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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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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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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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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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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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