Sunday, May 19, 2024

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.

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.

Friday, May 17, 2024

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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

Saturday, May 11, 2024

What is a ‘third-party’ candidate?

VOA News: What is a ‘third-party’ candidate? 

The United States has two main political parties – Democrat and Republican. A third-party candidate is a term used for someone who runs as a candidate for a party that forms outside of the two main political parties. A third party is most often discussed during a presidential campaign. 

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

USCIS 100:46. What is the political party of the President now?

Thursday, May 9, 2024

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Threats to democracy top concern for US voters, poll finds

VOA News: Threats to democracy top concern for US voters, poll finds 

"Threats to democracy" have overtaken the economy and immigration as the chief concern of U.S. voters ahead of the 2024 presidential election, according to a recent Ipsos poll. VOA's Veronica Balderas Iglesias breaks down the results.

USCIS 100:55.  What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? 
  • vote
  • join a political party
  • help with a campaign
  • join a civic group
  • join a community group
  • give an elected official your opinion on an issue
  • call Senators and Representatives
  • publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
  • run for office
  • write to a newspaper

Saturday, May 4, 2024

What does it mean to be a red state or a blue state?

VOA News: What does it mean to be a red state or a blue state?

Here’s a look at how the tradition of calling states that usually favor Republicans “red” and Democrats “blue” came about. 

In U.S. politics, it’s commonplace to hear about red states and blue states. 

In red states, most voters choose Republican Party candidates. In blue states, most choose Democratic Party candidates. 

U.S. television networks get credit for the shades of meaning. 

As color TV gained popularity in the 1960s and 1970s,  networks started using color-coded maps to show election night results. 

At first, there was no consensus on which color would represent which political party. 

But during coverage of the 2000 presidential election, most networks used blue for Democratic states and red for Republican. 

People then started using red state and blue state as political figures of speech. 

Purple states, also called swing states, are a blend of red and blue. They’re so evenly divided, they could tip toward either party.

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

Friday, May 3, 2024

U.S. Citizenship Lesson 75| 2024

Kulwinder Singh PASSED his interview, but there were some tense moments: the USCIS officer said there was another person with the same name and case details who had been deported!  Mr. Singh kept his cool and answered all of the officer's questions about deportation.  Most interviews go smoothly, but you still need to prepare how to answer awkward questions.  Good job, Mr. Singh!

Here are his practice interviews:

Kulwinder Singh’s 1st Practice Citizenship Interview

Kulwinder Singh’s 2nd Practice Citizenship Interview

Kulwinder Singh’s 3rd Practice Citizenship Interview

Kulwinder Singh’s 4th Practice Citizenship Interview

Kulwinder Singh’s 5th Practice Citizenship Interview

Kulwinder Singh’s 6th Practice Citizenship Interview

Kulwinder Singh Talks about his Citizenship Interview

USA Learns 
Learn More:
  • U.S. Citizenship Resources for the May page