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How Do We Act Justly?

By Diane Randall on 06/25/2015 @ 11:00 AM

Tags: diane randall, mass incarceration, 1033

The shocking murder of nine African-American people by a young white man in a Charleston, South Carolina church last week has focused the country on the sad fact that racial hatred leading to deadly violence is alive in our country. Even as we mourn, we reflect on what our communities, our government and we, as citizens, can do to take down the foundations of racial injustice.

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Three Reasons Why We Should Stay Calm about Putin's Nuclear Announcement

Three Reasons Why We Should Stay Calm about Putin's Nuclear Announcement

By Bradley Harris on 06/17/2015 @ 03:33 PM

Tags: nuclear

Earlier today, Putin announced that Russia would deploy 40 new nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) in order to boost its nuclear arsenal. While this statement is a step in the wrong direction, there are three important reasons why no one should be panicking.

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Congress Has Second Thoughts on Endless War

Congress Has Second Thoughts on Endless War

By Jim Cason on 06/11/2015 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, AUMF

After months of inaction, Congress is starting to push back on the president's use of a 2001 war authorization to justify his ongoing war against ISIS and the broader war on terror.

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Elizabeth Beavers

The Sun Goes Down on the Patriot Act

By Elizabeth Beavers on 06/01/2015 @ 11:20 AM

Tags: surveillance, militarism, civil liberties, patriot act

Last night at midnight, the sun went down on the Patriot Act. The most controversial provision – section 215 – expired. So, what happens now?

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The Huge Shift in US Foreign Policy that No One Noticed

The Huge Shift in US Foreign Policy that No One Noticed

By Kate Edelen on 05/29/2015 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Environment, ppdc, military spending

For the first time, it appears that there are concrete measures in the works to develop “climate resiliency” as a foreign policy objective.

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Essential Reforms to Mass Surveillance

Essential Reforms to Mass Surveillance

By Maggie O'Donnell on 05/27/2015 @ 03:10 PM

Tags: war on terror, militarism, civil liberties, PATRIOT Act, mass surveillance, SSRA

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill called the “USA FREEDOM Act” that purports to tackle mass surveillance—an issue that affects hundreds of millions of Americans. But the USA FREEDOM Act is not real reform. Here's what real, essential reform to mass surveillance looks like.

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FCNL Advocacy Corps: Voices for the Future

FCNL Advocacy Corps: Voices for the Future

By Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm on 05/26/2015 @ 04:21 PM

Tags: around the office, young adult program

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has just launched a cutting edge and unique new program: the Advocacy Corps. Over the course of the next year, 18 young people based around the United States will be trained and supported to organize grassroots lobbying in favor of congressional action on climate change. These impressive organizers hail from California to Kentucky to Florida, and we can't wait for them to get started.

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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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