Archive - April 29, 2013

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George Packer (Togo 1982-84) Writes About Boston in Current New Yorker
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PEACE CORPS GOES TO CONGRESS – TWO BILLS AND A BUDGET
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The Peace Corps: Celebration of the Life and Service of RPCV Ambassador Chris Stevens

George Packer (Togo 1982-84) Writes About Boston in Current New Yorker

The April 29, 2013  issue of The New Yorker has a piece about Boston by George Packer (Togo 1982-83) in The Talk of the Town comment section. Packer writes about the city, its history, the Marathon, and the bombing.  He writes about how the spectators rushed to the scene, not away from it. “A man who had lost his own son in the Iraq War rushed a young man whose lower legs had been blown off to the tent, and so kept another father from losing his son.” He comments on the fact that Bostonians responded to the moment while our Senators in Washington, D.C. “cowered before the gun lobby and blocked passage of the most basic provisions–provisions supported by an overwhelming majority of the public–to diminish the gun violence to which more and more Americans, especially young men, are prone.” If you don’t get The New Yorker, my guess is . . .

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PEACE CORPS GOES TO CONGRESS – TWO BILLS AND A BUDGET

Peace Corps has three pieces of legislation pending in Congress: The Peace Corps Equity Act; The Peace Corps Budget as part of  the President’s budget; and H. R. 1573 Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers of 2013. The Equity Act and the Respect Act both address inequities that derive from the ambiguity of the legal status of the Peace Corps Volunteer: A private citizen acting in a public capacity. Attention needs to be paid to all three of these measures as their approval is by no means certain. Let’s look at each one. The Peace Corps Equity Act of 2013 was introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D- NJ). His office issued a press release: here is the link: http://www.lautenberg.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=341534& From that announcement: The “Peace Corps Equity Act of 2013” would allow the Peace Corps to provide its volunteers with health insurance coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman is . . .

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The Peace Corps: Celebration of the Life and Service of RPCV Ambassador Chris Stevens

An invitation to signers of the petition requesting that the Peace Corps honor RPCV Ambassador Chris Stevens: …………………………………………………………………………………… Please join Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet in a celebration of the life and service of The Honorable J. Christopher Stevens U.S. Ambassador to Libya Thursday, May, 2, 2013 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shriver Hall Paul C. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters 1111  20th Street, NW, Washington, D.C Please RSVP by Friday, April 26, 2013 by clicking HERE NOTE: Seating is limited.

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