CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS INITIATIVE
(CCCI)
 

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 John McCutcheon "The Boys In Green" from the CD "Untold"

CLICK here to the "BOYS IN GREEN"!

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A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.
Forests are the lungs of our land,
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ~ FDR
 
 

The Civilian Conservation Corps Initiative (CCCI) is a grassroots non-profit,
 
bi-partisan organization, with a  proposal to the American People and our Members of Congress
 
to re-establish the enormously successful all public sector initiative the  United States Civilain Conservation Corps (CCC)
 
as a large scale investment by the US Government in our Nation's human and natural capital
 
that the 32nd President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt launched in the Great Depression. 
 
 
CCCI avocates the passage  and the policy of HR 188 - the 21st Century CCC Act 
 
that would authorize the President to re-establish the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps
 
as a means of providing gainful employment to unemployed and underemployed citizens
 
of the United States through the performance of useful public work, and for other purposes. 
 

 

The revitalized CCC would enlist thousands of young Americans in all 50 states, Native America, and Territories,

putting them to work on the huge backlog of reconstruction projects so urgently

needed on the 700 million acres of both urban and rural public lands across our country.

 Let’s put American’s to work on jobs that really need to be done,

  building national assets for future generations.
 
 

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Soldier Soldier planting tree seedlings in Montana.

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Marion James a CCC is reflected in a plaque with the names of men who worked at Camp 3422 in NC.

 
The purpose of human life is to serve,
and to show compassion and the will to help others.               
                                                                                                                   Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
 

                  S H O V E L

S – is for the spuds we got for breakfast.
H – is for the home we seldom see.
O – is for the onions that they feed us.
V -  is for this verse composed by me.
E -  is for the end of my enlistment.
L – is for the last they’ll see of me.
Put them all together the spell SHOVEL
The emblem of the CCC.

Fort Lewis CCC songbook, 1934

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CCC enrollees using picks and shovels, Maryland, 1933

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CCC enrollees digging a ditch for a water pipeline at Interstate State Park, WI

 
 
It's not right to want to heal the suffering of people without
committing to fight the very causes of this suffering. 
                                                                                                                    ~ Jean-Paul Satre (1905-1980)

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Black CCC enrollees learning morse code and radio operation.
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CCC Recruiting Poster
"I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects . . . More important, however, than the material gains from their labors will be the moral and spiritual value of such work."   FDR's message to Congress, March 21, 1933