WHEREAS:  The World Service Corps (WSC) cost-effectively involves more than a million skilled, can-do Americans aged 18-60+ in 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 WSC invests in America’s education, health and economy through tuition, medical savings or IRA account investments, (which at $15,000 is one-sixth of the recruitment bonus presently offered to military recruits) to those who complete WSC 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 WSC offers a cost-effective, robust, peaceful army to augment our 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 worldwide needs;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sonoma County 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;” and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee distribute copies of this resolution to Senators Feinstein and Boxer, members of the US House of Representatives, California Senate, and California Assembly representing Sonoma County, to such media outlets as the Public Relations Committee may deem appropriate; and to Democratic clubs in Sonoma County, and to all other California county Democratic central committees for consideration and support; and that the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee transmit such correspondence as may advance the principles of this resolution.

The Sonoma County 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.

Adapted from Dwayne Hunn, Executive Director, People’s Lobby
Distinguished Senior Consultant for Public Policy, OPS-Alaska

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