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National Service Proposals are Getting Blogosphere Buzz

Posted by patricks54 on May 30, 2007

There been a lot of online chatter about John Edward’s statement at last Monday’s Keene townhall meeting. PhilGoBlue at MyDD has the story and a few thoughts on what the plan might include:

National Service might include work in:

  • AmeriCorps AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with more than 2,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations.
  • GreenCorps (within AmeriCorps) A new notion that Edwards mentions in his Energy Plan. Idealistic young Americans can help fight climate change by conducting volunteer energy audits, weatherizing homes, installing home solar panels, and training neighborhood groups to do the same.
  • The Peace Corps Since 1960, more than 187,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. FYI: Kennedy introduced the PeaceCorps on the steps of the Student Union at my beloved University of Michigan.
  • Military service in the Armed Forces
  • OneCorps Of course, Edwards OneCorps community service / political volunteer organization could also transform themselves into options for a national service plan.
  • etc…
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