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June 26, 2019

Rep. Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan Peace Corps Reauthorization Act

Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R.3456), with bipartisan support. The bill’s original cosponsors include Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA) and Garret Graves (R-LA)—co-chairs of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus with Congressman Garamendi—and Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ), Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), and Donna E. Shalala (D-FL). The Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R.3456) would provide additional federal funding and resources to advance the Peace Corps’ mission around the world and better support current, returning, and former Peace Corps volunteers. Representatives Garamendi (Ethiopia 1966-1968), Kennedy (Dominican Republic 2004-2006), and Shalala (Iran 1962-1964) are returned Peace...

June 20, 2019

To Austin and Beyond!

What a great gathering of the Peace Corps community last weekend in Austin, Texas during Peace Corps Connect on June 20 - 22. But our travels didn't stop there Immediately following the conference, members of NPCA spread out across four states to meet with more RPCVs and former Peace Corps employees in the region. Visit our events calendar or scroll through our itinerary (below) as a few stops remain in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.   SUNDAY, JUNE 23 DALLAS, TX Meetup with NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm Location: L U C K (Local Urban Craft Kitchen) at Trinity Groves, 3011 Gulden...

June 18, 2019

US House Rejects Amendment that included One Year Elimination of Peace Corps Funds

Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives came together Tuesday evening to soundly reject a proposal to re-allocate foreign assistance funding in Fiscal Year 2020, including the elimination of all House funds slated for the Peace Corps. An amendment to the State/Foreign Operations funding package to cut just over $19 billion in foreign assistance programs was defeated by a vote of 315 to 110. 81 House Republicans joined 234 House Democrats to defeat the amendment. In bringing forth the amendment last week, Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) argued that funds needed to be re-allocated, to compensate for an earlier House vote to provide...

June 13, 2019

Putumayo Presents: World Peace

Putumayo is pleased to announce the release of World Peace on June 14th, 2019. Inspired by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and other 1960s leaders’ search for peace and justice, World Peace features renowned artists Jackson Browne, Nina Simone, Keb’ Mo’, India.Arie, Richard Bona, David Broza, Wyclef Jean, the international collective Playing for Change, and others who have been committed to writing and recording songs of peace and freedom. It begins with contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’, who recorded a moving version of the 1975 classic “Wake Up Everybody” with its inspirational lyrics “there is so...

June 4, 2019

Peace Corps 40 Under 40

During our 40th anniversary, National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is excited to celebrate some of the younger members within our Peace Corps community. Peace Corps 40 Under 40 is an opportunity to highlight the achievements of future leaders who exemplify the values of the Peace Corps mission. Honorees will be selected based on their professional accomplishments, commitment to Peace Corps values, and community contributions. To nominate someone from the Peace Corps community who has made outstanding contributions to their field and community click the button below.   Nomination Criteria Individuals must: Be under the age of 40 by June 1st, 2019. Have made a...

June 3, 2019

Community Achievements – June 2019

Community News - Achievements of RPCVs Author: Peter Deekle June 2019   ARMENIA Joseph Andriano (2011) teaches business law, employment law, business ethics, and serves as a pre-law advisor. He has been awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Endowed Fund in honor of Dr. Robert John McGill and Dr. Nye Smith Award, the Phalanx Commendable Service Award, and the Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award. In addition, he was inducted into the Phalanx Society, Clarkson University’s (NY) highest honorary society.   CAPE VERDE ISLANDS Eleanor Stanford (1998-2000), the author of three books of poetry, has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for 2019, and...

May 28, 2019

Letter from RPCVs Urge Support for Legislation Honoring Peace Corps Service

We share a letter from members of the Peace Corps community urging support for the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act. Take action after you read it! Dear Members and Friends of the Peace Corps Community, We write to you as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and/or former staff who served in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. As many from our generation of service are growing older, we imagine many share our view that we would like to be able to have our Peace Corps service recognized by allowing the placement of the official Peace Corps seal or emblem at gravesites and in death...

May 15, 2019

Sue Richiedei Named the 2019 Women of Peace Corps Legacy Deborah Harding Award Winner

The Women of Peace Corps Legacy is pleased to award the 2019 Deborah Harding Award to Sue Richiedei!   Sue has dedicated her 35-year career to ensuring women are meaningfully engaged in greater numbers as leaders, decision makers, and advocates at all levels. As a 22-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer in 1976 in northeast Thailand, Sue understood the importance of improving the lives of girls in a male-dominated society. She has dedicated her life to training, advocacy, and reproductive health service delivery projects throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She has helped thousands of women find and use their voice...

May 15, 2019

In Memoriam – May 2019

We mourn the loss of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Chelsea Decaminada, who died from injuries sustained during recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. We also honor community leaders whose service impacted so many lives, both here in the United States and abroad.     Chelsea Decaminada, an international program specialist on assignment for the U.S. Department of Commerce, died May 4 due to injuries she sustained during terrorist bombing attacks on Sri Lankan churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. “Chelsea devoted her life to public service, and her dedication and spirit were a model for all of us at Commerce,” said...

May 13, 2019

Water Crisis on Sioux Reservations

NPCA and Water Charity teamed up to raise $10,000 to provide water filtration units to nearly 2,000 residents of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations near Pine Ridge, South Dakota. State Governor Kristi Noem sent National Guard units to deal with critical water shortages due to flooding after continuing rain and snow melt. The Associated Press reported on March 25 that two weeks of Midwestern floods have nearly paralyzed residents of remote Sioux Nations reservations in southern South Dakota, swamping roads, trapping people in homes and cutting off water supplies to thousands. The tribe estimates that as many as 8,000 people...

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