A touch more info on what "Dubaya" wants to destroy
Attachment: Forwarded Message From: "Dane Smith" <dane@...> To: "NPCA Advocacy" <npca-k@...> Subject: FW: Peace Corps News Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 18:04:13 -0500
Friends, Three brief items of news: I. Concerns about the Future Autonomy of the Peace Corps Some of our members have expressed concern that the Peace Corps may be absorbed into the new USA Freedom Corps created by Executive Order in January 2002. The NPCA is aware of earlier moves -- actual and proposed -- to absorb the Peace Corps into something else, i.e. State Department or AID, Action, Americorps. We would strongly oppose any move to undercut the Peace Corps' independence and autonomy. The Executive Order creating USA Freedom Corps is somewhat reassuring in that regard. USAFC appears to be an umbrella organization designed to facilitate and help institutionalize response to the President's appeal for citizen service. The Executive Order indicates that the Peace Corps will retain its autonomy. The Director of the Peace Corps is a member of the Board of USA Freedom Corps. We will keep an eye on this issue. We have already registered our views on it with the Peace Corps (Gaddi Vasquez and Jody Olsen) and will do so with the White House and the Congress during upcoming consultations. We will strongly oppose it, if it becomes a threat. II. Safety of Peace Corps Volunteers Other members have expressed worry that risks to Volunteers in service could increase, with increased numbers and special focus on Muslim nations. In his February 15 statement after the swearing-in of Gaddi Vasquez as Director, President Bush noted that "the war [against terror] thrust upon us an enemy who hates every good -- everything the Peace Corps stands for." He spoke about strengthening the Peace Corps and "creating opportunities in other nations [including] new opportunities in Muslim nations for us to spread the good story about the values, the universal values, we hold so dear." The Peace Corps currently has a task force, chaired by Deputy Director Jody Olsen, looking in depth at security issues. The safety of Volunteers is clearly a priority consideration for the Agency. However, in meetings with Vasquez and Olsen today and shortly with other members of the Administration, as well as with key members of Congress, we have stressed and will stress that doubling the number of Volunteers -- which we favor -- needs to be done in such a way as to minimize threats to their security. We are noting that special care needs to be exercised in increasing volunteers in the Middle East, Central and South Asia at this time. III. Dick Pyle Begins Consulting Position with the Peace Corps NPCA Board Chair Dick Pyle has recently accepted a consultant position with the Peace Corps and will begin working with the Office of Special Services March 4. That office handles issues and activities relating to his training and experience as a counseling psychologist. Dick will leave the Board in June when his term is up. He will remain on the board until that time as long as there is no conflict of interest with his new postion. Have a nice week-end. Dane Smith Ethiopia/Eritrea 1963-65 President president@... --- Please note: The materials and information included in this listserv are provided as a service to you. The NPCA is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided from outside sources. We encourage subscribers to pass the information along to colleagues and other interested parties. Please credit this listserv as the source and include subscription information. To subscribe to this list, send a blank e-mail to: NPCA-K-join@... Or point your browser to: http://list.vita.org/scripts/lyris.pl?join=NPCA-K
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me - so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing
you with beer.
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