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New Census Poverty Data: Steps Out of Poverty

By Tila Neguse on 09/18/2014 @ 12:20 PM

Tags: Budget, Domestic, Poverty, budget news, new

On Tuesday September 16, the US Census Bureau released its annual Income and Poverty report revealing that in 2013, 14.5 percent of US citizens lived in poverty, a half percentage point decrease from the 15 percent of those living in poverty in 2012.

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Congress: Do Your Job

By Elizabeth Beavers on 09/12/2014 @ 10:35 AM

Tags: foreign policy, war is not the answer, drones, aumf, iraq

If Congress avoids voting on the new war against the Islamic State (IS), it is avoiding its sole purpose - to represent the people of the United States and to allow for debate and challenge to the President's plan.

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Anything Can Happen: 13 Years After 9/11

By Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm on 09/11/2014 @ 03:21 PM

Tags: war is not the answer

Thirteen years later, I write from my new desk at Friends Committee on National Legislation, looking out my window with sadness and apprehension to the American flag at half-mast in front of the Capitol.

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Iraq bombing? We've seen this movie before

By Jim Cason on 09/09/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iraq, new

The U.S. plan to "destroy" the Islamic State through a bombing campaign is a rerun of failed policies over the past decade. There are better ways to stop the killing and advance peace and security.

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Race and (In)Justice in Ferguson

By Tila Neguse on 08/28/2014 @ 11:45 AM

Tags: incarceration, criminal justice, new

The combination of entrenched discriminatory policies and a history of over-policing of communities of color created a situation like the one in Ferguson.

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Water Wars and Climate Conflict—Do we have more to fear than bad alliterations?

By Kate Edelen on 08/26/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Environment, ppdc, water

Does securitizing the environment further legitimize the military-first response, reduce willingness to cooperate across borders, and even devalue civilian-led approaches? What is the most appropriate way to respond to issues of climate conflict?

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You Can't Solve Iraq in Iraq

By Theo Sitther on 08/22/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: iraq, war is not the answer

The Senate Appropriations Committee rightly raised some questions about the president’s request and reduced the Pentagon portion of the CTPF by more than half to $1.9-billion. This is welcome news.

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FCNL Participates in the Africa Leaders Summit

By Allyson Neville-Morgan on 08/19/2014 @ 03:37 PM

Tags: ppdc, peacebuilding

While the Summit was a remarkable moment to focus on critical issues related to shared security and prosperity, a great many challenges remain, particularly when it comes to addressing the root causes of violent extremism and conflict.

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FCNL Hosts Capitol Hill Event on the Crisis in Central African Republic

By Allyson Neville-Morgan on 08/19/2014 @ 03:37 PM

Tags: ppdc, peacebuilding

Investing in the people of CAR will be a critical element in the transition from crisis to development, and must be incorporated into planning now. That’s why FCNL is working to support a long-term strategy for U.S. engagement.

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Ferguson Looks Like a War Zone. Here's Why.

By Elizabeth Beavers on 08/14/2014 @ 10:35 AM

Tags: militarism

The people of Ferguson, Missouri are not the enemy. But police in Ferguson have met protestors with violence, armed with weapons and gear that looks like it belongs in a war zone. That's not surprising.

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