- October 2003 -- V olume 16, Number 5
A Modest Proposal
[In light of
so many happenings in the world political arena—from peace efforts
to terrorism and pre-emptive wars, from years of Peace Corps Volunteer
successes to retooling the Peace Corps as a means to “spread American
values”—it seems that many of us as RPCVS are clarifying more
than ever, HOW to “bring it all back home.” This letter was
written to all RPCVs by RPCV John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962–1964) for
our consideration. Please read it, consider it and share in discussion
as we work for a world of Peace—ed]
August 13, 2003
On the first weekend of August,
I attended the Annual General Meeting of the National Peace Corps Association
(NPCA) in sunny bright Portland, Oregon.
Peace Corps Writers held two
workshops on Peace Corps writing, presented a reading by Sarah Erdman,
who served in Cote d’Ivoire, from her wonderful new book, Nine Hills
to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village, and announced
the winners of the Peace Corps Writers books awards of 2003.
About 225 Returned Peace Corps
Volunteers (RPCVs) attended this weekend conference, which was also the
annual meeting of the NPCA and featured a farewell dinner for the outgoing
President and CEO of the NPCA, Dane Smith, and the introduction of Kevin
Quigley, the new president of our alumnae group. Kevin was a Peace Corps
Volunteer in Thailand from 1976–79.
The purpose of this email is to ask for your help in ‘saving’
the NPCA by helping Kevin Quigley and the NPCA. I believe strongly that
the organization needs a new vision and a new direction, and that if we
don’t help the NPCA now it will slip away into history. But first,
a little history.
The First RPCV Conference
The first RPCV Conference I attended was in 1965, held at the U.S. State
Department, less than a year after I returned from Ethiopia. At the time
only 3,000 Volunteers had returned from the developing world. The Conference,
which was put on by the Peace Corps, was called “Citizens in a Time
of Change” and was held on the weekend of March 1, the organization’s
fourth anniversary. Its purpose was to discuss the RPCVs’ role in
At the time, President Johnson
was building a “Great Society” and declared that “a
Great Society requires first of all Great Citizens, and the Peace Corps
is a world-wide training school for Great Citizens.” There were
lots of misgivings among the Peace Corps staff in Washington about convening
RPCVs in Washington. They knew Volunteers had come home with critical
opinions about American’s role in the world, the agency itself,
and the Vietnam War. Many conservative PC/Washington types thought that
inviting RPCVs to Washington to “sound off” within the hearing
distance of congress and the national news media was asking for trouble.
Peace Corps Director Sargent
Shriver, naturally, had greater faith in RPCVs. He believed the Peace
Corps agency could “learn from the Volunteers’ reflections
after they had been home for a while.” So we came to Washington.
In fact, over a thousand of the 3,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
came to Foggy Bottom and the State Department to meet with over 250 leaders
of American society. Everyone who was there will long remember Vice-President
Humphrey linking arms with Harry Belafonte, Chief Justice Earl Warren,
Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Shriver,
and all the RPCVs to sing “We Shall Overcome” in the stately
State Department auditorium.
That night Humphrey urged us
to get involved. “You don’t really have to save the world,”
he told us, “just start saving the hometown.” We left D.C.
thinking we could do both.
The 20th Reunion at
On the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the Washington, D.C. RPCV
group organized a weekend gathering at Howard University that was a great
celebration of the early years of the agency and featured a stirring speech
by Shriver and the introduction of the new Peace Corps Director, Loret
Miller Ruppe who proved over time, (in spite of her limited overseas experience)
to be a worthy director.
The 25th Anniversary
The largest gathering of RPCVs took place in 1986 when 5,000 of us again
went to Washington, D.C. where the 25th anniversary of the Peace Corps
was celebrated inside the largest tent ever raised on The Mall, at the
foot of the Capitol Dome and adjacent to the Air and Space Museum. The
25th Anniversary Celebration was the idea of RPCV Bill Carey, and four
RPCV groups who came together under one banner to host an event which
made headline news across the country, a great gathering of the “clan.”
