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Your easy-to-use Constituent Opinion Ballot is a quick way to let your representative and your senators know how you feel they should vote on the most vital legislation in Congress. With NWYC at your fingertips, you will have all the contact information you need to express your opinion to them about any issue you choose.

America’s Legacy

The Foundation of Freedom

Written for middle and high school students, the 2017 “America’s Legacy” book focuses on the text and history of the United States’ Founding Documents, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Additional sections cover the elements of citizenship (how to be a good American citizen); the three branches of government and separation of powers; and excerpts from great American speeches. Interesting “Freedom Facts” and SGAP infographics are included throughout the book.

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SGAP is a nationwide program received by students in all 50 states, with about one million students having participated since it was begun in 1992. Materials are factual, nonpartisan, non-political and content appropriate for teenagers. Program costs are supported by the generosity of corporations, foundations, business executives and private citizens who value America’s students and realize their importance to our country’s future. Established by National Write Your Congressman, SGAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization so contributions are tax deductible consistent with IRS regulations.

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“Thank you for this program. It is very helpful for AP Government and Economics Honors and Standard levels. Once I get them hooked, the students ask when is the next one coming?”

Educator in Sanford, FL

“I give the America’s Legacy books to each of my AP Government students as a reward for taking and completing the class. It is something that students have come back years later showing me their copy explaining how helpful it was in their college classes.”

Educator in Prosper, TX

“One of our main goals at DISD is to build civic literacy among our students and build good citizens. Your program teaches them critical thinking, civil discourse, and other skills they will need after they graduate. SGAP is an extension of the social studies standards and provides great information.”

Social Studies Instructional Coordinator, Dallas Independent School District

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Research Links and Discussion Questions for May 2022 Topics

Research Links and Discussion Questions for May 2022 Topics

Issue 1: Energy Independence
1. Why would a country want to achieve energy independence? What are the benefits?
2. Which approach should be at the heart of U.S. national energy policy—increasing energy production domestically or shifting the emphasis to renewable energy resources such as wind and solar? Outline the reasons for your answer.
3. What should the United States do about climate change? Should it adopt strong policies to reduce the use of fossil fuels? Or should it encourage more research and hold off on adopting strict requirements for now? Why?

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SGAP Newsletter for May 2022 (Energy Independence + CROWN Act)

SGAP Newsletter for May 2022 (Energy Independence + CROWN Act)

Changes to Longstanding Traditions Signal Shakeups for 2024 Presidential Elections: IN APRIL, both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC) initiated changes to longstanding party traditions, signaling shakeups to come for the 2024 presidential elections. On April 13, the Democratic National Committee voted to stop giving Iowa and New Hampshire the automatic privilege of going first in holding presidential nominating contests in the primary process.

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SGAP Newsletter for April 2022 (Daylight Saving Time + Border Wall)

SGAP Newsletter for April 2022 (Daylight Saving Time + Border Wall)

Congress Steps into Spring with New Legislation: Biden Signs Spending Bill into Law that Dedicates Billions to Ukraine Aid but Falls Short of Climate Support. ON MARCH 15, President Joe Biden signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, a 2,741-page spending bill that will fund the federal government through September and provide $13.6 billion in fresh aid to Ukraine as the country fights back against Russia’s invasion. The spending package, known as the omnibus, will provide funding through fiscal year 2021, which started in October. Lawmakers have been negotiating over the legislation for months and have passed three stopgap funding bills to keep the government running in the meantime.

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SGAP Newsletter for March 2022 (32-Hour Workweek + China Competition Bills)

SGAP Newsletter for March 2022 (32-Hour Workweek + China Competition Bills)

ON JAN. 27, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced he would retire, giving President Joe Biden an opportunity to nominate a new jurist to the country’s highest court. In a letter to Biden, the justice said his resignation would take effect at the end of the current term, usually in late June or early July. Since Justice Breyer announced he would retire, court watchers have identified a shortlist of potential contenders for the seat—particularly based on Biden’s promise to name a Black woman to the nation’s highest court. At press time, Ketanji Brown Jackson, J. Michelle Childs and Leondra Kruger have been named as three possible nominees.

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