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March 1, 1961
United States Peace Corps


Much of the efforts to make life better for our communities and our world are done by volunteers -- people who work for a better world without pay. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people volunteer - nearly 65 million volunteer in America! Many volunteer organizations are run through private and public nonprofit organizations, and some are coordinated through state and national governments. In the United States, the Peace Corps has shone as a noble and rewarding example of trying to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable global community by giving one's time, energy and expertise to help people in other countries. Through service to others in different cultures, volunteers provide hands-on expertise to assist in social and economic development, help others to understand American culture, and learn about the cultures of other countries themselves. The origin of the Peace Corps stems back to shortly after World War II, when a number of members of the US Congress proposed different legislation that would create programs to coordinate volunteers in developing countries. Senator Hubert Humphrey introduced a bill to create a "Peace Corps" in 1957, but it wasn't until President John F. Kennedy took office in 1961 that it was created. President Kennedy issued an Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, and since then more than 210,000 American Peace Corps volunteers have served in 139 countries "to promote world peace and friendship."


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MILESTONES

c.380 BC
"Republic"

1215
Magna Carta

1516
"Utopia"

1528
"On Civil Power"

1625
"On The Law
of War and Peace"

1648
Peace of Westphalia

1650-1799
Enlightenment

1689
"Two Treatises of Government"

1762
"Social Contract"

July 4, 1776
US Declaration of Independence

September 17, 1787
US Constitution

August 26, 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

September 25, 1789
US Bill of Rights

1793
Department of Peace

1795
"Perpetual Peace"

May 18, 1899
Hague Peace Conference

1901
Nobel Peace Prize

January 8, 1918
14 Points

June 28, 1919
League of Nations

1933
The New Deal

January 6, 1941
The Four Freedoms

October 24, 1945
The United Nations

August, 1947
World Federalist Movement

December 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1955
"Let There Be
Peace On Earth"

1956
The Beloved Community

1960-1963
The New Frontier

1963-1969
The Great Society

1970
Earth Day

October 11, 1971
"Imagine"

1981
International Day of Peace

1985
77 Theses on the Care of the Earth

1988
Global Cooperation for a Better World

1991
Earth Constitution

1992
UNESCO
Culture of Peace Programme

1992
"4000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World"

1995
Earth Magna Charta

1995
"When Corporations Rule The World"

1996
"Peace On Earth Millennium"

1997
Appeal of the Nobel Laureates

1998
"Conscious Evolution"

May 11-15, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace

January 1, 2000
One Day In Peace

June 29, 2000
The Earth Charter

September, 2000
Millennium Development Goals

January 25-30, 2001
World Social Forum

October, 2001
"Better World Handbook"

2005
Clinton Global Initiative

July 18, 2007
The Elders

September 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street