Once again staffers at the Peace Corps agency were against the gathering,
fearing that RPCVs would march on President Reagan’s White House.
However, when Loret Ruppe realized it was going to happen whether she
liked it or not, she elbowed her way into the planning and staged a show
on Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center when once again Harry Belafonte
led the ‘clan’ in singing “We Shall Overcome.”
Earlier that Sunday Loret joined
with Shriver, Moyers, and all of us at Arlington Cemetery for a moving
memorial service honoring the Volunteers who had died in service.
The Founding of the
After the success of that wonderful weekend, those four groups of RPCVs
established the National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (NCRPCV).
Roger Landrum, a major force in creating the Conference, called for RPCVs
to unite behind this new national forum. “If 10,000 of you will
join the National Council,” he told us, “we’ll have
a sustainable financial base. We can hire a staff, rent an office, and
build a solid organization to develop our programs.”
Close to 16,000 of the Peace
Corps community of RPCVs and staff, numbering around 120,000 at that time,
did join together in those happy days after the gathering on the Mall.
Many of us believed that a forceful alumni group of RPCVs would, as Sargent
Shriver urged us, “Work at home as you have worked abroad, humbly,
The National Council of Returned
Peace Corps Volunteers did have great dreams: publish a magazine that
would tell about the world from an RPCV perspective, aid teachers in teaching
about the developing world, pursue peace initiatives, and build a network
of RPCV groups across the country.
In time, the NCRPCV changed
its name to the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). The organization
has hosted conferences every year—in Eugene, Oregon (where the best
Conference ever was held), in Kent State, back in Washington, D.C. and
almost everywhere in between. Next year, in 2004, the conference will
be held in Chicago. That is, if there is a next year, and if there is
an NPCA. And that is the real point of this email.
At the moment RPCVs have a membership organization without many members.
The NPCA as an organization has slipped downhill since it began as a grass
roots movement, one that briefly flowered, and is now, (to mix up all
my metaphors), withering on the vine.
What has happened since
those glory days of 1965? Then President Johnson wrote to the Vice
President saying, “The Peace Corps has made history,” and
called RPCVs “a major new national resource.” Last year, at
the 40+1 Anniversary of the agency less than 1,000 RPCVs (out of some
200,000 RPCVs and Staff) traveled to D.C. for the NPCA reunion. As an
aging ’60s Volunteer myself, I was stuck by the lack of young faces
and new voices from the newest generations of RPCVs.
Is the NPCA not providing
appropriate services for the RPCVs to attract them to join the organization?
What gives? RPCVs continue to—using Sarge’s words—serve,
It is impressive to read what
some RPCVs are doing as individuals—without the help or need of
an NPCA—to serve the RPCV community. A couple of quick examples:
- Collin Tong (Thailand
1968–69) raised $40,000 from other RPCVs in a few weeks to
run two ads in the New York Times urging a peaceful resolution to the
crisis with Iraq.
- Hugh Pickens (Peru
1971–73) has PeaceCorpsOnline.org which covers news, advocacy,
and plenty of resources, and sends notice of new articles monthly to
more than 35,000 RPCVs.
- Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia
1962–64) and I have published since 1989 a newsletter and
now a bimonthly ezine--PeaceCorpsWriters.org--that promotes, encourages,
and recognizes RPCVs doing a Third Goal activity with incredible impact--writing
about their countries and their experience.
So why join the NPCA? What good does it do? What good does it do if
you have such good people as Collin Tong and others doing the job themselves?
At the local level, at home,
associating with a group in big cities like New York or San Francisco
offers RPCVs a community of friends who shared a special experience and
give RPCVs a chance to show their slides and sing their songs. Besides
gathering for Ethiopian or Thai food, many of these local groups are doing
valuable volunteer work in their communities. They are all impressive.
But most of the members of these groups do not belong to the NPCA. Similar
strength can be found in the RPCV groups formed around countries of service—and
most of the members of these groups do not belong to the NPCA either.
