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Witnessing an Alternative to Counterterrorism Aid in Kenya

Witnessing an Alternative to Counterterrorism Aid in Kenya

By Theo Sitther on 03/24/2015 @ 01:00 AM

Tags: military aid, kenya

A March 7 New York Times article titled “African Training Exercise Turns Urgent as Threats Grow” detailed the “American…rush to train African counterterrorism troops to fight extremists on the continent.”

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Battling Budgets

Battling Budgets

By Ruth Flower on 03/23/2015 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: Budget, Pentagon budget, budget news

Senators and House members will debate budget proposals this week that outline very different views of the country that we want to have. Will these debates represent your view?

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#RaiseTheWage: A Moral Imperative

#RaiseTheWage: A Moral Imperative

By Della Anderson on 03/23/2015 @ 01:30 PM

Tags: Budget, Domestic, budget news, poverty

Congress has a responsibility to lead the effort in raising the federal minimum wage. It’s time for the United States to offer its workforce a decent living.

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Spring Lobby Weekend Logistics

Spring Lobby Weekend Logistics

By Tommy Wrenn on 03/13/2015 @ 05:04 PM

Tags: around the office, energy, environment

If you're coming to Spring Lobby Weekend, get all the details. We're excited to see you!

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A Perfect Pair: Nonviolent Action and Lobbying

A Perfect Pair: Nonviolent Action and Lobbying

By Joe Volk on 03/12/2015 @ 11:21 AM

Tags: around the office

At FCNL, we spend a lot of time thinking about unlikely pairings. Joe Volk, FCNL's executive secretary emeritus, has more on one of these: nonviolent direct action and grassroots lobbying.

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Elizabeth Beavers

Main Street Shouldn't Look Like a War Zone

By Elizabeth Beavers on 03/09/2015 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: 1033, police militarization, criminal justice, war is not the answer

A new bill would stop the Pentagon from handing out free military-grade weapons and equipment to law enforcement. Ferguson is proof of why this legislation is necessary.

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Kate Gould

What Netanyahu Got Wrong

By Wardah Khalid and Kate Gould on 03/03/2015 @ 12:46 PM

Tags: Iran, nuclear, diplomacy, Israel

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint meeting of Congress. Below is a quick reaction on what Netanyahu got wrong, and some of the problems with the substance, timing, and how the speech was arranged in the first place.

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Watershed Week for Diplomacy

Watershed Week for Diplomacy

By Wardah Khalid on 02/26/2015 @ 02:34 PM

Tags: Iran, nuclear, diplomacy

The Iran nuclear negotiations are a historic opportunity to thaw a relationship that has been dangerously icy for decades. We at FCNL appreciate the many members of Congress who have expressed support for the Iran talks and opposed additional sanctions that could derail the discussion during this critical time.

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It's Time for Smarter Sentencing

It's Time for Smarter Sentencing

By Della Anderson on 02/26/2015 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Justice, Domestic, mass incarceration

The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 seeks to heal our nation from its obsession with incarceration through the reduction of mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses, by restoring the individual discretion to judges through the upholding of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 and by increasing transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system.

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Four Weeks to Spring Lobby Weekend!

Four Weeks to Spring Lobby Weekend!

Posted on 02/13/2015 @ 04:21 PM

Tags: environment, around the office

As of today, February 13th, Spring Lobby Weekend is only 4 weeks away.

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