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E.J. Dionne Jr. Highlights Obama’s Call to Service

Posted by aaronjmarquez on May 28, 2008

E.J. Dionne, Jr. Washington Post Op-Ed Columnist & Author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religous Right, E.J. Dionne Jr., wrote today about Barack Obama’s Call to Service speech that was given in December (Watch Excerpts from the speech here).

Dionne writes:

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on…Obama already has the template for moving the debate in this direction. In December, he gave one of his best, and least noticed, speeches: a call to national service. The policies he proposed include a doubling of the Peace Corps and an expansion of the AmeriCorps program from 75,000 to 250,000 slots. (President Bush, by the way, deserves credit for saving AmeriCorps from the hostility of some in his own party.) Obama would link his $4,000 tuition tax credit to a service requirement…But Obama’s speech was about more than programs. It was suffused with the rhetoric of a reformer’s patriotism. “I have no doubt that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it,” he said. “Loving your country shouldn’t just mean watching fireworks on the Fourth of July; loving your country must mean accepting your responsibility to do your part to change it.”

Dionne closes his Op-Ed with two endings:

  1. A competition between Obama and McCain over who can issue the most compelling summons to service would serve the country far better than an empty rhetorical skirmish over which of these candidates is the true patriot (From the Post).
  2. This is Obama’s opportunity: to pledge to be the president who asks us to serve. Doing so would promote a debate not about which candidate is a patriot but on what each candidate believes patriotism means (From Reformer on fire with love of country)

On Labor Day 2007, Obama did just that when he signed the ServeNext.org Presidential Pledge to Expand National Service. On the other side Senator McCain’s response to any issue advocacy group with a pledge campaign is, “I don’t stand on pledges I stand on my record.” And to be honest his record is very good. In October of 2001 McCain wrote the article Putting the “National” in National Service later that year he introduced the Call to Service Act that would have expanded service slots to 250,000. He says:

If we are to have a resurgence of patriotic service in this country, then programs like AmeriCorps must be expanded and changed in ways that inspire the nation. There should be more focus on meeting national goals and on making short-term service, both civilian and military, a rite of passage for young Americans.

So both Obama and McCain are committed to 250,000 Americans annually in serving through national service programs. Obama has said so in a major policy address & signed our pledge to expand national service, and taking Senator McCain on his record commits him to 250,000 national service members as well. Obama has formally announced his plan to expand national service.  And on the other side It gives me hope that during the Republican Primary I have often heard Senator McCain say he would double AmeriCorps, but I am still waiting and hoping he formally announces a plan to expand national service. Dionne is absolutely correct when he says “a competition between Obama and McCain over who can issue the most compelling summons to service would serve the country.” Let the debate begin.

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Ted Kennedy endorses Obama, recalls brother’s engagement of a generation through Peace Corps

Posted by aaronjmarquez on January 28, 2008

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Today, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) joined his neice Caroline in endorsing U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) for President of the United States.  At his announcement at an American University rally, Kennedy hearkened back to his brother’s creation of the Peace Corps, call to service, and engagement of a generation.

Now, with Barack Obama, there is a new national leader who has given America a different kind of campaign-a campaign not just about himself, but about all of us. A campaign about the country we will become, if we can rise above the old politics that parses us into separate groups and puts us at odds with one another.

I remember another such time, in the 1960s, when I came to the Senate at the age of 30. We had a new president who inspired the nation, especially the young, to seek a new frontier. Those inspired young people marched, sat in at lunch counters, protested the war in Vietnam and served honorably in that war even when they opposed it.

They realized that when they asked what they could do for their country, they could change the world.

It was the young who led the first Earth Day and issued a clarion call to protect the environment; the young who enlisted in the cause of civil rights and equality for women; the young who joined the Peace Corps and showed the world the hopeful face of America.

At the fifth anniversary celebration of the Peace Corps, I asked one of those young Americans why they had volunteered.

And I will never forget the answer: “It was the first time someone asked me to do something for my country.”

This is another such time.

