More Peace Corps Rally Saturday, June 13th

More Peace CorpsShow your support for More Peace Corps at a rally in Washington, DC, tomorrow from 2-4 pm at Freedom Plaza.

Hundreds of former Peace Corps volunteers will come together tomorrow to remind President Obama of his campaign pledge to build a Peace Corps of 16,000 volunteers by 2011, the 50th anniversary of the agency.

The rally will culminate with a march to the White House, led by Tim Shriver — CEO of Special Olympics International and son of Peace Corps’s founding director Sargent Shriver.  Leamer, a speaker at the event as well as one of its organizers, insists the event isn’t anti-Obama, but a friendly reminder to honor his own campaign promise.

The event will feature music from an 22-woman Brazilian drumming group Batala, Peruvian flutist Juan Cayrampoma and the American rock-n-roll band Cairo Fred.

In addition to Tim Shriver, event speakers will include:

  • Harris Wofford, long-time advocate of service, and an early staffer at the Peace Corps.
  • Anthony Johnson, the Jamaican Ambassador
  • Laurence Leamer, author, frequent Huffington Post contributor, and Nepal RPCV (1964-66)
  • Rajeev Goyal, the national coordinator of More Peace Corps Campaign, and Nepal RPCV

After the event, starting at 5 pm, everyone’s invited to a happy hour at Aria Trattoria Restaurant at 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Check out the More Peace Corps website for more information.

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