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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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President's Budget: More Money for War?

By Jim Cason on 02/02/2015 @ 09:41 AM

Tags: war is not the answer, budget, budget news, Pentagon, statement

In negotiations, the most important offer is often the first; it's the baseline for every other proposal. The president's budget request, released every year at the beginning of February, is that opening offer. It won't become law -- legislation has to come from Congress -- but it sets the tone for budget negotiations this year.

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War on Terror is Not the Answer to Nigeria’s Violence

By Kate Edelen on 01/22/2015 @ 12:00 AM

Tags: Nigeria

A January 13th Washington Post editorial titled “Boko Haram’s Campaign of Terror is only Getting Worse” argues that it’s past time for a wake-up call in addressing violence in Nigeria.

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The State of the Union Is...

By Diane Randall on 01/20/2015 @ 01:07 PM

Tags: Diane, War is Not the Answer, immigration, budget, ppdc

Like millions of Americans, we're looking forward to hearing the State of the Union address tonight.

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Holiday Traditions: Apply Your Gifts!

By Kaeley Pruitt-Hamm on 12/17/2014 @ 03:21 PM

Tags: holidays, young adult program

To me, the holidays have always been a time to gather with the blessings you have and reflect and plan for how to apply those gifts to work for peace and justice issues in the New Year. Now, I am encouraging you all to take the holidays to apply. Apply your gifts and skills to social justice work; apply to FCNL’s young adult programs!

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