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DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 23, 2020
The Voluntary Path to Universal Service
By Will Marshall and Marc Porter Magee
Will Americans someday be asking each other, "What did you do for national service?" That's the question posed in a new book, The AmeriCorps Experiment.

PPI | Book | May 23, 2020
The AmeriCorps Experiment and The Future of National Service
By Will Marshall and Marc Porter Magee
"We believe AmeriCorps offers an intriguing new way of tackling public problems, but it remains very much a work in progress. The enterprise and its friends can only gain by remaining open to criticism, susceptible to change, and willing periodically to rethink its purposes and rationale."

DLC | New Dem Dispatch | May 19, 2020
AmeriCorps and the Future of National Service
How effective has AmeriCorps been over its 10-year history? And what is the future of national service in this country? These questions are asked and answered in an important new book from the Progressive Policy Institute.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 25, 2020
National Service
By Marc Porter Magee
By making a "call to service" a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, Kerry is proving that he stands for a broader concept of patriotism that demands active involvement from an engaged citizenry to meet our country's most serious challenges.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
Reinventing Retirement
By Sen. Tom Carper
Innovative public-private partnerships are pointing the way toward a new approach that enlists baby boomers themselves in civic projects that will help tackle the problems their increasing numbers create.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 19, 2020
Kerry's Compact with the Next Generation
By making a "call to service" a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, John Kerry is proving that he stands for a broader concept of patriotism that demands active involvement from an engaged citizenry in meeting the nation's most serious challenges.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 23, 2020
Expand The Call to Service
By Marc Magee and Steven J. Nider
The military wants soldiers and faces a long-term personnel gap. The solution should include more enlistment options, such as short-term service.

PPI | Speech | February 10, 2021
The False Choice Between National Service and Volunteerism
By Will Marshall
Remarks to the Board of Directors Meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

PPI | Policy Report | January 16, 2021
Boomer Corps: Activating Seniors for National Service
By Marc Magee
While the challenges created by the coming age wave are great, so too is the potential that this better educated, healthier, and more active class of elders represents.

DLC | New Dem Daily | October 16, 2020
Clark Starts with Service
In his first major foray into the "ideas primary" of presidential candidates, Gen. Wesley Clark chose to lead with the cornerstone New Democrat idea of national service.

Christian Science Monitor | Column | August 11, 2020
Break the Silence on AmeriCorps Funding
By Will Marshall and Marc Magee
It would be ironic if President Bush's promise to expand AmeriCorps was undone by the missteps and mismanagement of his own administration. But if he fails to speak out for emergency funds when Congress returns this fall, he will have no one to blame but himself.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 14, 2020
Enough Rhetoric: Time for Presidential Action on National Service
It's time for President Bush to stand up to House Republicans and lead the effort to give young Americans a chance to make a difference, for themselves and their country.

PPI | Front & Center | July 11, 2020
Senate Acts to Save AmeriCorps, Bush Silent
By Marc Magee
If President Bush still supports AmeriCorps, now is the time for him to speak up on its behalf. Failure to do so will make it clear that he would rather keep the most extreme members of his own party happy than keep his word to the young Americans he called upon to serve.

PPI | Policy Report | July 8, 2020
From Selective Service to National Service
By Marc Magee
By connecting this new National Service System to expanded military and civilian service programs, we will not only ensure that we have the manpower needed to meet the new security challenges of this new century, but we will do so in a way that helps restore service to our country as a civic rite of passage for America's youth.

Brookings Institution Press | Book | July 1, 2020
Thinking Bigger about Citizenship
By Will Marshall and Marc Magee
Our ultimate goal should be to make national service a common expectation -- a civic rite of passage for young Americans and an opportunity for older Americans to pass something on to their children and grandchildren.

DLC | Blueprint Extra | June 30, 2020
Whine Not
By Bruce Reed
John and Robert Kennedy and Bill Clinton, the most successful Democrats in half a century, understood that challenges matter more than promises. Americans know we believe in government. Asking more of citizens will prove we believe in them.

PPI | Front & Center | June 20, 2020
President Must Act to Save AmeriCorps
By Marc Magee
Congress scrambled this week to head off looming cuts to AmeriCorps; however, friends of national service shouldn't be under any illusions that this alone will solve the problem.

DLC | New Dem Daily | June 9, 2020
Bush's Broken Promise on National Service
A familiar, if disturbing, pattern is emerging on President Bush's vision of compassionate conservatism: Speak loudly, and carry a small stick. The latest Potemkin Village can be found in AmeriCorps.

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 20, 2020
Kerry's Call to Service
The Kerry proposal sets a new high standard for expansion of national service opportunities. His speech also helps make it clear that a willingness to give something back to the country is and should be recognized as an important distinction in American politics.

PPI | Briefing | March 4, 2020
Uncle Sam Wants You! ... For 18 Months
By Marc Magee and Steven J. Nider
Meeting the new challenges to our collective security as one nation does not require a return of the draft, but does require a strong and sustained effort to bring a greater cross-section of Americans into our all-volunteer force.

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