I have 19 fans: Become a Fan. You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEdNews
Dwayne served in the Peace Corps in the slums of Mumbai, India, worked several Habitat Projects, and was on the start-up team of the California Conservation Corps. He has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, has been a builder, teacher, political organizer, small businessman, affordable housing developer, and a rock-piler at Rubel's Castle. Some pics and stories at http://peopleslobby.us/more-projects/rubelia.
Some story tidbits about his recent well-regarded book about Rubel's Castle are available at http://peopleslobby.us/more-projects/rubelia.
In 2013 Rubelia was designated a National Historic Monument, right up there with Hearst Castle. CBS clip: Rubel's Castle is on verge of listing on National Registry http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/08/07/rubel-castle-in-glendora-on-the-verge-of-getting-national-historic-recognition/
Dwayne is presently Executive Director of People's Lobby Inc (PLI, 501c4)and People's Lobby's Education Foundation (PLEF, 501c3). You can read PLI's American World Service Corps Congressional Proposal (AWSC) at
Rebuilding People'Lobby web site is available at http://peopleslobby.us/
Congresswoman Woolsey (D, CA) offered to introduce it in the 111th Congress, then retracted. Please contact your Congressional reps and ask them to become an original sponsor or cosponsor. The AWSC citizen-initiated congressional proposals could be, with you pushing your representatives, among the most significant legislation passed and implemented in decades. Imagine having 21 million Americans cost effectively doing good at home or abroad over the next 27 years.
In December 2009 Ralph Nader choose People's Lobby's book, "Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary, The Story of Ed & Joyce Koupal's People's Lobby" as one of the Ten Best Books to Read for 2009. You can purchase the book from PeoplesLobby.us or learn more at http://peopleslobby.us/more-projects/books.
"This country runs on laws. If you want to change the country, write its laws," People's Lobby's founders Ed and Joyce Koupal used to say. If you want to enlighten public policy, involve millions of Americans in addressing public needs, prepare for climate weirding, etc., help make it happen. The AWSC addresses with people action many of our most pressing and costly needs. To sign the reopened American World Service Corps petition/letter, which contacts Congress for you: Paste http://www.change.org/petitions/view/field_21_million_american_world_service_corps_volunteers_over_the_next_27_years
Please help make the AWSC happen. To learn more about People's Lobby, visit the web site at www.Peopleslobby.us.
Recent books both available on line and from publishers: Every Town Needs a Castle (Prelude to next book, Every Country Needs a World Service Corps)
Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary (Nader's 2009 TopTen Books to Read List)
Who Cares for the Gold Star Moms Who Care for Our Vets?
In today's dollars, WWII cost us $3 trillion, which all Americans paid for with blood and War Bonds. The Bush administration nailed that coffin by refusing to tax even the megarich to pay for the $3 trillion WMD-less Iraq War. Today a broken middle class bears Iraq's cost., including lost health care for even its Gold Star heroines. Is this how even a second rate economy should handle its heroes? Series: Gold Star Moms (5 Articles, 8576 views)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Twelve Questions and Answers for Hard Working Joes
Are you happy with America's health care, political reform, tax structure, wealth disparity, disaster response, military usage, mercenary growth, service options, public policy IQ, and our national character? Here are a dozen questions and answers that address then that require only a little initiative and action from you to make them happen.
Take the initiative and help. Series: Needed: AWSC, A Big National Service Program (15 Articles, 27512 views)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Fresh Afghanistan Warriors the President Needs
America and the world needs a fresh, new, robust army. We need new carpenters and tools in a 21st century tool box. We need to shift how we and other nations interact because our 20th century army and habits will continue throwing too many in the world into strife. People's Lobby American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals (AWSC) gives us that fresh, new, robust army. Series: Goodwill hunting (29 Articles, 43501 views), PLAYERS (23 Articles, 23373 views)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Building New Armies Builds World Peace?
Few know what the President will do with tomorrow's policy issues.
However, his ghostly Presidential chronicler can give you a good
idea of where his policies are heading. He tells us the President
wants another much bigger army to help win the terror wars, build
America's economy, and make the world safer. Is he right? Will the
American World Service Corps lead other nations to build similar
armies? Series: Needed: AWSC, A Big National Service Program (15 Articles, 27512 views), PLAYERS (23 Articles, 23373 views)
Thursday, October 15, 2009(1 comments)
President uses “Nobel's mo” to change the world
One person doesn't make peace. One person can add momentum, or lead “people,” toward peace. America's economy is shaky, the world's in great need, and people are searching for ways to work themselves out of the inherited mess. To address all that, Obama should use his “Nobel Mo” to implement the American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals to turn the mess around. If not now, when? Series: PLAYERS (23 Articles, 23373 views)
Saturday, October 3, 2009(2 comments)
Rethinking America's Involvement
As the world tumbles from crisis to crisis, we need to rethink more than just Afghanistan. How about our military involvement that is breaking our economy? Our belittled diplomacy? Our public policy understanding? Kennedy's laudable National Service Act was a start, but too small to address looming crises. The answer? Involve 21 million Americans in voluntary national service, as the American World Service Corps would do. Series: Goodwill hunting (29 Articles, 43501 views), PLAYERS (23 Articles, 23373 views)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The Next Needed Greatest Generation
These words ring even louder today. Today, however, we need to field robust working teams that improve America and the freedom of man.
