A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
To prevent violent conflicts before they start, the U.S. needs to create, invest in and use the structures that promote peace. Still, the U.S. spends only 2 cents of every tax dollar on diplomacy and development, while 40 cents goes to pay for current and past wars. Ask your candidates for their perspective.
Peacebuilding in Action
The international community of Quaker peacebuilders is mobilizing again to support peaceful elections in Burundi in 2015. Following relatively peaceful elections in Kenya, we are continuing to connect Quakers around the world to share lessons learned and prevent future violence.
Prevention and Protection
The international community has a responsibility to protect civilians. Programs that prevent conflict and protect civilians are basic building blocks for lasting peace and security. These structures help prevent violent conflicts, which then saves both lives and money.
Letters & Statements
We write as fifteen organizations deeply concerned about negative impacts of United States-led airstrikes on civilians in Syria and Iraq on top of the devastating violence against civilians that continues to be perpetrated by the Syrian and Iraqi governments, government-allied forces, and extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS).
Congress cannot meaningfully exercise its Constitutional power to authorize force if the Executive uses secret legal opinions to extend past authorizations in ways that Congress never anticipated or intended.
As leaders of U.S. organizations that work to support children and families both in the United States and abroad, we strongly urge you to send the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to the U.S. Senate this year.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"We seek federal policies and practices that avoid violence and embrace peaceful forms of managing and resolving conflict. The cycles of violence perpetuated by acts of terror and the armed overthrow of governments serve as warnings against the use of force, while the examples of nonviolent movements for change provide concrete alternatives. No war is justified.
We envision a U.S. with a stronger capacity for prompt and flexible nonmilitary responses to ongoing conflicts that may escalate into mass atrocities. To be most effective, these efforts will seek to alleviate violence and to protect vulnerable populations."