So why hasn’t the
national organization made a difference? Sixteen years after it was
launched, the organization is in serious financial trouble, with a debt
of some $100,000. None of this is new to anyone who has watched the NPCA
grow and falter and keep struggling through the years. Here’s an
organization that started on a shoestring—but the string has frayed.
Through the years Tim Carroll, Lyn Gray, Chic Dambach, Dane Smith, and
now, Kevin Quigley have worked to grow it in various ways. While we now
have a network for teachers, Worldview magazine, 3/1/61
newsletter, advocacy efforts, and a few other national programs, the national
organization limps along with a paying membership of around 11,000 out
of a Peace Corps world of 200,000 plus. Why is that?
Why are there so few members at the national level?
An Easy Answer
It’s an easy answer. The NPCA does not (and you can pick any descriptive
word): support, connect, relate, defend, help, assist, network, or
promote individual RPCVs. The NPCA might look good on paper,
and it can spin the accomplishments of individual members, but the NPCA
is an empty suit. And as a lobbying group, we are not a factor inside
the beltway or in the country. The reason we are not a “factor”
is because we don’t take any position as a group on any issue, or
if we take a position it sounds like we’re kindergarten kids, the
recent statement on Iraq is a case in point. An organization that tries
to embrace all the views of all the members is an organization that stands
for nothing. How then do we make the NPCA effective?
How Do We Save It?
In the following ways:
- Support PCVs and
RPCVs in their individual needs, defending them against the Peace Corps
- Retire the outstanding
debt so Kevin Quigley has a chance to grow the NPCA. Contribute any
among from $10 to $100 (or more), sending the check directly to Kevin
and made out to the “NPCA”
- Groups and locale
organizations, those ‘deep pockets’ RPCVs, should contribute
much more--1k or 2k or 5k
--as individuals and groups will suffer if the national group dissolves
- The NPCA must
become an active overseer of the Peace Corps, not a wishy-washy group
afraid to take stands against appointments and policies
- Re-focus Wordview
Magazine so that it is for and about PCVs and RPCVs, not what it cannot
be, “a major voice in this country about the developing world
in this country”
- Re-design the
RPCV website so that it is an interactive tool used by PCVs overseas
and RPCVs here at home
- Reduce the membership
fee to $40
- Change the function
of the Board so that it is manageable
- Create a Board
that is financially able to support the NPCA, either personally or by
fundraising, the way that most non-profits function
- Require that
all members of local groups also be members of the national organization
- Eliminate the
“free membership” of new RPCVs and seek ways to enroll PCVs
while they are overseas, providing them a password to the website where
they will get assistance from the NPCA, as well as career and graduate
- Hire a Career
Counseling Staff person available for RPCVs as well as PCV
- Develop an ‘Associate’
NPCA membership for the parents of PCVs—When an individual joins
the Peace Corps, so does his/her family
- Go into business
with an international travel agency to provide useful travel assistance
to RPCVs and families who wish to visit their children overseas
- Create opportunities
at the local level for Congress people to receive recognition from the
NPCA for their support of the Peace Corps, ensuring that they recognize
and realize that we are all voters.
These are just a few suggestions
to turn the NPCA into a membership organization that is for members. Many
RPCVs have expressed these and similar ideas for the organization. And
I am sure there are more good ideas in the country that need to be voiced.
The previous leadership of the NPCA has spent time and energy trying to
wrestle with “worldly” problems, i.e., going to Israel to
“examine the relevance of NPCA peace-building experience to the
polarized situation between Israelis and Palestinians” instead of
using that energy to build an organization with members who themselves
will be empowered to pursue such activities.
Let’s forget for the
moment about being players on the “world stage” and concentrate
on developing a “membership” organization that (1) defends
Volunteers; (2) performs oversight of the Peace Corps itself; and (3)
supports the volunteer work being done by RPCVs here at home.
Let’s give Kevin Quigley
and his staff a chance to build the NPCA. Begin by contributing money
to retire the $100,000 debt. Give Kevin the breathing room needed to expand
the NPCA into a true membership organization that provides services to
its members. If all 11,000 members contributed, the NPCA debt can be erased.
