Chair: Marticia Madory 845/471-8577
A: Principles of American Democracy
1) What is the supreme law of the land?
-- the United States Constitution
2) What does the Constitution do?
-- sets up the government
-- defines the government
-- protects basic rights of Americans
3) The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution.
What are these words?
-- We the People
4) What is an amendment?
-- a change (to the Constitution)
-- an addition (to the Constitution)
5) What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
-- the Bill of Rights
6) What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*
-- petition the government
7) How many amendments does the Constitution have?
-- twenty-seven (27)
8) What did the Declaration of Independence do?
-- announced our independence (from Great Britain)
-- declared our independence (from Great Britain)
-- said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
9) What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
-- pursuit of happiness
10) What is freedom of religion?
-- You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
11) What is the economic system in the United States?*
-- capitalist economy
-- market economy
12) What is the "rule of law"?
-- Everyone must follow the law.
-- Leaders must obey the law.
-- Government must obey the law.
-- No one is above the law.
B: System of Government
13) Name one branch or part of the government.*
-- the courts
14) What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
-- checks and balances
-- separation of powers
15) Who is in charge of the Executive Branch?
-- the President
16) Who makes federal laws?
-- Senate and House (of Representatives)
-- (US or national) legislature
17) What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? *
-- the Senate and House (of Representatives)
18) How many Senators are there?
-- one hundred (100)
19) We elect a Senator for how many year?
-- six (6)
20) Who is one of your state's U.S. Senators now?*
-- Answers will vary. (District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C. [or the territory where the applicant lives] has no U.S. Senators.)
21) The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
-- four hundred thirty-five (435)
Individuals seeking to become American citizens must answer 100 questions to qualify for naturalization (source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services). Watch this space for the next question, and compare your score with your colleagues'.
* Applicants who are 65 or older and have been legal permanent residents of the US for 20 or more years may study just those questions marked with an asterisk.
World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley, an all-volunteer organization, was founded in 2003 as a forum for citizen education and participation in international issues. It is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America and serves Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange counties. www.hvworldaffairscouncil.org
Germania of Poughkeepsie has acted to preserve German-American heritage for more than 165 years, sharing our culture, customs, arts, and language to promote awareness of German contributions to American life and history for all Hudson Valley residents and visitors. In the German tradition of Gemutlichkeit, the entire Hudson Valley community and beyond are invited to explore each of Germania's many festivals, heritage and sport clubs, events, and activities. www.germaniapok.com
La Voz is the only Spanish language magazine serving the 140,000 Latinos who live in the Mid-Hudson Valley. 6000 copies are printed each month throughout the Valley. It has an estimated readership of 30,000 readers. www.lavoz.bard.edu
Mid-Hudson Heritage Center is a non-profit community organization that is dedicated to enriching our area through arts and cultural events. MHHC operates Art Centro, the Heritage Center Gallery, the Historic Glebe House, and PUF Studios. www.midhudsonheritage.org
Every Monday Community Tai Chi 6 pm - 8 pm Free; donations accepted. No experience necessary. Heritage Center Gallery, 317 Main Street Info.HeritageCenter@gmail.com
Dutchess County Interfaith Council, Inc., offers a place of education, understanding, and inclusion of all faiths. It engages in programs and opportunities that foster openness and dialogue through the leadership and participation by congregations across the county. The Council stands united against divisive rhetoric from all sources, the use of one's religion as a tool for discrimination, and calls to close borders at any level that apply solely to the followers of one faith. www.dutchesscountyinterfaith.org
Many Mid-Hudson churches offer foreign-language worship services, including the following:
Holy Cross/Santa Cruz, Episcopal, Kingston http://www.holycrosskingston.org/
Spanish service Sundays @ 4:30 (Dec – March), @ 6:00 (April-Nov)
St. Mary St. Peter, Roman Catholic, Kingston https://stmarystpeterkingston.org/
Spanish service Sundays @ 11:00
Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie http://www.christchurchpok.org/
Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish service Sundays @ 1:00
Holy Trinity, Roman Catholic, Poughkeepsiehttps://holytrinitypoughkeepsie.com/mass-schedule Filipino mass in Tagalog 3rd Sunday @ 4:00
St. Mary-St. Joseph and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Roman Catholic, Poughkeepsie
https://smsj-olmc.org Spanish (St. Mary) - Sundays @ 12:00 and Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:30 pm Polish 3rd Sunday @ 9:30 (OLMC)
The Women’s Professional Network is an educational and networking organization that provides a supportive environment for enterprising women in New York's Hudson Valley to form professional relationships, inspire one another, and develop an entrepreneurial spirit. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Days for Girls International, active for the past 10 years in several countries including the United States, has produced and delivered 103,000 kits to girls worldwide. According to Michelle Obama's Global Girls Initiative, 98 million adolescent girls are not in school throughout the world -- and some of those may not be attending classes because of their menstrual cycle. Days for Girls offers us a way to help them complete their education.)
The following scenes from the November 17, 2018, workshop illustrate the volunteers' efforts. On this day, we were joined by two Vassar College students who will be among the team that will deliver kits to girls studying in the school assisted by Vassar's Haiti Project. The isolated school and its nearby hospital, also part of the project, suffered significant damage during a recent earthquake.
Scenes from the Days for Girls workshop on October 20, 2018, when two dozen volunteers -- including 12 students from Marist College - worked for 3 hours completing the many tasks involved in kit production:
For further information about the worldwide Days for Girls program, go to www.daysforgirls.org.
On March 8, 2017, International Women's Day was celebrated with a fair at Dutchess Community College where booths were staffed by many local organizations, lectures were given, performances were enjoyed, and lots of networking was done!
Top: Poet Gold, C. McGill, D. Kelly, C. Durkin, M. DeWald, Bottom: B. Harrel, M. DeWald, S. Govender, M. Nijhuis, D. Kelly
Plans were made for Poughkeepsie to attend CSW on March 14, 2017 however the weather had a different idea with snow in NYC (left) and snow in Poughkeepsie (right).