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.
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.
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.
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. “