Thank you for reading all of
I am sending this email on
my own, as someone who believes that RPCVs need a membership organization,
and as someone who since 1964 has been working to promote the Peace Corps
and RPCVs. I ask that you send Kevin a check today. I also ask if you
would be kind enough to forward this email onto your network of RPCVs;
many are not members of the National Peace Corps Association—ask
them to join—as we have something of value in the Returned Peace
Corps Volunteer Community and we need to use it.
Let’s save the NPCA,
and then we can save the world. Again, thank you for reading all of this.
Kevin Quigley NPCA Suite 205 1900 L Street NW Washington, D.C. 20036
--John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962–64) Editor http://peacecorpswriters.org/
What Outreach Project Inspires
by Rudy Sovinee, (Ghana
What does the SDPCA mean
to you? Are you primarily interested in socializing with other RPCVs and
nominees? Do you maybe include in your picture of the SDPCA the idea that
collectively, the experience and worldview of RPCVs might allow us to
accomplish something that is greater than we’d individually accomplish?
I believe that action of the
SDPCA can magnify our individual contributions to the community and world.
Have doubts? Do you want to be inspired? Visit the NPCA page
and follow the links to affiliate groups--to see what other RPCV groups
are doing. Listed below are several SDPCA avenues that can make a difference.
Each needs your participation!
The Speakers’ Bureau,
which allows area classrooms and service groups’ access to RPCVs
who can relate their experiences, is a way of educating San Diegans of
our world. (email@example.com)
Our Global Awards Program
internationally allows us to support small village projects where
SD PCVs are currently serving. We ask the Peace Corps to forward news
of our outreach to PCVs from SD, but you can too.
Our Global Awards Program
on its domestic side, as announced last issue, is a platform for honoring
other local non-profits that are also educating San Diegans in ways that
promote cross cultural, international understanding. It can also support
smaller projects—like at schools—that are striving to meet
The committee members know
of some projects to nominate (the Global School House, Victor
Villasenor’s Snowgoose Festival, and the International
Rescue Committee), but we need your nominations to amplify our outreach.
Which projects do you know?
What projects might be uncovered if you ask your co-workers and friends?
Sept. 30th is the deadline for this year’s nominations! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Community Action Committee
of the SDPCA exists to find hands-on activities that we can do to make
a difference in the community. Examples of such outreach includes: our
participation at soup kitchens, beach clean-up, or a day with Habitat-for-Humanity.
The current committee (Marjory Clyne, Ted Finkel, Sharon Kennedy, Rudy
Sovinee and Xandra Garanzuay) believes that we better serve our membership
and community when we identify and work long term with a project that
The question is how to find/define
a project that leverages/ maximizes our background.
If you’d like to
join with us in defining such a project, let us know by email to email@example.com
At the May 2003 general meeting
of the SDPCA the following Vision and Mission statements were shared with
the general assembly by the outgoing 2002 Board. The board had spent much
discussion and debate over the phrasing of these statements, and felt
they encapsulated the sentiments of the whole of our community. If you
have an opinion, please let it be heard. communications@SDPCA.org
San Diego Peace Corps Association is a nonprofit organization
that brings together Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in our community
to promote peace and understanding.
The mission of SDPCA is to build and maintain an active
membership of RPCVs, their families and friends; to support and inform
RPCVs and local communities through social, educational and community
service activities; to provide funding for Peace Corps Volunteers’
projects overseas; and to influence the direction of Peace Corps through
see things and you say, "Why?"
But I dream things that never were, and I say.
"Why not?" --George Bernard Shaw
I know there is often precious
little to be inspired about, but I had the pleasure of being inspired
while attending the NPCA Annual General Meeting and Presidents
Forum in Portland, Oregon, August 1–3. This meeting allows
members to hear updates from the Board of Directors and be involved in
policy decisions in the years between the National Conferences. Some key
ideas considered included changing the size of the board, and how to increase
member participation in the advocacy issues of Peace Corps legislation,
the environment, and world peace.
