Archive - June 23, 2011

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Talking with Christopher Howard (Mongolia 1997) author of Tea of Ulaanbaatar
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New Legislation to Support PCVs: The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Safety and Security Act

Talking with Christopher Howard (Mongolia 1997) author of Tea of Ulaanbaatar

In the mail, I received a message that began: As the minutes passed, the recycled air in the fuselage became like old breath. The planeload of Americans shot nervous looks at each other. Pinpricks of sweat forming on skin, cool but quickly warming. Charlotte joked that they had been abandoned, left to suffocate on the tarmac as a message to all foreigners. They crowded around the windows to look at their new home. The skyline was made of Soviet-built apartment compounds, sooty smokestacks. They saw a man from the ground crew idling on the tarmac. The man looked up, saw their faces pressed against the portholes. They slapped the glass and called to him. He smiled, revealing rotten teeth, but made no move to assist. The temperature soared. So begins National Magazine Award finalist Christopher Howard’s second novel, Tea of Ulaanbaatar: the story of disaffected Peace Corps Volunteer Warren, who . . .

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New Legislation to Support PCVs: The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Safety and Security Act

First Response Action is reporting that today, Thursday June 23rd at 2:15 p.m. EST, Congressman Poe and Senator Isakson will introduce legislation to support Volunteers who report or experience crime.  The legislation, The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Safety and Security Act, is the product of both Congressman Poe and Senator Isakson working closely with the Peace Corps, First Response Action and Kate’s Voice.  The Peace Corps has expressed “verbal support” for the bill and a press release is anticipated following the press conference on Thursday. You can find more information at the First Response Action blog, as well as,  information on the legislation: http://firstresponseaction.blogspot.com/2011/06/legislation-to-be-introduced-kate-puzey.html First Response Action Coalition www.firstresponseaction.org

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