"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
JFK inaugural 1961 Series: Goodwill hunting (29 Articles, 43501 views), PLAYERS (23 Articles, 23373 views)
Saturday, May 9, 2009(1 comments)
Open Letter to General Contractor Barack Obama
America needs rebuilding. Our general contractor drives well to the hoop, but hasn't driven many nails. Luckily, how many nails he's driven is not important. What's important is the character and experience of the crews he must inspire over the years to build our New Foundation. As the foundations of our infrastructure, finance, and ethics crumble, our worker' skills and character are about to be tested as seldom before. Series: Goodwill hunting (29 Articles, 43501 views), PLAYERS (23 Articles, 23373 views)
Sunday, March 29, 2009(4 comments)
Education for the long run - Raising our public policy IQ for generations to come
Do we walk enough in troubled neighbors' shoes? Taste the experiences of the unemployed, poorly schooled, homeless, refugeed? We elect public policy doers who impact such experiences. Until MANY, MANY more walk miles in others' shoes, our public policies will not be as good as they should. The AWSC Congressional Proposals build on the GIVE and Serve America Proposals by GOING BIG ENOUGH to make us as smart as we should be. Series: Options:1) Blow-up 2) Build-up (10 Articles, 11803 views)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Need revenues? Add a few flush tax brackets
When today's wealth accumulation is more concentrated than in 1999, when the richest 1% (about 2.7 million people) has as much to spend after taxes as the bottom 100 million, isn't it time to go back and add a top tax bracket or two that worked? Series: TaxEnomics 101 and more (7 Articles, 11181 views)
Friday, January 30, 2009
Investing in a peaceful future through an escrowed AWSC account
Our military teams achieve Herculean feats. Until we field robust nation building teams, our troops will too often face bloody feats. People's Lobby's American World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposals provides creative financing mechanisms that funds armies of peace, whose feats all admire. Push your Congressional representatives to join Congresswoman Woolsey in cosponsoring the AWSC Congressional proposals. Series: Uber-rich 2% solution for world peace (8 Articles, 12558 views)
Friday, January 23, 2009(7 comments)
Why Build the American World Service Corps?
About a third of the world has been left behind--living in fear and poverty. Planting seeds among them are crazed terrorists who perceive Americans as evil. Manning 737 American military bases will not reverse that trend. America needs to field a 21st century American World Service Corps that builds a peaceful America and world. Implementing Peoples Lobby's AWSC Congressional Proposals builds that Corps and world. Series: Goodwill hunting (29 Articles, 43501 views), Options:1) Blow-up 2) Build-up (10 Articles, 11803 views)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
AWSC National Service Corps That Proves Whether, "Yes, We Still Can."
Fielding a robust AWSC National Service Corps of twenty-one million serving Americans: 1) Proves "Yes, Americans still can." 2) Helps right America's Ship of State. Implementing People's Lobby's American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals, which Congresswoman Woolsey is introducing in the 111th Congress, addresses our and world needs better than any national service proposal now being considered in Congress. Series: Needed: AWSC, A Big National Service Program (15 Articles, 27512 views)
Carrots, Foreign Aid, Brown v. Board of Education and Israel /Palestine.
January 12th found me at the Book Passages in Corte Madera, California listening to author Melissa Rossi talk about "What Every American Should Know about the Middle East." During the book-signing portion of the evening, I asked several American-born Israelis about People's Lobby's Israel Palestine peace building proposal, which centered on my statement regarding the elction of Barack Obama... Series: Goodwill hunting (29 Articles, 43501 views), Israel & Palestine (2 Articles, 4084 views)
Monday, January 5, 2009
Yes, AWSC Can... lift the world
America has BIG PROBLEMS requiring big solutions. People's Lobby's American World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposals will be the largest national service program considered in this Congress. It provides choices and incentives for young and old to serve at home or abroad in governmental or nongovernmental organizations. This is the first of eight sections culled from the AWSC Report sent to some elected officials. Series: Goodwill hunting (29 Articles, 43501 views)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
World Service Corps Can Save Our Vets
Our veterans will continue being mauled physically and mentally until we make a serious effort to serve and build a more peaceful, smarter world. That safer world won't appear until we have a helluva lot more yanks peacefully and productively serving to build that saner world. Mauled vets know this. People's Lobby's American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals provides the teams that benefit our vets and the world. Series: Needed: AWSC, A Big National Service Program (15 Articles, 27512 views)
Scared, broke, and still marching to stupid wars...
We fall into wasteful wars because too few citizens understand domestic and world needs. Our most indelible educations come from first hand experiences. Moving Americans from bumper sticker analysis into meaningful world service does more than screeching complaints about the State of the World. Pressing Congress to enact PLI's American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals provides indelible learning educations. Series: TaxEnomics 101 and more (7 Articles, 11181 views)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007(1 comments)
The 2% Forbes solution to a well-armed Live Earth
What better way to:
Create a Live Earth than by helping People's Lobby's citizen-driven non-partisan American World Service Corps Congressional Proposals become law.
Build a smarter, more peaceful Earth than by having a million productive American volunteers serving and learning in it.
Fund the American World Service Corps than to inspire the Forbes Richest 400 to finance it with just 2% of their accumulated wealth. Series: Uber-rich 2% solution for world peace (8 Articles, 12558 views)