Congratulations go to SDPCA
members, Brenda Terry Hahn, Jeffrey Cleveland, Don Beck and Joseph White.
On Friday evening, these members were honored with the 1st place award
for the SDPCA website, designed by Joseph White and updated by our own
webmaster Don Beck; and with the 3rd place award for the newsletter, Pacific
Waves, edited last year by Brenda Terry Hahn, with production/distribution
by Jeffrey Cleveland and layout/design by Don Beck. It was my pleasant
duty to represent our group in accepting these awards.
This meeting was the first
public appearance of the new President of NPCA, Kevin Quigley (Thailand
76–79). He has had a long and illustrious career already in
the non profit arena, specifically with the Pew Charitable Trusts and
the Asia Society as two key parts of the experience he brings to the NPCA.
Another key speaker was Jody
Olson, Deputy Director of Peace Corps. She informed us that there are
7,000 volunteers serving in 70 countries right now. Mr. Quigley then reminded
us that we as the RPCV community are much bigger than that. There are
200,000 RPCVs and their families, 40,000 current and former staff and
all our friends to add to that 7,000. Together we can do much to bring
peace to this world.
That’s the inspiration
I bring back to you. Let’s see what we can do together to continue
to make a difference.
--Marjory Clyne, Western Samoa (1972–74), President SDCA
7 and August 4, 2003
Marjory Clyne, David Fogelson,
Ray Slanina, Cindy Ballard, Rudy Sovinee, and Barbara Casillas attended
both meetings. Ted Finkel, Tony Starks, Brenda Terry-Hahn, and Frank Yates
attended in July.
Minutes were approved as amended.
Marjory was SDPCA’s delegate to the Annual General Meeting and President’s
Forum in Portland, OR, from August 1–3, where SDPCA’s website
was presented with a 1st Place Award and the newsletter was presented
with a 3rd Place Award. Kevin F.F. Quigley is the new NPCA President.
Rudy Sovinee will now be coordinating the Community Action committee.
Frank reported balances and provided a detailed statement of income and
SDPCA membership is at
148 current, 42 past due, totaling 190. NPCA membership is at 103 current,
34 past due,
As the new leader of the Community Action committee, Rudy suggested SDPCA
create an ongoing project related to the Peace Corps experience in lieu
of tag-along projects with other organizations. He also pointed out that
this is an excellent way to bring RPCVs together and enhance membership.
The committee is open to ideas and brainstorming.
Information about the upcoming Entertainment book and Calendar fundraisers
is covered in the newsletter, as well as information about a new cookbook
Deadline for nominations is
Our next newsletter deadline is 10 October.
Social: Past and current activities are covered in newsletter stories.
Dave has filled requests for 12 speakers.
Old Business: The Board accepted Tony Starks’ resignation as Vice
President and Board Member with regrets. A motion was made to make Rudy
Sovinee a Board Member and Vice President; the motion carried.
6:30 PM, 8 September 2003, at the home of Barbara Casillas.
Annual Fundraising Projects...
Fundraising is always “in
season” and especially as we come into the fall and end of year.
With thoughts of gifts and a new year approaching.
Entertainment books are back!
The price is still the same as last year ($40) and locations will be announced
in the next newsletter. Put a few on your holiday shopping list for friends
PC 2004 Calendars
With Entertainment Books now available, the Annual PC Calendars from Wisconsin
PC Association can’t be far behind. Excellent gifts and always well
loved by people who receive them! Plan to buy one for yourself as well
as give as gifts!
Recipes From Round
Also, we want your Peace Corps recipes!
In a fund raising effort, we
need your recipes from around the world. If possible, include the traditional
recipe and one modified (if needed) that can be made from ingredients
found in the local supermarket. Or some advice on where to obtain ingredients.
We want to make a book of all
the recipes so that everyone can enjoy your favorite Peace Corps dishes!
Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
(or mail to P.O. Box 26565, San Diego, CA 92196-0565).
