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Vote No on PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Vote No on PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

By Maggie O'Donnell on 05/21/2015 @ 11:00 AM

Tags: militarism, surveillance, PATRIOT Act, SSRA

Fourteen years after its introduction, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is up for reauthorization. Here's what you can do to prevent this dangerous piece of legislation from being reauthorized.

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Elizabeth Beavers

Success: President Obama Limits Militarized Policing

By Elizabeth Beavers on 05/18/2015 @ 06:00 PM

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

The federal government won't send certain military equipment to police departments, President Obama announced on May 18. His executive order mirrors the bill we've been lobbying for in the past year, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.

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WANTED: A Budget that Supports our Troops

WANTED: A Budget that Supports our Troops

By Bradley Harris on 05/13/2015 @ 04:58 PM

Tags: budget, budget news, pentagon

The budget resolution passed by Congress in May fails to do right by our service members. It should be scraped and replaced by a plan that supports our troops and the country they have sworn to protect.

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Spending Speaks Louder than Words

Spending Speaks Louder than Words

By Ruth Flower on 05/11/2015 @ 11:30 AM

Tags: budget, budget news, pentagon, poverty

Budgets send messages about what’s important to us. The federal budget that the Congress passed sends a strong and disappointing message about who we are as a people: “We are afraid, and we don’t take care of our own. “

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Update: Crisis in Burundi

Update: Crisis in Burundi

By Theo Sitther on 05/11/2015 @ 11:30 AM

Tags: ppdc

Reports of a coup attempt in Burundi and the consequent split within the military and the fighting that that taken place so far confirms FCNL's fears of the deteriorating political situation.

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Alicia McBride

[Video] Climate Change Isn't Coming

By Alicia McBride on 04/30/2015 @ 06:00 PM

This short video, part of the QuakerSpeak project, features attenders of FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend talking about why they're acting on climate change.

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Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

By Elizabeth Beavers and Maggie O'Donnell on 04/28/2015 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: militarism, police militarization, SMLEA

This piece was originally written in response to the tragic killings of two police officers in New York. In the wake of the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police, and the resulting violence in protest, the call for peace and justice is again relevant.

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Compassion and Common Sense in El Paso

Compassion and Common Sense in El Paso

By Ruth Flower on 04/27/2015 @ 04:00 PM

Tags: Immigration, border, new

My journey to El Paso renewed my faith in fellow human beings who see suffering and act to ease the pain, who see practical needs, and move to meet them.

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Steps Forward on Energy Efficiency

Steps Forward on Energy Efficiency

By Tommy Wrenn on 04/24/2015 @ 05:04 PM

Tags: energy, environment

Congress took a step forward on energy efficiency by passing a slimmed down version of the Portman-Shaheen energy efficiency bill. We're still working for a more comprehensive bill that includes updates to building standards.

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Returning Home After Incarceration

Returning Home After Incarceration

By Tila Neguse on 04/22/2015 @ 02:00 PM

Tags: Justice, Domestic, incarceration

The theme of EAD this year was Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation. Among many of the workshops and panels organized by FCNL, was one Tila Neguse moderated on returning home after incarceration.

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