Have You Done Your Piece?
- Americans spent 4 times more on Thanksgiving dinner in 2011 than we did on the Peace Corps.*
- Less than 5 days of current military spending is equal to all government spending on Peace Corps over the past 50 years.**
- If 2011 federal spending were compressed into 24 hours, spending for the Peace Corps would be exhausted in 8 seconds.***
It only takes a few seconds to do your piece. Together we can protect the future and legacy of the Peace Corps.
There are 3 ways to Do Your Piece
- Please find one other person to sign up for regular advocacy updates
- Join us during our next major mobilization: NPCA’s 8th Annual National Day of Action – March 1, 2012
What have the National Peace Corps Association’s recent Advocacy Efforts accomplished?
- We helped coordinate congressional district meetings this past August. At least 25 meetings were held in at least 14 states in this first time effort.
- We organized 500 NPCA Advocates who came to Capitol Hill on September 22nd during our 50th anniversary weekend.
- Following our Advocacy Day, more than 60 lawmakers co-sponsored Peace Corps legislation, inlcuding 14 lawmakers who had never supported previous Peace Corps actions!
- Peace Corps Commemorative legislation is advancing! House legislation awaits final action by the Natural Resources Committee. In the Senate, Committee action is complete and the legislation is on its way to the full Senate.
- The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act saw a 33% increase in co-sponsors following our 50th Anniversary Advocacy Day (Since then, the bill has passed Congress and awaits the President’s signature).
- RPCV letters written for Advocacy Day were entered into the record of an October 6th Senate Peace Corps hearing by NPCA President Kevin Quigley during his testimony.
- The Senate and House Appropriations Committees are both recommending no further funding cuts to Peace Corps for Fiscal Year 2012.
- That’s just what we’ve been up to in the past few months. Check out some of the earlier victories of the NPCA and our community.
Without your help, our voice is not as strong on Capitol Hill.
As you know, the 50th Anniversary Advocacy Day marked a beginning, not an end. We need your financial support to help us keep mobilizing the Peace Corps community.
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*Based on 2011 estimate of the American Farm Bureau Federation that this year’s average cost for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for ten people will be $49.20
**Based on FY 11 spending estimates for military defense ($768 Billion) via usgovernmentspending.com and Peace Corps FY 11 spending of $375 Million
***Based on FY 11 federal spending estimate ($3.8 Trillion) via usgovernmentspending.com and Peace Corps FY 11 spending of $375 Million