New SDPCA Vice President
Tony Starks was re-elected
at the May annual meeting as Vice President, however personal commitments
forced him to reluctantly resign at the July Board meeting. Rudy Sovinee
was nominated and elected to fill the Vice President position. We thank
Tony for his past service and wish Rudy the best.
Newsletter Editor Needed!
SDPCA still needs a volunteer
to fill the Newsletter Editor position. Volunteers for social committee
are also needed.
If you are interested, please contact any of the board members listed
in Board Contacts.
New NPCA President
Kevin F. F. Quigley, a Returned
Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Thailand from 1976–79, was named
President of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) on July 14, 2003.
Quigley contributes valuable experience in NGO fund raising and management,
in the legislative and executive branches of government, and in education
and advocacy, to the next generation of leadership of the RPCV community.
He is a graduate of Swarthmore
College, University College of Dublin, and Columbia University. Quigley
received a doctorate in comparative government from Georgetown University.
Among his many honors, he has served as a Council on Foreign Relations
international affairs fellow, a U.S.–Japan Leadership fellow, a
guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and he has been
a resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
NPCA 2003 Award Winners
2003 Shriver Award
winner is Sue H. Patterson, founder of WINGS, RPCV Colombia and
the 2003 Ruppe Award winner is The Colombia Project, RPCVs of South Florida.
To view the complete list of winners, visit their website http://www.rpcv.org
From Tonner Award Recipients:
$290 to help furnish high school library
Saõ Domingos, Cape Verde
"Our Library Committee
was very excited to receive your award. Yours was the first positive response
that we received from a large number of proposals we sent out. A lot had
happened, very quickly, since then.
- We built 2/3 of
the shelves for our library, plus the tables and chairs for the students,
and the library monitor’s desk.
- We repaired and
installed 4 computers that were donated by ForChildren, Inc.
- Several teachers
got together and painted a world map project on the wall.
- And last, but
not least, we have been working hard to catalog the generous donations
of books we received from many people and organizations, including you.
"Actually, you donated
money, as you know. The committee felt that your money was best spent
purchasing books that were unlikely to be donated. We purchased a lot
of local literature, poetry, and history books. We also bought some textbooks
in philosophy, and sociology, and grammar books for French and English.
All of which were snatched up by the teachers, almost before we had a
chance to catalog them.
"The big opening day took
place on the first anniversary of the school. The minister of education
was there to cut the ribbon and toast us. I’m afraid you’ll
have to wait till I come home to see other pictures. Advantx film can’t
be developed here.
"I’m proud to say
this library is used, in fact, packed with students everyday. They are
reading more, studying, even doing research right here in the school.
It really is a great thing to see. So thank you again for your amazing
gift. Keep up the excellent work, and I’ll probably meet you this
Fall when I COS. "
Yours in Peace,
--Colleen P. Garrett, PCV Cape Verde, and the Sao Domingos Library Committee.
[Fall ‘02 Grant, reported in Pacific
Waves Jan–Feb 2003]
$444 for a library collection
Muang Loei, Thailand
"The money donated by
the San Diego Peace Corps Volunteer Association, in the amount of $444,
or 18, 650 Baht was used to help replace the book collection lost to a
major flood in September 2002 at Si Boon Ruang Municipal School #2 in
the capital city of Loei, in Loei Province, Thailand.
"The money provided much
wanted and needed educational resources and opportunities for the approximately
450 students and 22 teachers at the school. At the same time, it also
contributed to the realization of one of the goals of the Integrated Education
and Community Outreach program of the Peace Corps of Thailand, that of
development of school libraries in Thailand.
"We were [had been] unable
to purchase encyclopedias, atlas books and maps, children’s storybooks,
Thai history and culture books, health books, science books and resources
for the library. After collecting funds from other community sources and
sources abroad, my co-worker from the Education Office, 2 librarian teachers,
and I made the journey to Khon Kaen, which has a much better supplied
bookstore (due to the presence of the major university there). It was
amazing to see the teachers so excited to be able to have this opportunity
to share and supply the students and their co-teachers with books again,
updated and new!
