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.
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.