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Urgent Request: Thousands of Calls Needed through February 2010 from Peace Corps Supporters to President Obama (202-456-1111)
December 6, 2009  |  News, Uncategorized

Urgent Request: Keep Calling and Emailing President Obama (202-456-1111)

If you take action, let us know:

Call: 202-456-1111, M-F 9 AM – 5PM

“President Obama, during your campaign, you promised to build a Peace Corps of 16,000 volunteers by 2011 but failed to provide the budget in your 2010 budget increase.  Through an outpouring of thousands of emails, phone calls, and face-to-face visits, former volunteer activists were able to get $27 million above your $33 million request, a historic $60 million increase to expand the Peace Corps.  But as you forge your fiscal year 2011 request to the Congress for Peace Corps, we ask you to bear in mind your promise of 16,000 volunteers.  We urge you to consider that since 1966, the cost of gasoline has gone up nine times, but the Peace Corps budget has only tripled.  We ask you to remember that Peace Corps is half the size it was in 1966 despite demand from over 20 countries for volunteers and 15,386 applicants.  We ask you to take note that there are 149 Champions in Congress who support your goal of doubling Peace Corps – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike.  Please keep your important promise and give the Peace Corps the major new funding it deserves in 2011, which marks Peace Corps for its 50th anniversary.”

-Name, Titles, Address, Peace Corps Country/Years (if volunteer)

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