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1 Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens in the USA CITIZENSHIPRights and Responsibilities of Citizens in the USA
2 PARODY ON CITIZENSHIP… What is wrong with this situation?
3 What is a citizen? What is a citizen? 1. a person who resides in a town or city2. a person who has certain rights andprivileges3. a person who is a member of a nation (bornor naturalized)4. a productive and active member of society5. Legal Aliens - enjoy many benefits ofcitizenship without “official status”
4 Rights of Citizens Rights of Citizens 1. live, be safe, and be happy 2. breathe clean air3. proper treatment when arrested4. equal opportunities – jobs,schooling5. move freely in the USA6. free speech, religion, pressand assembly
5 MORE ON CITIZENSHIP!SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE OBAMA IS NOT A CITIZEN!???
6 How are rights achieved? 1. Constitution –“constitutional” rights areguaranteed- the Bill of Rightsand other amendments2. At Birth – you have them when you are born!
7 Responsibilities as Citizens D. Responsibilities as Citizens1. Obey and R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the law2. Vote (when 18)3. Respect the military, police and firedepartments (and possibly join??)4. Report on crimes you know about5. Take part in jury duty / government6. Pay taxes – income, property and salestaxes7. Provide information to government aboutyourself – (census purposes)8. Going to school (free education)9. Being and staying informed!10. Respecting and protecting other people’s rights11. Helping your community (volunteering)
8 Important Documents E. Documents you need! 1. Birth certificate – Are you reallyyou?2. Social Security Card – itidentifies you as a specific person- used for tax returns, credit cards, school records, employment
9 Losing Rights!! Losing Rights 1. Can’t vote if you don’t register! 2. Commit a crime!3. Overthrow attempt of the government(Act of treason)4. Voting in a foreign election5. Deserting a military position6. Lying, or leaving the country as a“naturalized” citizen after a few years
10 American Values American Values 1. Equality – given in the Declaration of Independence2. Liberty - FREEDOM!3. Justice – prevent violations toothers