A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
For more a decade, FCNL has advocated for improved U.S.-Iran relations. Our priority is to see the U.S. government engage in the diplomacy that will help bring Iran back into the fold of the international community and prevent the country from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Dr. King told us that peace must not only be seen as a 'distant goal,' but also 'a means by which we arrive at that goal.' This week of breakthroughs in U.S.-Iran relations is a testament to that approach for peace.
The UN nuclear watchdog has already verified that Iran has dramatically shrunk its nuclear program. For the first time in nearly a decade, Iran doesn’t have enough fuel to build a nuclear bomb.
The Quakers don’t fit the stereotypical image of high-powered lobbyists.
But these peacemakers, led by Kate Gould, just claimed victory in the most hard-fought battle in Washington, after enough Senate Democrats pledged to uphold the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation applauds the decision by 42 senators to support the accord to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Today’s milestone virtually guarantees that Congress will not block the historic agreement to peacefully reign in Iran’s nuclear program. FCNL was proud to co-sponsor a press conference today with NIAC Action, Global Zero, Council for a Livable World and other peace and security organizations to mark this triumph for pro-peace grassroots citizen advocacy.
Diplomacy works! As of September 8th, 41 senators have announced that they will support the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Today’s milestone virtually guarantees that Congress will not block the historic agreement to peacefully rein in Iran’s nuclear program.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"We support active non-violent responses to prevent or transform violent conflict at all levels.
The cycles of violence perpetuated by acts of terror and the armed overthrow of governments serve as warning against the use of force, while the examples of nonviolent movements for change provide concrete alternatives.”