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People dressed as dinosaurs in DC to warn against 'extinction' of service programs


Updated August 30, 2017 10:00 AM EDT

People dressed as dinosaurs to warn against budget cuts to national service programs.

People will dress as dinosaurs Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to warn against the "extinction" of the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS).

The CNCS is a federal agency that "helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service," according to its website. It supports more than 80,000 volunteers through AmeriCorps programs that provide a variety of services.

About 100 people are expected to wear dinosaur costumes at eight sites in D.C. -- Capitol South, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Freedom Plaza, Gallery Place, the Lincoln Memorial, Union Station, the White House -- before joining up at the U.S. Capitol.

The nonprofit Service Year Alliance started its "Stop National Service Extinction" campaign after President Trump proposed eliminating funding for it. Aly Ferguson, Service Year Alliance's director of communications, explained the protest theme.

"Extinction makes the most sense given that there are 1 million people who have done AmeriCorps over the past 20 years," Ferguson told dcist.com. "It's a species of its own and all of these people who are in it right now would have no one else to follow in their footsteps."

Ferguson said the goal isn't just to ensure funding for the CNCS.

"We want not just to fund, but also to expand it," she said. "Our goal is to have a million young people serving every year withing a generation."

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