Monday, May 31, 2021

Citizenship Resources for Memorial Day

Updated 05-28-2021; Check back for updates



      Memorial Day Resources from uscitizenpod
      • Memorial Day: Vietnam Time Line (video)
        Ngo Huu Phuc reads "The Vietnam Time Line" essay in honor of Memorial Day. Mr Ngo was a mechanic in the South Vietnam Air Force and studied for US Citizenship at Milpitas Adult School. He became a US Citizen in 2009.  You can find a copy of "The Vietnam Time Line" in HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL DAYS IN THE USA by Mary Glasgow, Scholastic Inc., 2001, ISBN 1-900702-59-2.
      • The Vietnam War Memorial, Washington DC (photos)
        The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, The Three Soldiers, and The Vietnam Women's Memorial, april 2013.  I took this picture in 2010 near the Vietnam Heritage Garden, San Jose.  May the American and Vietnamese peoples always stand together!
      • uscitizenpod (gagliajn): Sons of San Jose Vietnam War Memorial
        These photos were taken on Memorial Day 2013 at Sons of San Jose Vietnam War Memorial, Guadalupe Park, by Paula Harbor and were uploaded to Facebook. I asked Paula if I could share them. Her comments:

        I hate war. I hate violence. I hate greed. I look at this name etched into granite and wonder ... what if?

        Over the course of the couple hours I was at this memorial today people came and went. Parents, siblings, friends, vets, Vietnamese with bouquets of thanks. Everyone had a story. "Do you have someone on the wall?" The answer was always yes and the story told. A man came and put his hand on my shoulder. After several moments we spoke. He helped with find raising the memorial and talked about his buddies who are on the wall. I shared about Gus.

      More Memorial Day Resources
      Check back later for more resources

      Sunday, May 30, 2021

      2021 Naturalization Oath Ceremony, Los Angeles | My U.S. Citizenship Experience During Covid

       
       

      I’d been planning to do this for a number of years but I’d been putting it off. But when my son left to join the US Army to serve, I felt a sudden rush to file my citizenship application to show my loyalty to the country that I call home. ❤️ 🇺🇸 Wow! I still can’t believe it! Now, 15 years later, I’m an American citizen! Thank you, sayang and Yusuf for recording this special moment! I really appreciate it!

      Saturday, May 29, 2021

      'In the Heights' Celebrates Diversity in America

       
       
       
      The film’s about the dreams and struggles of the Latino community in a New York neighborhood

      N-400
      Civics
      • USCIS 100:64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
      • USCIS 100:67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers
      • USCIS 100:69. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
      • USCIS 100:70. Who was the first President?*
      • USCIS 100:91. Name one U.S. territory.
      • USCIS 100:92. Name one state that borders Canada
      • USCIS 100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
      • USCIS 100:94. What is the capital of the United States?*
      • USCIS 100:95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
      • USCIS 100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
      Learn More:
      • We Speak NYC videos tell the stories of New Yorkers who have come from all over the world to make New York City their home. The show helps English language learners improve their language skills, learn about their rights, and access City services.  The videos focus on important topics and model language that you can use in your everyday lives.
        • Watch this video about a Dominican woman, her family, and her Chinese-American friend who live in Washington Heights, New York.  This video is similar to 'In the Heights.'
          • New Life Café
            • Rosa is about to open a Dominican café. But when her lab tests come back and the doctor tells her the bad news, her dreams are over. Or are they? A heart-warming drama about family, friendship, and coming to terms with diabetes.

      Friday, May 28, 2021

      Anti-Asian Hate Predates Pandemic

       
       
       
      Asian Americans say the media is finally picking up on an age-old problem Asian Americans

      N-400 section interviews about Hate Crimes 
      U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month post

      ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE: STAND AGAINST HATE

      Thursday, May 27, 2021

      Citizenship Spring Class 18

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      uscitizenpod: Candy Tran's Third Practice Interview

      NEW CLASS TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM!

      Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 

      Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

      N-400
      Civics
      • USCIS: Your Government and You pdf 
      • USCIS: Rights and Responsibilities pdf
      • si.edu:  Government Basics videos
      Integration
      • N-400 Regular Quiz 2
      • USCIS 100 Quiz: Law, Government, and the Economy pdf
      • USCIS 100 Quiz: Civic Responsibilities pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz: Juana Sequeira (Jinotepe, Nicaragua) pdf

      Wednesday, May 26, 2021

      The Global Pursuit of Racial Justice

       
       

      Secretary Blinken: On the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, we remember that to be a credible force for human rights around the world, we must face the reality of racism at home. By addressing our shortcomings openly and honestly, we live up to the values that we stand for worldwide. --------------- Under the leadership of the President and Secretary of State, the U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity. On behalf of the American people we promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service and U.S. Agency for International Development.