"At this time, the books
have been delivered to the school, catalogued and are in use! The librarian
at Si Boom Ruang School is currently trying to get some funding from the
Municipal office for more bookshelves and other library “hardware.”
The Municipal office did contribute 10,000 Baht worth of books to each
of the three Municipal schools here.
Unfortunately, the Municipal
office, as is also the case in the USA, doesn’t consider educational
funding to be a top priority. I will continue to work at this development
project by creating an English language “learning center”
for the teachers and students to use. We are also now planning to have
a training meeting in library use and organization for the students, hopefully
to be done by the end of this school term.
Many, many thanks have been
given to me on your behalf. Enclosed are some photographs [see next issue]
and a thank-you card from some fourth-grade students here in Muang Loei.
Please contact me if you require
any further information and accept my thanks at allowing this to happen!"
--Shellie Norris, PCV Thailand, and Mr. Akkaradej Dokmai, Education
[Spring ‘03 Grant, reported last issue, Pacific
Waves, July–Aug 2003]
hottest places in hellare reserved for those wo, in times of great moral
crisis, maintain their neutrality." --Dante
Another Mother for Peace is
How many of us, who can remember
the ‘60s, remember the childlike poster in bright yellow from Another
Mother for Peace that dared to say, “War is not healthy for children
and other living things?”
Someone had asked me about
it. I had had a copy of it for years but couldn’t find it. Curious,
I did a google search for “Another Mother” and what-do-you-know?
Another Mother... is back!
The group is still around or
rather, re-commissioned as it were, and online. It is nice to know that
with war becoming more and more “in vogue” to solve disputes
between countries, a group was speaking out against it—and one kind
of close to my heart, well, nostalgic anyway.
They are selling items with
their logo (right). AND they suggest we do our peace homework.
What is Peace Homework?
Another Mother for Peace believes that it is our patriotic duty to speak
out against war. Our precious democracy allows us as citizens to voice
our opinions and to influence the debate in Washington. Peace Homework
is how we make our voices heard.
- Sign up for the Another
Mother for Peace email list
- Tell a friend about Another
Mother for Peace
- We depend on your support
of AMP through the purchase of Peace Materials.
- Work for your peace candidate:
distribute literature, get out the vote, baby-sit for parents who need
to get to the polls, etc.
- Wear your AMP “War
is not healthy...” medallion. Don’t have one? New ones are
- Take stock in your stock.
Divest yourself from companies that are part of the military industrial
complex. Support Socially Responsible Investing.
- Remember—NO WAR TOYS,
So...,check it out. Another
Mother for Peace is a non-profit, non-partisan association
--Submitted by Don Beck, Bolivia 1967–69
Committee for a Museum
of the Peace Corps Experience
The committee has been formed
based in Oregon where the Museum of Peace Corps Experience has been established,
founded in the ideal of “bringing it all back home.” Here
is an excerpt from a letter intended to reach as many RPCVs as possible:
“While the Peace Corps
is very successful at fulfilling most of Kennedy’s vision, the third
goal of the mission—the promotion of a better understanding of other
peoples by Americans—continues to lag behind.
“We need your help to
realize the full potential of the Peace Corps Mission. As a Retuned Peace
Corps Volunteer (RPCV), you have the background to help us create the
Museum of the Peace Corps Experience.
“As the Peace Corps enters
its fifth decade, there is a wealth of stories that should be shared with
a wider audience. This proposed permanent museum will:
- Bring many unknown or misunderstood
cultures home to Americans, and especially the children
- Provide permanent and rotating
exhibitions featuring and interpreting the art and artifacts that reflect
the lifestyles of various countries around the world
- Mount traveling exhibits,
working with returned volunteer groups to bring Peace Corps stories
into many communities around the country
- Serve as a repository for
the memories and memorabilia of Returned Peace Corp Volunteers
“...Planning for the
new museum is under way. The Organizing Committee has already developed
and opened two exhibits featuring the traditional folk arts of other cultures.
Please see our website http://www.peacecorpsmuseum.org for further information.”
