Friday, July 25, 2008


On September 6, 2008, the MorePeaceCorps campaign will be throwing100 House Parties across the United States. Our goal is to build a bigger, better, bolder Peace Corps – one that is doubled in budget and worldwide volunteer base by 2011, the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.

Can you help us achieve this goal?

We are asking local MorePeaceCorps volunteers on the ground to rally their communities in support of this crucial campaign. September 6th is a night for supporters of MorePeaceCorps to gather with returned and prospective Peace Corps volunteers, friends, and family, for drinks, snacks, dancing, movie screenings, letter-writing and live music.

There are numerous ways to help us out, whether by hosting a party, arranging for donations, coordinating publicity, writing letters and/or op-ed pieces, or simply attending your local house party! Are you a natural-born leader? Become an official MorePeaceCorps local organizer. We will send you a house party organizer’s kit, connect you with volunteers in your area, and plug you into our website.

The success of 100 House Parties is essential to catapulting our campaign forward.
We need your help to make this happen! To host a MorePeaceCorps House Party or to learn more about 100 House Parties, please contact May, MorePeaceCorps Communications/Events, at

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sent: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 10:01 pm
Subject: Starfish Initiative

July 21
Albuquerque, NM

I would like to propose that FoA thru the Starfish Initiative fund a small village initiative. In 1986, or there abouts when I was a Vice Consul at the US Consulate General in Istanbul an American guy walked up to the AmCitizens window to talk about his plans to go to Peshawar and he hoped into Afghanistan to write article on the Soviet jihad. I invited him to my home that night and we had a nice talk about the place all the readers of this message love. Time passed, much time actually. Then about a year or year and one half ago he called me out of the blue and over the phone and email we got reacquainted. He is now an anthropologist civilian embedded with a US military unit in Afghanistan.
One of his mandates is the find worthwhile projects that the military can implement on a village by village and even person by person level for civic development projects. He has found a village woman who has lost two children and has a young amputee daughter. The husband is in Iran looking for some kind of work, probably a hamal.
The gentleman's name is Jim Emery(kachin2001@). He would like to get the woman a sewing machine and a supply of cloth and thread, etc. so she can earn a pitance of a living for her and the little girl from her home. He thinks he can do this for about $50 or $100. I think this would a worthwhile project for FoA or your student group to fund.
I strongly suggest that you contact him on behalf of the groups mentioned and determine exactly how much he thinks he needs. Since he is out in the field, he is good source of information on needy people and needy villages. He and his unit can deliver school supplies, or tools, etc. and the donors can have 100% assurance that what they are paying for gets into real human hands.
Thanks for looking into this. All the best to Yaseer and Ted Achilles.
Randy Biggers
Kabul 74-76