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Minimum Wage: Not Just for Teenagers

Minimum Wage: Not Just for Teenagers

By Devon Grayson-Wallace on 07/25/2014 @ 11:45 AM

Tags: Budget, budget news, poverty, domestic

July 24, 2014 marked five years since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised, and people making the minimum wage aren't just teenagers anymore.

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Kate Gould

Making a Ceasefire Last in Gaza

By Kate Gould on 07/25/2014 @ 09:30 AM

Tags: middle east

No one—Israeli or Palestinian—should have to live under constant threat of death. The U.S. must call for an immediate ceasefire to stop the killing. That will require engaging not only Israel but also Hamas. But the U.S. must also call on Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza that causes unnecessary suffering for civilians. Without an end to the blockade, the ceasefire will not last.

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War Spending

War Spending "Just a Slush Fund"

By Tila Neguse and Devon Grayson-Wallace on 07/24/2014 @ 11:45 AM

Tags: Budget, budget news

Members of Congress are starting to question war funding as the troops come home from Afghanistan.

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Still Questions on Counterterrorism Fund

Still Questions on Counterterrorism Fund

By Theo Sitther on 07/21/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: ppdc

The Senate Appropriations Committee rightly raised some questions about the president’s request and reduced the Pentagon portion of the CTPF by more than half to $1.9-billion. This is welcome news.

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The Work of Our Faith

The Work of Our Faith

By Kiernan Colby on 07/11/2014 @ 11:12 AM

Tags: quakerism, war is not the answer, around the office

FCNL’s Washington office is just one part of the lobbying effort to influence public policy. Another major part of the effort is the work of Friends all across the country to lobby for peace and justice.

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Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: Champions of Change

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: Champions of Change

By Tila Neguse on 07/03/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: criminal justice, incarceration, Domestic

Earlier this week, the White House hosted their Champions for Change event, where they honored leaders from across the country doing extraordinary work to ensure employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.

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Elizabeth Beavers

A Place I Never Expected to Be

By Elizabeth Beavers on 06/27/2014 @ 10:35 AM

Tags: foreign policy, war is not the answer, Iraq

When I was younger, I believed in the divine rightness of America’s military might on an almost spiritual level. But as I watched my country invading Iraq, I began to doubt.

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Budget Gimmicks for the Pentagon

Budget Gimmicks for the Pentagon

By Tila Neguse on 06/26/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: Budget, Domestic, budget news

The President's FY2015 request for the Overseas Contingency Operations account is $58.6 billion. While this war funding request is significantly lower than the Administration’s original placeholder of $79.4 billion, it is still far too high.

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Iraq and Endless War: The Washington Disconnect

Iraq and Endless War: The Washington Disconnect

By Jim Cason on 06/20/2014 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iraq

The sequence is all too familiar: President Obama announced June 19 that he is sending 300 advisors to Iraq to support the government’s effort to stop the anti-government militants from overrunning the country.

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Appropriations Season is in Full Swing

Appropriations Season is in Full Swing

By Tila Neguse on 06/19/2014 @ 02:30 PM

Tags: Budget, Domestic, budget news, poverty

The summer months mark appropriations season, when Congress determines the amount of money that is granted to federal programs.

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