Category Archives: Advocacy

Advocacy News & Your Action Needed

senator_booker_office_meetingAdvocacy 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

Day of Action in Washington D.C.

Our advocacy liaison, Rowland Bennett, and other members of RPCV-NJ headed to Washington D.C. on Thursday, Feb. 27 to speak with New Jersey’s elected representatives. Read his report on the day at the Capitol and save the date for next year!

Save the date! National Day of Action – Feb. 27, 2014

Save the date and join us in Washington DC! The NPCA (National Peace Corps Association) organizes a National Day of Action to lobby on behalf of the Peace Corps.

This year’s Day of Action is February 27, 2014. RPCV-NJ’s advocacy liaison, Rowland Bennett, will be heading down to DC with a number of RPCV-NJ members to talk with our elected representatives.

Join in! We need you! Are you a recently returned volunteer? Has it been a while since you’ve participated in an RPCV-NJ event? This is the perfect time to get involved. Contact Rowland ( for information about what happens on Capitol Hill during the National Day of Action, and for information about this year’s agenda.

You can read about current issues on our advocacy page.

Part of the RPCV-NJ group in Washington DC for the Day Of Action 2013

Part of the RPCV-NJ group in Washington DC for the Day Of Action 2013 – Advocacy Liaison Rowland Bennett on the right and President Barbary Kelly second from the left