Full video of Senator Kennedy’s remarks:

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Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama, citing “inspiration” and “public service”

Posted by aaronjmarquez on January 26, 2008

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Mrs. Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, will endorse U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) with an op-ed in tomorrow morning’s New York Times. Kennedy says that her decision to endorse Obama is “patriotic, political and personal, and the three are intertwined.”

All my life, people have told me that my father changed their lives, that they got involved in public service or politics because he asked them to. And the generation he inspired has passed that spirit on to its children. I meet young people who were born long after John F. Kennedy was president, yet who ask me how to live out his ideals.

Kennedy, whose father is credited for creating the Peace Corps and inspired a generation into service in the 1960s, was a key contributor to an entire issue of TIME Magazine devoted to making The Case for National Service this past September. In the op-ed piece, Kennedy cites Obama’s earliest devotion to public service as a community organizer in Chicago as a first-hand example of how he can inspire a new generation to give back.

Senator Obama has demonstrated these qualities throughout his more than two decades of public service, not just in the United States Senate but in Illinois, where he helped turn around struggling communities, taught constitutional law and was an elected state official for eight years. And Senator Obama is showing the same qualities today. He has built a movement that is changing the face of politics in this country, and he has demonstrated a special gift for inspiring young people — known for a willingness to volunteer, but an aversion to politics — to become engaged in the political process.

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Clinton and Obama emphasize opportunities for civilian service at Las Vegas debate

Posted by aaronjmarquez on January 16, 2008

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With the once-crowded Democrat field now being whittled down, fewer Presidential candidates are now able to address more issues. National Service, a topic that was previously touched upon at the debates by U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) was addressed in Las Vegas last night by the leading contendors for their party’s nomination.

U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was the first to share her thoughts with moderator Tim Russert, the voters of Nevada, and those watching live across the country:

RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, I’ll start with you. The volunteer Army, many believe, disproportionate in terms of poor and minority who participate in our armed forces.

There’s a federal statute on the books which says that, if a college or university does not provide space for military recruiters or provide a ROTC program for its students, it can lose its federal funding.

Will you vigorously enforce that statute?

CLINTON: Yes, I will. You know, I think that the young men and women who voluntarily join our all-volunteer military are among the best of our country.

I want to do everything I can, as president, to make sure that they get the resources and the help that they deserve. I want a new, 21st-century G.I. Bill of Rights so that our young veterans can get the money to get to college and to buy a home and start a business.

And I’ve worked very hard, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, to, you know, try to make up for some of the negligence that we’ve seen from the Bush administration.

You know, Tim, the Bush administration sends mixed messages. They want to recruit and retain these young people to serve our country and then they have the Pentagon trying to take away the signing bonuses when a soldier gets wounded and ends up in the hospital, something that I’m working with a Republican senator to try to make sure never can happen again.

CLINTON: So I think we should recognize that national service of all kinds is honorable and its essential to the future of our country. I want to expand civilian national service.

But I think that everyone should make available an opportunity for a young man or woman to be in ROTC, to be able to join the military and I’m going to do everything I can to support the men and women in the military and their families.

Immediately following, U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), who released a comprehensive National Service plan last month, was asked the same question.

RUSSERT: Will you vigorously enforce a statute which says colleges must allow military recruiters on campus and provide ROTC programs?

OBAMA: Yes. One of the striking things, as you travel around the country, you go into rural communities and you see how disproportionally they are carrying the load in this war in Iraq, as well as Afghanistan.

OBAMA: And it is not fair. Now, the volunteer Army, I think, is a way for us to maintain excellence. And if we are deploying our military wisely, then a voluntary army is sufficient, although I would call for an increase in our force structure, particularly around the Army and the Marines, because I think that we’ve got to put an end to people going on three, four, five tours of duty and the strain on families is enormous. I meet them every day.

But I think that the obligation to serve exists for everybody, and that’s why I’ve put forward a national service program that is tied to my tuition credit for students who want to go to college. You get $4000 every year to help you go to college.

In return, you have to engage in some form of national service. Military service has to be an option.

