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A Perfect Pair: Nonviolent Action and Lobbying

By Joe Volk on 03/12/2015 @ 11:21 AM

Tags: around the office

At FCNL, we spend a lot of time thinking about unlikely pairings. Joe Volk, FCNL's executive secretary emeritus, has more on one of these: nonviolent direct action and grassroots lobbying.

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Main Street Shouldn't Look Like a War Zone

By Elizabeth Beavers on 03/09/2015 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: 1033, police militarization, criminal justice, war is not the answer

A new bill would stop the Pentagon from handing out free military-grade weapons and equipment to law enforcement. Ferguson is proof of why this legislation is necessary.

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What Netanyahu Got Wrong

By Wardah Khalid and Kate Gould on 03/03/2015 @ 12:46 PM

Tags: Iran, nuclear, diplomacy, Israel

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint meeting of Congress. Below is a quick reaction on what Netanyahu got wrong, and some of the problems with the substance, timing, and how the speech was arranged in the first place.

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Watershed Week for Diplomacy

By Wardah Khalid on 02/26/2015 @ 02:34 PM

Tags: Iran, nuclear, diplomacy

The Iran nuclear negotiations are a historic opportunity to thaw a relationship that has been dangerously icy for decades. We at FCNL appreciate the many members of Congress who have expressed support for the Iran talks and opposed additional sanctions that could derail the discussion during this critical time.

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It's Time for Smarter Sentencing

By Della Anderson on 02/26/2015 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Justice, Domestic, mass incarceration

The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 seeks to heal our nation from its obsession with incarceration through the reduction of mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses, by restoring the individual discretion to judges through the upholding of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 and by increasing transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system.

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Four Weeks to Spring Lobby Weekend!

Posted on 02/13/2015 @ 04:21 PM

Tags: environment, around the office

As of today, February 13th, Spring Lobby Weekend is only 4 weeks away.

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#MuslimLivesMatter: Tragedy at Chapel Hill

By Wardah Khalid on 02/11/2015 @ 03:34 PM

Tags: interfaith, religious freedom

The shocking murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill yesterday has sparked heated conversations across the country about media biases, bigotry, and Islamophobia.

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On the Death of Kayla Mueller

By Sean Langberg on 02/10/2015 @ 12:00 AM

Tags: ppdc, middle east

Kayla Mueller, the last known American hostage held by the Islamic State, was confirmed dead today.

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Development Assistance Trumps Security Assistance

By Theo Sitther on 02/04/2015 @ 12:00 AM

Tags: foreign policy, security assistance, peacebuilding, ppdc

David Ignatius’s January 27 Washington Post op-ed, “Why Yemen Fell Apart,” rightly points to the failure of security assistance that builds the military capacity of U.S. partners to carry out the fight against violent extremists.

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Not So Endless: New Legislation to Limit the Endless War

By Elizabeth Beavers on 02/03/2015 @ 10:00 AM

Tags: foreign policy, war is not the answer, AUMF, Iraq, Syria

Instead of a broad, blank check war authority, Congressman Schiff has proposed limited authorization that would re-instate Congress’ oversight role and begin to put parameters around what is currently an endless war.

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