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Wolf: Dedicate a national deliberation day period going to each election, drive a movement at local state and national levels to offer all government websites and information on government processes in two formats, both legally and a translation into English, establishing easy to use Congressional interactive websites that presents real time upcoming legislation, make sure similar transparent sites operate covering local and state activity in every community, give each graduating senior an easy to understand guide to running for local state in national office, reinstate the practice of giving a handbook of patriotic writings and values to citizens perhaps on graduation from high school or on securing a driver’s license or registering to vote, pass federal legislation to ensure that we keep certain basic rights to assemble and protest without having to face preemptive detention, rubber bullets, microwave weapon or tasers, abolish free speech [plusses] on campuses, make sure that United States of America has a free speech plaza.  Create a national non-partisan clearing house with fulltime phone and internet advisers to help citizens run for office.  Create a nationwide version of the 311 line to direct calls to the right government department so that you know which issue is local, state or federal and how to pursue it appropriately.  Drive a pressure campaign against local and regional newspapers to ask that they post the days or the next few days’ upcoming business in Congress and the local and state level with contact numbers written in accessible conventional English.  Establish a national free system of American emerging courses so that any new or current citizen can become proficient in the common language but also able to engage in debate and deliberation as well as getting a refresher course in core American values. 


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