International Relations Committee
Chair: Marticia Madory 845/471-8577
WHAT DO IMMIGRANTS NEED TO KNOW
TO BECOME NATURALIZED UNITED STATES CITIZENS?
Can you answer these questions? Could you answer them in an oral exam, speaking in English even if your native language is something different? *
A: Principles of American Democracy
- What is the supreme law of the land?
-- the United States Constitution
- What does the Constitution do?
-- sets up the government
-- defines the government
-- protects basic rights of Americans
- The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. -- What are these words?
-- We the People
- What is an amendment?
-- a change (to the Constitution)
-- an addition (to the Constitution)
- What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
-- the Bill of Rights
- What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*
-- petition the government
- How many amendments does the Constitution have?
-- twenty-seven (27)
- 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)
- What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
-- pursuit of happiness
- What is freedom of religion?
-- You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
- What is the economic system in the United States?*
-- capitalist economy
-- market economy
- 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
- Name one branch or part of the government.*
-- the courts
- What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful
-- checks and balances
-- separation of powers
- Who is in charge of the Executive Branch?
-- the President
- Who makes federal laws?
-- Senate and House (of Representatives)
-- (US or national) legislature
- What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? *
-- the Senate and House (of Representatives)
- How many Senators are there?
-- one hundred (100)
- We elect a Senator for how many years?
-- six (6)
- 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.)
- The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
-- four hundred thirty-five (435)
- We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
-- two (2)
- Name your U.S. Representative.
-- Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with
nonvoting Delegates or Resident Commissioners may
provide the name of that Delegate or Commissioner.
Also acceptable is any statement that the territory has
no (voting) Representatives in Congress.]
- Who does a U.S. Senator represent? -- all people of the state
- Why do some states have more Representatives than other states? -- (because of) the state's population -- (because) they have more people -- (because) some states have more people
- We elect a President for how many years? -- four (4)
- In what month do we vote for President? -- November
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.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN CALENDAR ASSEMBLY
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
Poughkeepsie Public Library District offers a variety of activities and events for people interested in international topics at both of its locations, Adriance Memorial Library in the City of Poughkeepsie and Boardman Road Branch Library in the Town of Poughkeepsie. At the Adriance, there is a special emphasis on programming for Spanish speakers and those interested in learning and practicing Spanish. www.poklib.org
Mid-Hudson Chinese Language Center is a non-profit organization run exclusively by volunteers. It provides a family-oriented, engaging and interactive environment where students of all ages and backgrounds, come together to learn the Chinese language, its culture, and the arts. www.mhclc.org
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)
Thanks to International Relations Committee member Jackie Vierno for researching and compiling this listing of foreign-language religious services. Additions to the list will be most welcome.
Race Unity Circle meets monthly to study the vexing, persistent racial divisions that plague the Poughkeepsie Community, to nurture and grow interracial bonds of Frienship and cooperation, and to groom speakers and facilitators. www.meetup.com/The-Race-Unity-Circle-of-Poughkeepsie
Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc., is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization that works alongside disenfranchised rural residents and agricultural workers in New York State through programs of youth empowerment, education, and leadership development. www.ruralmigrantministry.org
The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network is a coalition formed by local faith communities and concerned residents to provide a network of safety and support for our immigrant friends and neighbors, who are valued members of our communities. ulsterimmigrantdefensenetwork.org
Vassar Haiti Project is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that promotes Haitian art, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and mentors student and community volunteers in the principles and practice of global citizenship. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
Days for Girls workshops are an ongoing international activity of the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW. Joined by volunteers from throughout the community, the monthly workshops produce feminine hygiene kits for girls living in developing countries, refugee camps, and shelters in the United States. Without the kits, which last for 3 - 5 years, the girls would miss 5 - 7 days of school each month. Some of the volunteers engage in sewing, but many other skills are utilized in the production and assembly process, as illustrated in these photos. Volunteers are welcomed without appointment or reservation. Sabashnee Govender 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.)
Here are some of the volunteers at our February 16, 2019, workshop:
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.
This Year's theme for the International Relations Committee is “International in Our Own Backyard”
We are making an effort to identify the international facets of our local community – including foreign students and faculty, immigrants – both experienced and recent arrivals and refugees, diplomatic and consular staff with homes in our communities, foreign employees of local corporations and institutions – and forming personal relationships with the women among them. We are examining the ethical, religious, and ethnic aspects of our differences, as well as our similarities, with a goal of achieving tolerance, understanding, and compassion. And we will share our cultures – our food, our music, our literature, our crafts – as a way of expanding all of our horizons.
Join us and help make these activities meaningful experiences for all who participate.
Past Events/Projects 2014-2016>>