OBAMA: We have to have civilian options as well. Not just the Peace Corps, but one of the things that we need desperately are people who are in our foreign service who are speaking foreign languages can be more effective in a lot of the work that’s going to be require that may not be hand-to-hand combat but is going to be just as critical in ensuring our long-term safety and security.

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4 National Service supporters in 4 early nominating contest winners

Posted by aaronjmarquez on January 9, 2008

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As young voter turnout – unseen since 1968 – continues to play an important role in the complex plot that is Election ’08, New Hampshire Primary winners U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) join Iowa Caucus winners Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) as the four candidates (arguably) best poised to not only secure their party’s nomination and become the next President of the United States, but also expand National Service before the end of their first term.

According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), 37% of eligible New Hampshire citizens under the age of 30 participated in yesterday’s New Hampshire Primary. The youth turnout rate rose sharply to 43% in 2008 compared to 18% in 2004 (with a contested race only for Democrats) and 28% in 2000 (with contested races for both Democrats and Republicans). An estimated 18% of total Democrat Primary voters and 14% of total Republican Primary voters were between the ages of 18-29, making them an important group of voters that must be taken seriously by both parties’ campaigns.

This morning on Democracy Now!, host Amy Goodman dug deeper on the Democratic race with University of New Hampshire professor Dante Scala and Granite State media maven Arnie Arnesen.

AMY GOODMAN: Last night when she gave her acceptance speech, she wasn’t standing next to Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state under her husband, President Bill Clinton, and on the other side, Bill Clinton himself, sort of the old guard; she was standing against a backdrop of kids. What about the significance of this? And how important was that young vote for both Barack Obama and for Hillary Clinton? Talk about how it broke down around the state. Didn’t Barack Obama end up speaking near—was it Dartmouth?

DANTE SCALA: Well, I think what we saw last night was—again, kind of along gender lines—is that a lot of young women in New Hampshire see Hillary Clinton as a role model. Their moms probably see Hillary Clinton as a role model.

ARNIE ARNESEN: And the other thing is, Dante, that the reason why she was surrounded by all these young people is she now looked at where Obama thought he had his asset, and she is saying to Obama, “I’m going right after that youth. That’s not yours. Don’t assume you own it. Don’t assume you’re the only one that can invite it in.” And she—I mean, this—it’s a brilliant strategy.

ARNIE ARNESEN: Then she goes after that youth vote. Who owned that youth vote? Barack Obama. Now Hillary Clinton, with that montage behind her of young people, she is now attempting to own that. This is a brilliant political strategy.

On the Republican side, Senator McCain spoke of his passion for public service in his victory speech:

Tonight, we have taken a step, but only the first step toward repairing the broken politics of the past and restoring the trust of the American people in their government. The people of New Hampshire have told us again that they do not send us to Washington to serve our self-interest, but to serve theirs.

They don’t send us to fight each other for our own political ambitions, but to fight together our real enemies. They don’t send us to Washington to stroke our egos, to keep this beautiful, bountiful, blessed country safe, prosperous and proud. They don’t send us to Washington to take more of their money and waste it on things that add not an ounce to America’s strength and prosperity. They don’t help a single family realize the dreams we all dream for our children, that don’t help a single displaced worker find a new job, and the security and dignity it assures them, that won’t keep the promise we make to young workers that the retirement they have begun to invest in will be there for them when they need it.

They don’t send us to Washington to do their job, but to do ours. My friends, I didn’t go to Washington to go along to get along or to play it safe to serve my own interests. I went there to serve my country. And that, my friends, is just what I intend to do if I am so privileged to be elected your president.

I salute the supporters of all the candidates who worked so hard to achieve a success tonight and who believe so passionately in the promise of their candidate. And I want to assure them that though I did not have their support, and though we may disagree from time to time on how to best advance America’s interests and ideals, they have my genuine respect, for they have worked for a cause they believe, is good for the country we all love, a cause greater than their self-interest.

My friends, I learned long ago that serving only one’s self is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self- interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime than the fleeting pleasure of fame and fortune. For me, that greater cause has always been my country, which I have served imperfectly for many years, but have loved without any reservation every day of my life.

