Advocacy participants had an in district meeting with the office of Cory Booker in February at his Newark Office. During this meeting, volunteers brought up our concerns of budget cuts and asked that the Senator support bringing the funding up to $450 million for the next fiscal year to help Peace Corps grow and fill the requests of other nations for volunteers.
Our biggest success was on Capitol Hill Day, March 5th where eleven NJ volunteers gathered with a couple hundred others to visit the offices of lawmakers to support the Peace Corps. Our NJ volunteers managed to convene 11 meetings this day. In our meetings we discuss current Peace Corps issues including use of the P.C logo on final resting places (H.R 1411), and the P.C reauthorization act 3456. This resolution includes funding of $450 million, the Respect Act, increased disability pay from GS-7 to GS-11, and enhanced non-competitive eligibility for recently returned volunteers.
Do you want to help??
People interested in attending in district meetings can contact Susan Metzger as we are beginning to line some up now for the upcoming months.
Take Action! You can follow this link for letter writing actions that includes a call to sign these important Dear Colleague letters.
Susan Metzer, Advocacy Chair