Archive - June 2009

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Conservative Newsmax.com Rallys For Bold New Peace Corps
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Review: Allen W. Fletcher's Peace Corps Book
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Looking For A Job? Seeking A New Career
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Laurence Leamer in today's HuffingtonPost.com
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Review: The Man Who Killed Osama
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What Larry Leamer (Nepal 1964-66) Had To Say At Yesterday's Peace Corps Rally
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McCollum Supports $450 Million For Peace Corps
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Dozens Rally for Peace Corps Expansion: The Headline Says It All
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Peace Corps Rally This Afternoon
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Peter (Of Peter, Paul & Mary) Gives His Support For MorePeaceCorps

Conservative Newsmax.com Rallys For Bold New Peace Corps

 Writing on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, on Nexsmax.com Dave Eberhart had this to say, and check out the comments that go with the article   Before Laurence Leamer was the celebrated author of such seminal best-sellers as “King of the Night” and “The Kennedy Women,” he was a young Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. As he poignantly recalled in a recent speech, “I was posted in a tiny village in the eastern hills, two days from a road. And there I began to think of something other than myself. I learned to help people and reach out to the world with a helping hand, and I became a man I had never been… “I have lived on the residue of that spirit for my entire life.” But like about 195,000 Peace Corps volunteers who have served as American missionaries for peace and democracy since President John F. Kennedy launched the program in 1961, Leamer . . .

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Review: Allen W. Fletcher's Peace Corps Book

Allen W. Fletcher was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1969. He served in Senegal as a Communi ty Development Volunteer. Returning home, he earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley (1984) and worked as a general contractor/designer/builder in Northern California. Recently he returned home and founded Worcester Publishing Ltd., publisher of several local newspapers and magazines. He is also an instructor at Boston Architectural College. His  “Peace Corps stories” are published in this beautiful edition by his company, Worcester Publishing, and Lawrence F. Lihosti (Honduras 1975-77) has given it a glowing review. Take a look! • Heat, Sand, and Friends by Allen W. Fletcher (Senegal 1969–71) Worcester Publishing Ltd. 2009 158 pages $15.00 Reviewed by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77) Allen W. Fletcher has written and published an extraordinary account of his service and in so doing, bears witness. Rather than write . . .

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Looking For A Job? Seeking A New Career

It is tough getting a job even in the best of times. To help RPCVs and PCVs, Peace Corps Worldwide has developed an on-line ‘talent bank’ available to organizations interested in hiring people with  your experience. RPCVs and PCVs planning what to do next are registering already to be part of this  job bank of talented Peace Corps veterans. Here’s how this free on-line talent bank for RPCVs works: RPCVs can set up a profile at http://pcworldwide.cambridgedata.com/apply There’s never any cost to the RPCV and we restrict access to legitimate employers. RPCVs interested in being contacted by potential employers, for work in the US or overseas, should register – it takes about 10 minutes. Once we have a critical mass of registrants we will promote this Talent Bank to organizations working internationally, as well as organizations working in the US which serve immigrant communities or otherwise might need some of the particular linguistic, . . .

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Laurence Leamer in today's HuffingtonPost.com

Larry Leamer (Nepal 1964–66), author of Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach among other books has the following essay posted today in the Huffingtpost.com. • Join Us, Mr. President!! I was the next-to-the-last speaker Saturday at a rally in Washington to build a bold new Peace Corps. Rajeev Goyal, the Morepeacecorps.org national organizer, and I had decided to do this rally only nine days before. It would have been a formidable new task even if we have done nothing else. But we were already working ceaselessly to get the House of Representatives to appropriate the $450 million that would allow the Peace Corps to grow and to reform. We were close to success in the House thanks to a relentless group of representatives and legislative aides. Our problem was not only what would happen in the Senate but President Obama. For some . . .

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Review: The Man Who Killed Osama

I could think of no better to review The Man Who Killed Osama by George P. Matheos than RPCV Darcy Munson Meijer. Darcy currently lives with her family in the United Arab Emirates and teaches English at  Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. • The Man Who Killed Osama by George P. Matheos (Ethiopia 1963–65) iUniverse October 2008 256 pages $26.95 Reviewed by Darcy Munson Meijer (Gabon 1982-84) I liked this lively book, though Matheos’ style took getting used to. Some clever American writer had to take on the woeful story of America’s obsession with Osama bin Laden, and Matheos does it with humor and suspense. The Man Who Killed Osama follows Jake and Jo Ann, naïve newlyweds, from Chicago to Beirut and back, as they become involved in tracking down America’s Public Enemy #1. On the way, Matheos weaves subplots that add depth and suspense. Matheos opens the story with one of Jake’s nightmares, . . .

