A History of Patience, Tenacity, Friendly Persuasion and Success

A History of Patience, Tenacity, Friendly Persuasion and Success

Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL has worked for decades to change federal policy to advance social and economic justice, peace, and good government.

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Our Successes

Lobbying since 1943

Over FCNL's decades-long history, we have used integrity and compassion to bring about the world we seek. Recent successes include preserving U.S. investment in war prevention, rekindling congressional action on climate change and building the movement to reduce military spending.

Our Building

The first green building on the Hill

The first green building on the Hill

We built our new building between 2003 and 2005. The building received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification in August 2007.

Recent Stories & Successes

Senate Ratifies New START Treaty

In December 2010 the Senate ratified the New START Treaty which will reduce the number of deployed nuclear weapons, moving us closer to a world free of nuclear weapons.

Congress Approves Cobell Settlement

This December success clears the way for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans to receive the money that the federal government owes them for the use of their land.

Rebuilding Democracy through Local Action to Cut the Military Budget

Across the country, local elected officials, religious leaders, community groups, union officials, Quaker meetings and churches, and many other groups are working with FCNL to urge Congress to cut the military budget.

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