It’s August…We’re Advocating!
By Jonathan Pearson on Monday, August 5th, 2013
With Congress beginning a five-week break from its work in Washington, and indications that various large interest groups are mobilizing to press hard for their issues of concern, members of the Peace Corps community will be busy making their case as well.
Thanks to the preparation, energy and dedication of many citizen advocates around the country, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, former staff, Peace Corps applicants and others are seeking an audience with their elected representatives to bring forth the local, constituent voice calling on Congress to honor, respect and support the Peace Corps.
Things got off to a good start on Saturday in Long Island when National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Board of Directors member Sharon Keld (Morocco/Philippines/Armenia 2006-11) and fellow Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Kathy Williams-Ging (Peru 1971-73) had a meeting at a local library with their Congressman, Steve Israel, to discuss Peace Corps funding and other legislation currently before the House of Representatives.
Congressman Israel tweeted about their August 3rd meeting! But he also did more than that. Along with listening about the need for strong Peace Corps funding, he indicated his willingness to co-sponsor both the Peace Corps Commemorative legislation (H.R. 915) and the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act of 2013 (H.R. 1573).
It’s not just Long Island. In at least twenty-two states, more than thirty NPCA advocates are at work setting up meetings with the district offices of their Senators and/or Congressmen/women.
Follow this link to see if meetings are being organized in your area, and contact the lead NPCA organizer if you can participate. If you don’t see your area on the list, contact us at email@example.com right away. Let us know where you live and find out how you can help!