      N-400

      Tuesday, May 25, 2021

      Citizenship Spring Class 17

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      uscitizenpod: Hieu Thanh Nguyen’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

      NEW CLASS TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM!

      Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 

      Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

      N-400
      Civics
      • USCIS: Your Government and You pdf
      • si.edu:  Government Basics videos
      Integration
      • N-400 Regular Quiz 1
      • USCIS 100 Quiz: Name Two (or more) pdf
      • A Citizenship Interview Quiz for Paulette Poujol-Oriol (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) pdf

      Monday, May 24, 2021

      California Community Shows Support for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

       
       

      Long Beach Convention Center in California serves as temporary home to about 700 children.

      How you can help:
      N-400
      Civics

      Sunday, May 23, 2021

      An American Pentecost



      American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America
      Podcast | Video | PDF





      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.
      Sources:


      More from US Citizenship Podcast:

      LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast 

      Friday, May 21, 2021

      US Army Trailblazer Named Asian American of the Year

       
       
       
      Vietnamese American Danielle Ngo doesn’t remember much about her escape from Vietnam. She was just three years old when she fled Saigon on one of the last American planes to take off before North Vietnamese troops took over the city. Ngo has since dedicated more than three decades of her life to the U.S. Army, giving back, she says to the country that saved her. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has her story.

      N-400
      • N-400 Part 12 n-400r-12j   Military Service
      • Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r for Current and Former Armed Forces Members (8 pgs) Script
      Civics 
      • A 21-Question “Salute” for Veterans Day Quiz based on the USCIS 100qs pdf

      Integration
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Anh Thi Vu pdf
      • The Selective Service / el Servicio Selectivo in English and Español video
      • Thank You Women Vets! video
        • Listen to the National Anthem and learn more about American Servicewomen, past and present.

      Những vấn đề nên lưu ý nếu bạn sang Mỹ theo diện hôn nhân hay hôn thê

      uscitizenpod: Những vấn đề nên lưu ý nếu bạn sang Mỹ theo diện hôn nhân hay hôn thê

      Tha nói về cuộc phỏng vấn quốc tịch Hoa Kỳ của cô ấy.  Tính đủ điều kiện của cô ấy dựa trên việc kết hôn với một công dân Hoa Kỳ.

      N-400 Practice

      Civics Practice
      • The Presidential Valentine's Day Quiz pdf
      Learn More
      • Tha's husband earned his U.S, Citizenship while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan.  Watch this video which celebrates the military service of a fellow Vietnamese-American.  I will feature this video on Saturday.  

      Thursday, May 20, 2021

      Citizenship Spring Class 16



      uscitizenpod: Huong Nguyen's Fourth Practice Citizenship Interview

      NEW CLASS TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM!

      Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 

      Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

      N-400
      Civics
      Integration

      Wednesday, May 19, 2021

      First Female Speaker of the House, Pelosi Knew Politics from Early Age

       
       

      POP QUIZ

      USCIS 100:17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*

      USCIS 100:21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

      USCIS 100:22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?

      USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.

      USCIS 100:25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?

      USCIS 100:31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

      USCIS 100:45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*

      USCIS 100:47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

      Tuesday, May 18, 2021

      Citizenship Spring Class 15



      uscitizenpod: The 100 US Citizenship Questions (in random order) with Teacher Jennifer & Chau Du

      NEW CLASS TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM!

      Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 

      Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

      N-400
      Civics
      Integration
      • N-400 Regular Quiz 1
      • Civics Quiz "Ones"
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz: Ana Maria Romero Galdámez (San Salvador, El Salvador) pdf

      Saturday, May 15, 2021

      TPS and DED for Venezuela

       
       
       
      If you are a Venezuelan national, or someone without nationality who last resided in Venezuela, and you are already in the United States, you might be eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status, known as TPS, under Venezuela’s designation, or you may be covered by Deferred Enforced Departure, known as DED, for Venezuelans.

