Foreign Service Journal - November 2013 - page 49

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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NOVEMBER 2013
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AFSA NEWS
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WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
FOCUS
AFSA NEWS
CALENDAR
THE OFFICIAL R CORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
11/1/2013
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Job Search Program
Reception at FSI
11/6/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
11/10/2013 - 11/13/2013
AFSA Road Scholar
Program
11/11/2013
Veterans Day:
AFSA Offices Closed
11/14/2013
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Benefits Seminar:
Social Security
11/28 & 29/2013
Thanksgiving:
AFSA Offices Closed
12/4/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
12/25/2013
Christmas:
AFSA Offices Closed
1/1/2014
New Year’s Day:
AFSA Offices Closed
SHUTDOWN ENDS
After 16 days of
furlough, federal
employees returned
to work on Oct. 17.
On Sept. 27, AFSA held a
rally aimed at showing sup-
port for tens of thousands
of Foreign Service and Civil
Service employees who faced
the very real prospect of a
government shutdown that
would prevent many of them
from doing their jobs.
Dozens of AFSA members
from the State Department,
U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development, Foreign
Commercial Service, Foreign
Agricultural Service and
other foreign affairs agencies
were joined by colleagues,
members of the American
Federation of Government
Employees (the union for the
Civil Service and cosponsor
of the rally), members of the
public and journalists. 
 More than 100 people
gathered in the Edward
J. Kelly Park opposite the
State Department at 12:15
p.m., waving American flags,
holding handmade signs and
cheering. They showed sup-
port for their fellow federal
workers and reinforced AFSA
and AFGE’s call for Congress
to resolve its differences
and pass a budget to avert a
shutdown.
 AFSA President Robert
J. Silverman welcomed the
crowd and emphasized
AFSA’s strong interest in
protecting the ability of the
Foreign Service and Civil
Service to promote Amer-
ica’s national security and
prosperity, both at home and
abroad.
“We are here to speak
out about the work done in
the areas of diplomacy and
development, which contrib-
utes to the national security
and prosperity of all Ameri-
cans each and every day,”
Silverman said. “We know
that the impact of a govern-
ment shutdown does not end
at our borders.”
 AFSA State Vice President
Matthew Asada identified
some of the many ways in
which a government shut-
down would damage the
U.S. economy and thereby
affect individual Americans.
He emphasized the many
concrete benefits that flow
to the U.S. from international
engagement, and pledged
that, “Diplomacy must go on,
and will go on!”
 AFSA USAID Vice Presi-
dent Sharon Wayne spoke
of the altruistic desire of
Foreign Service members
to make the world a better
place by serving worldwide,
regardless of the difficulties
and dangers the environment
may present. After leading
crowd in a rousing chant,
AFSA Rallies Against U.S. Government Shutdown and
In Support of Federal Employees
AFSA President Robert J. Silverman (right) addresses the crowd gathered outside of the Department of State
to protest a U.S. goverment shutdown, as AFSA State Vice President Matthew Asada (center) and other federal
employees express their support for the work they do on behalf of the American public.
Rally continued on page 54
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