The full letter is on the SDPCA
More about how to help them
along is listed there as well.
—Submitted by Don Beck, Bolivia (67–69)
Help The Peace Gallery
The Peace Gallery grew out
of a desire to provide positive coverage of our global community. Most
often the only information we see and hear is centered around disease,
disaster, and war. There is nothing about the world I saw during my Peace
Corps service in Ghana—family, friendship, rich culture, and capable
people. My Peace Corps experience was not unique.
This Peace Gallery presents
images from around the world as seen through the cameras of Peace Corps
volunteers. Although the images show the amazing diversity on our planet,
they also show how similar we are to each other. In looking through the
gallery, marvel at the differences, but also see the similarities. After
spending two years in the Peace Corps, one realizes it is how close we
all are that is truly amazing.
Interested in helping build
The Peace Gallery? The Gallery needs photos from returned and currently
serving Peace Corps Volunteers. To be included, send two to five
photos to The Peace Gallery. Images from any year or country are welcome.
Images from countries you visited during your service are also welcome.
We can scan photographs, slides, and negatives.
Please read our instructions
for mailing photographs!
Some things to note:
- Two to five images per person
for a range of dates and areas.
- Your images will be returned
within three weeks of receipt
- Your images will be credited
to you (unless you wish not to)
- To post your images we
need a signed short legal statement.
- You will be asked to write
a brief description for each image included in the Gallery.
- Images in The Peace Gallery
will be available to educators and students for non-commercial use.
- We may not be able to use
some or all of your photos. This is rare!
For more information, contact
Wayne Breslyn at email@example.com
-- Wayne Breslyn, Ghana,
[Excerpted online from Gallery homepage: http://www.peacegallery.org
Everyone had such a great time
at the Salvadoran restaurant. Our future volunteers had a blast talking
to all of you RPCVS. Thanks! Hope you’re off to a snappy Fall. We
have a very active season planned for September and October. Here’s
what’s on tap for getting folks interested in our great organization:
- SDSU Career Services
Drop-in Office Hours
Mondays and Thursdays—2 pm–4 pm
- SDSU (Third
Thurs of Every Month)
September 18th and October 16th
SDSU Career Services, 4 pm–5 pm
- Downtown SD—San
Diego Downtown Library
(Always Fourth Tues of Every Month)
September 23rd and October 28th
Downtown Library, 7 pm–8:15 pm
820 E St., San Diego, CA 92101
- North County—Oceanside
Pendleton Room, 6 pm–7:30 pm
330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
If you are interested in talking
about your experience to the story-eager public at one of the events above,
please let me know. Also, there are some career fairs that I would love
to have help manning the table during the day. They typically include
lunch, parking, and good company [me :-)]
And most importantly, there
will be a part-time job opening for the UCSD Peace Corps Rep. It will
consist of 15–20 hours per week, if you’re interested, please
send your contact information (whether or not you’re a UCSD student)
an e-resume, and your country & years of service to Kris Kohler, firstname.lastname@example.org
as if you were to die tomorrow,
learn as if you were to live forever." --Gandhi
Vaya Con Paz,
--David Fogelson, El Salvador Agroforesty (1998–2000)
Peace Corps Los Angeles--San Diego Regional Recruiter
Welcome to New Members
We of SDPCA extend a warm welcome
to our newest members. We’ve seen some of you at our events already
and we want all of you to get involved in our activities. Let us hear
from you!! You can reach us by the contact information listed in Contact
SDPCA. Old members, use this section as your SDPCA Membership Directory
New members are listed by name, country and years of service, area of
- Doria Garms, Fairfax, VA
- Amy Reck, Romania (2001–2003),
New Kensington, PA
- Stephanie Scarritt, Bangladesh
(2001–2003), San Diego, CA
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Layout / Production
Don Beck, Jeff Cleveland
Contributors this issue
Shellie Norris, Colleen Garrett,
Ted Finkel, David Fogelson, Barbara Casillas, Marjory Clyne, John Coyne,
Jonathon Richter, Frank Yates, Rudy Sovinee, Don Beck