Senator McCain introduced legislation after 9/11 to expand AmeriCorps from 70k to 250k members. He often speaks to the importance of National Service on the campaign trail as part of his stump speech, though he has yet to clearly outline a comprehensive plan.

Senator Clinton announced at Plymouth State University her support for increasing Eli Segal Education Award from $4,725 to $10,000 for each year of National Service, expanding AmeriCorps by 100k members, and making it easier for military veterans to serve upon their return from active duty overseas.

Governor Huckabee has pledged to expand AmeriCorps to 170k members by the end of his first term as President. He is also a big supporter of arts in the schools, suggesting that the Music National Service initiative might prove to be one of the bold, new ideas for his campaign embrace.

Senator Obama is the only one of the four winners yet to release a comprehensive plan or give a major policy address on National Service, which he gave before the Iowa Caucus. He calls for doubling the Peace Corps and expanding AmeriCorps to 250k members.

One thing is for certain… young people are voting and candidates will need to respond if they want to stay competitive. Those who have proven themselves in these early nominating contests – on both sides of the aisle – have embraced National Service. Who will step up their campaign platforms on the issue and who else will be the next to come on board as a way to unite the 18-29 year old demographic?

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Presidential Campaigns’ Holiday Giving Roundup from the Granite State

Posted by aaronjmarquez on December 24, 2007

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In addition to the ServeNext Presidential Straw Poll to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, which rolls on through December 31, 2007, several campaigns have stepped up their own supporters’ giving and volunteer service to local initiatives this holiday season.

Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN)

From a recent e-mail to supporters:

Fred08 NH is participating in the “The ServeNext Presidential Food Bank Challenge”. This non-partisan statewide food drive will address the immediate critical need that the New Hampshire Food Bank currently faces.

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

Obama for America sponsored a food drive at the recent the Obama/Oprah rally to benefit New Horizons. In a holiday e-greeting to supporters this afternoon, Mrs. Michelle Obama sent the following message:

This is also the season to remember that we’re all in this together by helping those in need in our own communities and around the world.

You can find a way to help here:

http://www.charitynavigator.org

Thank you for welcoming us into your lives and believing in what we are trying to do.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NYC)

According to a recent e-mail from the Guliani campaign, those attending tomorrow morning’s house party at the home of Mayor Frank Guinta (R-Manchester) are asked to bring not only family and friends, but also food items.

Donations of frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items will be collected for local Manchester families in need this Holiday season.

The request is a part of Guinta’s week-long focus on providing support to the Manchester-based New Horizons for New Hampshire.

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)

On top of appealing to supporters to get involved locally, Senator Dodd will spend his final day of campaigning before Christmas volunteering as a way to focus on his National Service plan.

Most campaigns said they considered how close to Christmas they could campaign without alienating voters. Top contenders like Democrats Barack Obama and John Edwards as well as Republicans Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani chose to take off Christmas Eve as well as December 25 itself.

But Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, a long-shot Democrat who temporarily moved to Iowa to boost his bid, decided Christmas Eve was the right time to wrap up his holiday-themed ’12 Days’ campaign.

“It’s a good event to finish our ’12 Days of Results’ tour (in Iowa) focusing on national service,” spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said.

Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

Team Huckabee has a campaign Christmas tree, under which it is collecting non-perishable food items to benefit local food pantries.

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC)

Senator Edwards’ One Corps has been collecting canned goods throughout the entire campaign and continues through the holiday season. This week he airs a special holiday TV ad asking voters to consider that one out of every four homeless people on our streets is a veteran and 37 million people in our country live in poverty.

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Obama passes Gravel to take lead in ServeNext Presidential Straw Poll to benefit NH Food Bank!

Posted by aaronjmarquez on December 21, 2007

ServeNext Presidential Straw Poll

This just in… U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has taken the lead in the ServeNext Presidential Straw Poll, which was dominated just one week ago by former U.S. Congressman Mike Gravel (D-AK)!

The leaderboard to date (12/21) looks like this:

1. U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

2. Former U.S. Congressman Mike Gravel (R-AK)

3. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NYC)

4. Former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC)

5. Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM)

6. U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

7. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

8. U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO)

Designed celebrate the season of service, create some friendly competition between campaigns, and address the unprecedented critical food shortage faced by residents in need this winter, the contest will benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank and its local agencies across the state.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!

