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On visit to Kenya, President Obama should push for change

On visit to Kenya, President Obama should push for change

By Theo Sitther on 07/24/2015 @ 11:30 AM

President Obama is set to visit his father's homeland, which no doubt will be meaningful for Mr. Obama and for Kenyans who share a special connection to this US president with ancestral roots in Kenya.

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5 Things Pres. Obama Should Do in Kenya

5 Things Pres. Obama Should Do in Kenya

By Getry Agizah on 07/23/2015 @ 10:13 AM

Tags: kenya, ppdc

What we’ve learned in Kenya is that the most effective ways to prevent violence are often developed by churches and other local community efforts. Our communities have done a great deal.

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Christine Letts

Two Banner Years for Iran Diplomacy

By Christine Letts on 07/14/2015 @ 05:01 PM

Tags: iran, nuclear

It's been a big couple of years for diplomacy with Iran. Even three years ago, we seemed far away from the negotiating table. The homepage banners highlighted the ups and downs of negotiations on our website. Taken together, they tell quite the story.

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Maiya Zwerling

Advocacy Teams on the Road

Posted on 07/07/2015 @ 10:51 AM

Maiya Zwerling, FCNL's national field organizer, spent three weeks launching Advocacy Teams around the country. We're so excited to see the amazing things these folks will do!

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Two Weeks in Central African Republic

Two Weeks in Central African Republic

By Allyson Neville-Morgan on 06/29/2015 @ 06:14 PM

Tags: peacebuilding, atrocities prevention, ppdc

In May, Allyson Neville-Moran spent two weeks in Central African Republic, to meet local peacebuilders and get a sense of how U.S. policy could support their work.

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How Do We Act Justly?

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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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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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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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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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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