After tens of millions of years spent in hiding in the Earth’s crust, dinosaurs are finally taking a stand for something worthwhile: the preservation of AmeriCorps, the dynamic domestic sister of the world-renowned Peace Corps program, funded through the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS).
Well, not really. Actually, upwards of one hundred people dressed as dinosaurs stood at landmarks around Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning, holding signs and chanting slogans to create public awareness of the existential threat to AmeriCorps under the sharp axe of the Trump administration. AmeriCorps has channeled a full million civic-minded heroes in the last 20 years into community service ventures throughout the United States. Now Trump, through his fiscal minions, is signaling his intention to end the program, as his first budget wish list states that the federal government is not a civic organization: “Funding community service and subsidizing the operation of nonprofit organizations is outside the role of the Federal Government.”
That characterization of the federal mission would come as news to every previous president—even former Republican presidents, who knew the powerful impact the governmental imprimatur has to leverage and foment the spirit of private organizational and individual giving.
This T-Rexification trend, which has cropped up in many other contexts and has trampled the pages of Facebook and other social media platforms, is in fact a welcome phenomenon. It seems that with President Trump’s rise to power and the precipitous brand of callous politics that has plagued federal, state, and local governments in recent years, we have seen many dinosaurs masquerading as people in the halls of Congress and lesser state houses. But with the AmeriCorps drive, it’s good to see more of them coming over from the dark side.
About Louis Altman
Louis Altman is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Syracuse, New York office of ACCES-VR, a state agency that works with people with disabilities to help them achieve vocational goals and other related objectives. A licensed attorney in New York for over twenty years, Louis is also an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, teaching Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling for the University's masters program in Rehabilitation Counseling, a program he graduated from. Louis has been writing newswires for NPQ since 2012. He has a wide variety of interests in the arts, business and sociology, and whatever unique and influential developments NPQ readers might find valuable to know. To leverage his training and experience he is working with NPQ to develop a focus on legal and vocational issues relevant to the nonprofit community.