The RPCVs of Colorado are invited to attend and sit on the floor of the House while the legislation is being read. You are encouraged to wear clothing from your country of service.
Advocate for Peace Corps Funding
Suzanne Smith, Advocacy Chair
Between now and Jan. 15, 2014, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is asking supporters of Peace Corps to reach out to their members of Congress to request strong funding to support the Peace Corps program.
On Dec. 18 the Senate passed a budget plan for federal fiscal year (FY) 2014, which runs from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. The Senate and House Appropriations Committees now have until Jan. 15 to assemble appropriation bills following this budget plan. However, it remains unclear on whether both the Senate and the House will fully consider each of the 12 appropriations bills, including the State/Foreign Operations appropriations bill which, amongst other programs, funds Peace Corps. The request is to provide $385 million for Peace Corps for FY2014.
Additionally, if Congress follows the Senate’s version of the appropriations bill it will mean support for the implementation of the Peace Corps Equity Act, explained in detail at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/support-equity-act/, and a request to expand/improve the Non-Competitive Eligibility benefits.
NPCA has drafted a sample letter that can be used when contacting member of Congress. The sample letter, along with further information and links to the websites for individual members of Congress, can be found at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2013/12/peace-corps-funding-action-alert/. Show you support for Peace Corps and send a message to Colorado’s Senators and your Representatives.
Once again, the RPCVs of Colorado are an official community partner of the Starz Denver Film Festival!
This year, we have chosen to partner on screening Belisario Franco's haunting documentary "Eternal Amazon".
At a time when the world is focused on the impact of humans on the environment, Eternal Amazon is a lyrical, poetic documentary that presents a critical analysis of how the world's largest tropical rainforest is understood and utilized. Exploring the Amazon's five million square kilometers - which are home to countless plant and animal species, and 20% of the world's freshwater reserves - the film asks whether it is possible for humans to make sustainable use of the rainforest. Executives, politicians and environmentalists working together with indigenous tribes and riverbank communities are currently constructing a model for using nature that can extract its resources while generating work and income, with minimal environmental impact.
Tickets for this event are $20, which includes a movie ticket and a post-screening reception that includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer. You may pick up tickets in the lobby of the film center beginning an hour before the screening. Please find the RPCVCO table.
You can watch a trailer for this film here http://youtu.be/wUImSHBi0ik
If you've been to a meeting or event in the last couple of months, you know that we have been hinting at a very special event that we have been planning. We are so excited to announce that the RPCVs of Colorado have partnered with Swallow Hill Music to bring Daniel Martin Moore to Colorado on September 28th! Daniel is not only a respected singer/songwriter but is also an RPCV who served in Cameroon!