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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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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

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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[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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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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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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Finding Earth Day Inspiration in the Forest

By Emily Wirzba on 04/22/2015 @ 11:00 AM

Tags: energy, environment, climate

Though at times I get discouraged at the lack of Congressional action in the face of such a monumental problem, on this Earth Day, I need only to rest a while in the beauty of God’s Creation, and I will be reminded why I must never give up working for the restored earth that I seek.

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By Remembering Oklahoma City, We Can Make a Change

By Theo Sitther on 04/19/2015 @ 06:14 PM

Tags: peacebuilding, atrocities prevention, ppdc

April 19, 1995 is another one of those vivid days in my memory – on par with September 11, 2001. This was the day, twenty years ago, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed killing 168 people including 19 children.

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Massive Fast Track Bill Introduced

By Emily Wirzba on 04/17/2015 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: energy, environment, climate

On Thursday, April 16th, Senator Hatch (R-UT), Senator Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Ryan (R-WI) introduced Fast Track legislation, which makes it easier to ram through Congress secret free trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Game On: Beyond the Corker Iran Bill

By Kate Gould on 04/16/2015 @ 03:10 PM

Tags: Iran, Middle East

I've gotten lots of calls and messages from many of you asking me FCNL's position on the new version of the Corker bill on Iran after it passed unanimously in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

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