Archive - September 5, 2014

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Tom Miller on Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965-67)
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RPCVs in Congress form the Peace Corps Caucus

Tom Miller on Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965-67)

Tom Miller has been writing about Latin America and the American Southwest for more than thirty years, bringing us extraordinary stories of ordinary people. His highly acclaimed adventure books include “The Panama Hat Trail” about South America, “On the Border,” an account of his travels along the U.S.-Mexico frontier, “Trading With the Enemy,” which takes readers on his journeys through Cuba, and, about the American Southwest, “Revenge of the Saguaro” (formerly “Jack Ruby’s Kitchen Sink” — which won the coveted Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book of the Year in 2001). He has edited three compilations, “Travelers’ Tales Cuba,” “Writing on the Edge: A Borderlands Reader,” and “How I Learned English.” Additionally, he was a major contributor to the four-volume “Encyclopedia Latina.” This following piece on Moritz Thomsen ran in the Washington Post Book Section in October 2008. Recently the article way expanded and republished in Spanish and English . . .

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RPCVs in Congress form the Peace Corps Caucus

The voice for Peace Corps in Washington has become louder because now there is a Peace Corps Caucus. The dictionary definition for caucus is: A group of people who share concerns within a political party or larger organization. The larger organization is the US House of Representatives and the group of people who initiated the Peace Corps Caucus are the five Returned Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in the House of Representatives – California Democratic Congressman Sam Farr (Colombia 1964-66) California Democratic Congressman Mike Honda (El Salvador 1965-67) California Democratic Congressman John Garamendi (Ethiopia 1966-68) Wisconsin Republican Congressman Tom Petri (Somalia 1966-67) and Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy (Dominican Republic 2004-06). Representative Kennedy is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and the grand nephew of both President Kennedy and Sargent Shriver. The National Peace Corps Association describes in excellent detail the function of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus; lists the . . .

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