A $5 donation will register a vote for the candidate of the donor’s choice and, unlike New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary, you can vote as often and for as many candidates as you’d like! Progress will be reported weekly and the polls will remain open until midnight on December 31, 2007. Supplemental funds will be provided through the generous support of Thrivent.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!

The ServeNext Presidential Straw Poll is an initiative of ServeNext.org, a political action organization aimed at expanding National Service. The organization’s membership, which consists mostly of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni, has been pressing Presidential candidates from both major political parties at house parties and town halls in New Hampshire since the summer. More than half of the candidates have signed the ServeNext Pledge to Expand National Service, which aims primarily at expanding AmeriCorps by 100,000 members by the end of the next President’s first term.

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PLEASE NOTE: While the NH Food Bank will receive 100% of proceeds from the Presidential Straw Poll, ServeNext Civic Action is not affiliated with the NH Food Bank, Catholic Charities, or Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

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McCain ramps up support for National Service on the stump; questions remain…

Posted by aaronjmarquez on December 19, 2007

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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has stepped up his National Service rhetoric on on the campaign trail in recent weeks. Between a nationally-televised event live on MTV and a visit to Timberland, one of the largest corporate champions of National Service, there is no question that the Senator is proud of his past support for AmeriCorps. Questions remain, however, around what role a McCain administration would play in expanding opportunities for Americans to serve their country.

On Monday, December 3rd, four ServeNext members attended the MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue with John McCain at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. Among the questions fielded in the hour-long program, McCain addressed what he would have done differently had he been in the shoes of the President of the United States these last 8 years.

After 9/11, my friends, which none of us predicted obviously, I would have not asked Americans to go shopping or take a trip. I would have asked every single American to find a way to serve their country – to join the military, the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, neighborhood organizations; every way that we could find a way for people to serve their country. Americans were united after 9/11, my friends, and I would have asked them to serve, and as President of the United States in January of 2009, I will ask them to serve again.

The Senator’s closing statement carried on the same ethos of service.

I hope that you’ll go see other candidates and get involved in the political campaign and be involved in public service. And if you remember anything I said tonight, please remember there’s nothing nobler than serving a cause greater than your self-interest.

Moderator Chris Cillizza of washingtonpost.com’s Politics Blog even highlighted McCain’s call to service in the wrap-up.

I think what you saw over the course of the night is Senator McCain explaining in a very reasonable and rational way why he feels the way he does and, as he did in 2000, making it very clear (that) he believes that this campaign is not about him; that this campaign is a call to serve the country. And I think that’s a very powerful message.

Later that same week, ServeNext was invited to ride the Straight Talk Express from Bedford to Stratham, where the Senator McCain and daughter Meghan visited The Timberland Company’s Global Headquarters. On the ride over, ServeNext sought out some “straight talk” on National Service.

ServeNext: Yesterday, Senator Obama unveiled a National Service plan that would expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 members – which is very similar to what you wanted to do with the Call to Service Act. Why is it that Democrats seem to be taking the lead on the issue in this election cycle?

Senator McCain: Well, I hope they haven’t. Senator Bayh and I recommended this legislation years ago and fought very hard for… the expansion of AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and other organizations. 18 months of voluntary service for $18,000 in educational benefits – and we’ve continued to push that. The (Iraq) War has kind of overwhelmed – and I’m not exactly sure why – but it seems to have driven it to the sidelines.

ServeNext: Your message on Monday at the MTV/MySpace event – to all of the young people that were there – really seemed to be, “We want to get you involved in the government. We want you to take responsibility for the issues that we are facing as Americans right now.” Do you envision yourself making a similar sort of speech at some point in the campaign?

Senator McCain: Oh, yes.

Upon the Straight Talk Express’ arrival in Stratham, McCain was greeted by Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz and given a tour of the company’s facility. The Senator stopped to buy a pair of boots from the on-site retail store, learned more about the unique public-private partnership of City Year New Hampshire under Timberland’s own roof, and greeted military veterans now employed by by the company – including a great American, man, and service warrior, George Bellanger.