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What Larry Leamer (Nepal 1964-66) Had To Say At Yesterday's Peace Corps Rally

When I joined the Peace Corps, I was an alienated, troubled young man   I was almost thrown out during training and I arrived in Nepal in 1964 looking for adventure, not looking to help humanity.  I was posted in a tiny village in the eastern hills two days from a road.  And there I began to think of something other than myself.  I learned to help people and reach out to the world with a helping hand, and I became a man I had never been.  In Nepal the mountains are high but the human spirit is higher, and I took in that spirit and I returned to the United States a new man. I have lived on the residue of that spirit for my entire life.  But a few years ago it ran out, and I have felt spiritually bereft.  I have felt terrible empty. For the few months . . .

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McCollum Supports $450 Million For Peace Corps

A friend sent me the following early this Sunday morning…See, I’m not the only one awake and on the computer!  [John: Senator McCollum released this Friday afternoon. Every little bit helps. It could be either to deflect criticism/disappointment–hey, I tried to help; to claim some of the credit– hey, I was there for the PC ; or, most likely because she is doing her bit to help grow the PC. Whatever, calls to both offices would help. So would a personal note to her DC fax 202.225.1968. Her DC Office # is 202.225.6631. Her local # is: 651.224.9191] From McCollum’s Office, June 12, 2009  Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) sent a letter to the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations yesterday requesting the inclusion of $450 million for the Peace Corps in the upcoming mark up of the FY10 spending bill. “As our nation works to restore our standing in the world, . . .

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Dozens Rally for Peace Corps Expansion: The Headline Says It All

A piece this Sunday morning in the Washington Post by Staff Writer Yamiche Alcindor says it all: “Dozens Gather.” Okay, to rephrase Edgar Allan Poe, “During the whole of a dull, dark, and rainy afternoon in the early summer of the year a few hundred (not dozens!) gathered in Washington, D.C., to campaign for a “bold” (new phrase) New Peace Corps.” Here’s the early morning report this Sunday, June 14, 2009, from Yamiche Alcindor. Dozens of Peace Corps volunteers rallied downtown yesterday, urging Congress and the Obama administration to expand the program. “We want to help the president adhere to his vision,” said Harris Wofford, a former Democratic senator from Pennsylvania who helped launch the Peace Corps in 1961. Organizers said they hoped to prod President Obama to make good on his promise to double the number of Peace Corps volunteers and allot $450 million to the volunteer program, up from about $373 million the administration . . .

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Peace Corps Rally This Afternoon

Speaking today at the rally will be: Tim Shriver –  son of  Sargent Shriver.  Former Senator, Harris Wofford Anthony Johnson, the Jamaican Ambassador Writer Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1964-66) Head of MorePeaceCorps, Rajeev Goyal (Nepal 2004-06) The event will feature music from an 22-woman Brazilian drumming group Batala, Peruvian flutist Juan Cayrampoma and the  rock-n-roll band Cairo Fred. After the event, starting at 5 pm, everyone will gather at the Aria Trattoria Restaurant at 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Peter (Of Peter, Paul & Mary) Gives His Support For MorePeaceCorps

[Thanks to great Peace Corps Veteran Geri Critchley, and thanks to Peter Yarrow, we have Peter’s recent letter to Rep. Nita Lowey in support of MorePeace Corps.] Dearest Rep. Nita Lowey, This is a personal message to you from your buddy, your long time  supporter and your friend, Puff’s “real” daddy. In the vote coming up  next week on Peace Corps funding, we have a SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT  opportunity to send a message to our nation, and nations beyond, that could greatly help  to rejuvenate the spirit of humanity, morality and generosity in America, so  absent from our policies, our funding and our actions, during the Bush years. We cannot lose this special opportunity,  and I’m relying on you, as one of my favorite and most respected members of  the House, to “hang in there” for doing the right thing, as you have in the  past. Though I fully expect that you’ll . . .

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