Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1965-67) author of Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach has put out a call on today’s Huffington Post calling all RPCVs to rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. (14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) on June 13th (Saturday) at 2 p.m., in support of “Obama’s Peace Corps Vision.”
Joining Larry Leamer and hundreds of other RPCVs will be, Leamer writes, “former Senator Harris Wofford, a lifelong champion of volunteering, speaks from the depths of his great heart. You will be there listening as Tim Shriver, the CEO of Special Olympics International and the son of Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, speaks with passion of a world of challenge and diversity. You will be there listening to the incredible list of speakers of all ages and backgrounds who will be presenting their own testimonies. You will be there listening to Cairo Fred, one of DC’s hottest bands, as they play as part of the entertainment.”
Your moment has come, Larry writes, “You will be there because you believe in an America that reaches out to the rest of the world with peace and promise. You will be there because you listened to President Obama’s fervent promise during the campaign to double the size of the Peace Corps, to send Americans out in new lands and in new ways with outreached hands and open hearts. You will be there to tell the President and Congress that it must give the Peace Corps the full appropriation of $450 million so it can become a bold new force in the 21st century. You will be there for the most important rally in Washington in a long time because you must be there.”
You! Listen! Don’t let Larry down!