      Learn more:
      • USCIS: Temporary Protected Status webpage
      • USCIS: Estatus de Protección Temporal webpage
      • USCIS: DHS Secretary Designates Venezuela for TPS; Implements DED for Venezuela post
      • USCIS: Secretario de DHS Designa a Venezuela al TPS; Implementa DED para Venezuela post
      N-400 and Civics 
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz: Héctor Sánchez (Maracay, Venezuela) pdf

      Friday, May 14, 2021

      Religious Freedom Is A Human Right #IRFReport2020

       
       
       Secretary Blinken: Religious freedom is a human right; in fact, it goes to the heart of what it means to be human – to think freely, to follow our conscience, to change our beliefs if our hearts and minds lead us to do so, to express those beliefs in public and in private. 
       
      Also watch: 
       

      Secretary Blinken provides examples of some of the high or severe restrictions on religious freedom that have been observed in 56 countries – encompassing a significant majority of the world’s people. #IRFReport2020 
       
      Secretary Blinken discusses the positive steps that some countries have taken to defend religious freedom around the world. #IRFReport2020

      N-400
      Civics
      • uscitizenpod: Preparing the Oath: Freedom of Religion  English | Spanish
      • uscitizenpod: US Citizenship Resources for Human Rights Day post

      POP QUIZ
      • USCIS 100:09. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
      • USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?
      • USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
      • USCIS 100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
      • USCIS 100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
      • USCIS 100:58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
      • USCIS 100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

      Thursday, May 13, 2021

      Citizenship Spring Class 14



      uscitizenpod: Thuy Thu Pham’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview

      NEW CLASS TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM!

      Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 

      Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

      N-400
      Civics
      Integration

      Wednesday, May 12, 2021

      Human Smuggling a Profitable Business at Immigrants’ Cost

      VOANews: US Trying to Stop Traffickers Taking Advantage of Would-be Migrants (04/27/2021)

      VOA Learning English: Human Smuggling a Profitable Business at Immigrants’ Cost (news!)

      Crossing into the United States illegally is a big business in Central and South America. Many people leave their countries due to the violence and poverty. They pay huge amounts of money and risk their lives to leave. (Read more | Listen)

      N-400 

      Civics Practice:

          USCIS 100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico

          USCIS 100:23. Name your U.S. Representative.
          
          USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?

          USCIS 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

          USCIS 100:33. Who signs bills to become laws?

      Tuesday, May 11, 2021

      Citizenship Spring Class 13



      uscitizenpod: Van's Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview--UPDATED!

      NEW CLASS TIME: 6:30-8:00 PM!

      Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 

      Direct Link to the Spring Citizenship Zoom Class 

      N-400
      Civics
      Integration
      • N-400 Part 12 Quiz 2 pdf
      • Citizenship Interview Quiz: Maria Guerrero (Palmira, Colombia) pdf
      • Flag Day with Pop Quiz pdf

      Monday, May 10, 2021

      Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration

       
       
      state.gov: Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration

      Vice President Harris says U.S. diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Mexico and Central America is a top priority. --------------- Under the leadership of the President and Secretary of State, the U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity. On behalf of the American people we promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service and U.S. Agency for International Development.

      -------------

      N-400 Practice:

      Civics Quiz:

      USCIS 100:15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?

      USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?

      USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*

      USCIS 100:28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*

      USCIS 100:29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?

      USCIS 100:29.33. Who signs bills to become laws?

      USCIS 100:35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?

      USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?

      USCIS 100:41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

      USCIS 100:93. Name one state that borders Mexico.

      Sunday, May 9, 2021

      Happy Mother's Day!

      Updated 05-10-2021. Check back for more updates.
      uscitizenpod: Three Citizenship Questions for Mother's Day (video)

      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.

      After Ann Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work that her mother had started.  Anna Jarvis started a petition to set aside one day every year to honor all mothers.  She said that a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world."

      In 1908, Anna Jarvis sent a petition to Congress to make Mother's Day a national holiday. Although Congress rejected the petition, many states and cities adopted the idea.  In 1914, Woodrow Wilson  signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

      Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
      • civil rights
      • first amendment rights
      • states’ rights
      • women's rights

      What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
      • join a camping group
      • join a civic group
      • join a comedy group
      • join a community group

      Name two national U.S. holidays.
      • Memorial Day
      • Mother's Day
      • Valentine's Day
      • Veterans Day

      Source: Wikipedia
      Image Source: USPS Mother of America Stamp

      Friday, May 7, 2021

      A Weekly Conversation: On The Line With Eldraen

       
       

      Vice-President and Eldraen, a postal worker and National Guard,  talk about paid family leave and "human infrastructure."

      N-400 
      Civics

      • USCIS 100:29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
      • USCIS 100:53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?