, which falls on March 20 this year, is widely celebrated across the Middle East and Central Asia.
VA Health: Public Health Info in Farsi (webpage) VOANews: New in Farsi (web page)
News in Farsi from the Voice of America
VOANews: Iranian-Americans Nurture New Generations After Revolution (2019) (article)
Sharifan and others from her generation seek to build a connection to their Iranian heritage and culture among their American children and grandchildren.
VOANews: Iranians Prepare For Traditional New Year Celebrations (video)
Iranians around the world are preparing to celebrate their traditional new year, Nowruz, which falls on Thursday. The ancient tradition is also celebrated by Kurds and marks the arrival of spring. Zlatica Hoke reports.
VOANews: Iraq Norwuz (video) It's time for celebration in Iraq. Men and women rang in a new year, as millions of Kurdish people celebrated Nowruz. The celebration falls on the first day of spring, symbolizing the passing of the dark season and the arrival of the season of light. VOANews: Kurds Celebrate 'Nawroz' - New Years (video) Kurdish residents of the northern Syrian city of Kobani are marking the New Year festival Nawroz. Celebrations were held along the border with Turkey, where many of Kobani's citizens fled when the city came under attack by Islamic State militants. Video by VOA Kurdish service reporter Mahmoud Bali.
Northern California's 'Little Kabul' a Cultural Hub to One of America's Largest Afghan Communities video
Alameda County in California, known as a retreat for hippies four decades ago, has become home to one of the largest Afghan American communities in America. VOA's Saba Shah Khan takes us to one area known as "Little Kabul," now a cultural hub for the Bay Area's rapidly growing Afghan American population.
VOA Learning English: Once a US Soldier, Iranian Immigrant Now Serves Veterans (article, mp3, video)
Assal Ravandi knows service. First, as a soldier in the United States Army in Afghanistan. Now, as a soldier for soldiers at the organization she founded: Academy of United States Veterans. Read, listen to, and watch more great stories from VOA Learning English series: People in America
VOA Learning English: Mahsa, English Teacher in Iran, Talks About Spending Nowruz With Family (video of Skype interview)
Avi Arditti from VOA Learning English and Mehrnaz Sami from VOA's Persian Service (and an English teacher) talk to a Skype caller about the Persian New Year (2013)
VOA Learning Engish: Mohsen, Engineering Student in Iran, Talks About Nowruz (video of Skype interview)
Avi Arditti from VOA Learning English and Mehrnaz Sami from VOA's Persian Service (and an English teacher) talk to a Skype caller about the Persian New Year
VOA Learning English: Vernal Equinox: The Arrival of Spring (article)
An overview of many holidays associated with the Vernal Equinox (the Arrival of Spring) including Nowruz. Vox: Persian New Year, or Nowruz, explained for non-Persians (article)
wh.gov: Statement from President Biden Marking Nowruz 2021 (statement) (video)
A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of St Patrick's Day and Irish-American Heritage Month mp3 / pdf (10 Questions)
03. From 1820 to 1860, almost 2 million Irish immigrants came to America to escape "The Great Hunger." What is one reason colonists came to America?
Q4: The "Know-Nothings" (1850s) was a group of native-born Americans which tried to stop Irish immigration. The "Know-Nothings" thought that the Irish were “alien” and would not support US democracy because of their Catholic religion. The "Know-Nothings" became too violent and failed. The Irish persevered and overcame discrimination and exploitation. 100 years later, what movement tried to end racial discrimination?
Learn more (updates (03/17/2022)
wh.gov: A Proclamation on Irish-American Heritage Month, 2022 proclamation
Harriet Tubman Day is an American holiday in honor of the anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman, observed on March 10 in the whole country, and in the U.S. state of New York. Observances also occur locally around the U.S. state of Maryland.
Take a closer look at the life of escaped slave and American icon Harriet Tubman, who liberated over 700 enslaved people using the Underground Railroad.
Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes. Janell Hobson details Harriet Tubman's many fights for freedom.
Lesson by Janell Hobson, directed by Yan Dan Wong.
60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
92. Name one state that borders Canada.
73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
77. What did Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman do?
55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?