Thursday, June 23, 2011

Upcoming Action Steps to Help Pass Bill

After many months of work, the time has finally come for public action to help pass the bill.

This is your opportunity to help enact legislation that will literally help save lives of future Peace Corps Volunteers, make sure Volunteers who are raped or otherwise attacked receive the support they need & deserve, and help build a stronger & safer Peace Corps that lives up to its legacy. (For all of us who love the Peace Corps and its wonderful Volunteers, this is perhaps the best thing that can be done to honor all the amazing good they do for the world!)

We have much work to do however to see this bill become law. There are still many members of Congress who have yet to be informed of the bill and understand its importance. Others may not understand what the bill does and/or mistakenly view it as a threat to the Peace Corps - instead of a law to help the Peace Corps become an even safer place for Volunteers to serve and thus help enhance its future reputation and accomplishments. 

Finally the legislation was crafted with the Peace Corps' close involvement on every step, and their leadership has told us (and Members of Congress) repeatedly that it fully supports the bill and indeed that it will help ensure their legacy of addressing many long-standing problems after the current leadership departs. However, the Peace Corps' press release today was disappointingly vague. We hope to soon see  public statements by the Peace Corps that match their private enthusiasm and the spirit of unity which both sides have been committed to throughout this process.

Your support can help make sure that the "Kate Puzey Peace Corps Protection Act" sustains the momentum it needs to get passed by Congress and signed by President Obama into law. 

Upcoming steps:
* We will post a "How to Help" guide here for writing letters and making phone calls
* Everyone can start by using our template (posted soon) to write a short letter
* Then - as we move forward - you can help by emailing your letter to your congressional representatives and anyone else whose support we need (ex: the White House).
[Please note: you can just modify a single letter for anyone you contact]
* Other actions for support - such as calling your representative's office - will also be suggested

PLEASE WAIT HOWEVER - It is better to start outreach at the same time

We will be providing updates soon on outreach details.


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