APPROVED FEBRUARY 1, 2007
WHEREAS the American World Service Corps (AWSC) cost-effectively involves a million more skilled, can-do Americans aged 18-60+ into working on world and domestic problems, and thereby gives them a deeper understanding, concern for, and ability to practically address domestic and international policy needs, while raising America’s political IQ and,
WHEREAS the AWSC invests in America’s education, health, and economy through tuition, Medical Savings, or IRA Account investments, (which at approximately $17,000 is one-sixth or less of the recruitment bonus presently offered to military recruits) to those who complete AWSC service; and thereby helps strengthen our knowledge of world and domestic needs, educational and economic competitiveness, and our citizenry’s understanding of and voting on public policy needs at home and in the world and,
WHEREAS a one million strong AWSC offers a, robust, peaceful volunteer civilian corps to augment out courageous 1.4 million military personnel; and thereby productively answers the increasingly alarming and costly spread of the critically dangerous Ugly American image, terrorist recruitment, poverty, environmental degradation, and misunderstandings that inspire hatred, by involving many more of America’s best assets, its concerned, patriotic citizens, in addressing needs; and it does so cost-effectively by legislating the use of the following funding mechanisms: 1) Public web sites: Listing public education incentivized donations by the Forges Riches 400. 2) Public education incentivized donations by corporations that have paid little or no taxes. 3) Miniscule import levee on those developed nations with which we have a significant trade deficit. 4) Foundation grants. 5) General tax revenues.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Marin Democratic Central Committee proclaims our support for the introduction and passage of the AWSC concepts into legislation, which encompasses the goal espoused by President Kennedy’s words: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not whatAmerica will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Marin Democratic Central Committee requests that during these critical times all our elected representatives support and congressional representatives introduce and pass Peoples Lobby’s citizen-initiated American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals as promptly as possible.
The Marin Democratic Central Committee adds its support, as did the California State Democratic Party on January 28, 2006, to Peoples Lobby’s citizen-initiated American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals, which by the seventh year after its enactment will add one million additional American volunteers into serving country and world through such organizations as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, Head Start, Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, OxFam, Mercy Corps, and State Conservation Corps.
Author: Dwayne Hunn, Executive Director, People’s Lobby, 415-383-7880