Day of Action – Hours Away
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, February 25th, 2011
NPCA’s seventh annual National Day of Action in Support of the Peace Corps is almost here.
More than 40 advocates are ready to converge on Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 3rd. We have more than 80 meetings scheduled with congressional offices, and with the helping hands of some great volunteers (more are welcome!) we are preparing our leave behind packets for lawmakers.
While the Capitol Hill will be important, you will hold the key to the success of the day. On Thursday, March 3rd, we hope all supporters of the Peace Corps will send emails, make phone calls and let their friends and family know how they too can take action. It begins March 3rd at www.peacecorpsconnect.org/advocacy/dayofaction where you will find specific instructions on how to take action.
You can help spread the word and start getting ready by visiting our resources page.
And, it is never too early to take action. If you want to get started, please follow the instructions below.
Action with Your Senators:
Background: The House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill for the current fiscal year that would sharply reduce Peace Corps funding over the next seven months. Currently budgeted at $400 million, the House bill reduces Peace Corps funding to $331 million.
- Follow this link for information on how you can call or email the offices of your Senators
- Identify yourself as a constituent and a supporter of the Peace Corps.
- Leave this basic message with your Senators: ”Please support continued funding for the Peace Corps at $400 million for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Do not support the House recommendation to cut Peace Corps funding by nearly $70 million.”
- In your own words, reference why Peace Corps is important to you and why it remains relevant in this 50th anniversary year.