The tour proceeded to City Year New Hampshire’s office space, where AmeriCorps members serving in New Hampshire and Boston greeted Senator McCain. He praised them for their dedication, as he did later at the town hall meeting with members of the Timberland/City Year community. ServeNext has has also learned from an advisor to its New Hampshire campaign that the Senator also mentioned his support for National Service at a speaking engagement in Portsmouth later that afternoon and again the following day in Hampstead.

On the blogosphere, pressure continues to build for the Senator to get specific with a major policy address – or at least some numbers around his intentions for AmeriCorps.

Barack Obama joined the call for national service with a major policy address and a pledge to make national service an important cause of his presidency. His December 5th proposal would expand AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000 participants and focus it on the classroom, health care, clean energy, veterans, and homeland security.

We have high hopes that other candidates will follow suit, particularly Mitt Romney, who as Governor of Massachusetts served on City Year’s national board of directors, John McCain, who co-authored a universal national service bill in the Senate, and Hillary Clinton, who has long been a behind-the-scenes champion of AmeriCorps as well as a sponsor of the Public Service Academy modeled on West Point.

When asked for a specific statement on Senator McCain’s plans for AmeriCorps, campaign representatives replied:

Senator McCain has co-sponsored legislation in the past (Call to Service Acts) to boost Americorps’ ranks. The 2001 iteration was to 250k; the 2003 was to 175k. It also had incentives for brief military enlistments.

We have not at this stage in the campaign developed the kind of detail you seek, but Senator McCain is certainly in favor of expanding successful programs to allow personal contributions to society.

Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) remains the only GOP candidate to sign the Presidential Pledge to Expand National Service or issue a statement of support for expanding AmeriCorps by at least 100,000 members. Last night, former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) said in Manchester that AmeriCorps fit in his “budget box,” but that he would “have to see” about growing its membership to accomodate post-9/11 demand by citizens to serve their country.

ServeNext will continue to have a presence at McCain town hall meetings in the days leading up to the first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 and beyond as its national campaign to expand National Service kicks off.

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Harris Wofford to attend ServeNext Factory Forum this Monday

Posted by aaronjmarquez on December 14, 2007

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Former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford will speak with National Service supporters in Manchester on Monday morning as part of the ServeNext Factory Forum Series, sharing why he has chosen to support Barack Obama for President in 2008. The former Associate Director of the Peace Corps, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service, and special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, Wofford has dedicated his life to the goal of making citizen service a common expectation and experience for all Americans.

U.S. Senator Barack Obama was accompanied by Wofford last week on his Call to Serve College Tour in Iowa, where he formally rolled out his National Service policy. The comprehensive plan, which was endorsed by ServeNext, includes the expansion of AmeriCorps to 250,000 members annually and doubling the Peace Corps by its 50th anniversary in 2010.

Light refreshments will be served. Guests are asked to arrive at maax, Inc. in Manchester at 10:00am. Please spread the word… this event is open to the public!

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Obama sponsors food drive at rally with Oprah in Manchester, NH

Posted by aaronjmarquez on December 9, 2007

 

In an e-mail from today from the Obama campaign, individuals are being asked to bring 2 canned goods with them to Sunday’s rally with Oprah Winfrey in Manchester, NH.

Also, we are holding a canned goods drive to benefit New Horizons for New Hampshire in front of the Verizon Wireless Arena during Sunday’s rally.

We ask everyone to join us in helping out those in need during this holiday season.  We encourage guests to bring at least two canned or non-perishable food items to the rally on Sunday.  This is a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the community.

With all 12,000 tickets to the event already spoken for, it will be exciting to see how much food is collected.  U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) served at New Horizons the day before Thanksgiving along with staff from his New Hampshire campaign and members of the Manchester West High School Student Council. 

On Wednesday, Obama announced his National Service plan, which would expand AmeriCorps from 70,000 to 250,000 members and double the Peace Corps by its 50th anniversary in 2010.

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