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GIVE Creating Youth Brigades?




Supporters of an Americorps expansion plan pending in Congress laud its efforts to “leverage” federal dollars to boost state, local and other resources to “address national and local challenges,” while critics say its fine print secretly would create an “Obama-styled army of community organizers modeled after Saul Alinsky’s ‘Peoples Organizations.'” So which is it?

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The latest version includes a “National Service Reserve Corps” whose members have completed a “term of national service,” “has successfully completed training” and “complete not less than 10 hours of volunteering
each year.”

It also raises First Amendment issues over its limitations on what various corps participants are allowed to do.

For example, it states those in an “approved national service position” may not try to influence legislation, engage in protests or petitions, take positions on union organizing, engage in partisan political activities, or, among other issues, be “engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of proselytization.”

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