A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
The U.S. has taken an active role in preventing further atrocities in Central African Republic. And the administration made the important choice to transfer millions of dollars out of the Pentagon and into the State Department, where the money can be used for a peaceful response.
We continue working with the Board to realize our shared goal of strong U.S. prevention policy. See recommendations for the APB after its first year from a coalition of FCNL's colleague organizations.
Your Peace Toolbox
The President's FY14 Request (which comes before the House and Senate versions of the budget) was hopeful, and included all of our priority programs. The Complex Crises Fund was included in the request, but for $40 million--$10 million less than last year's President's Request.
Stories & Successes
The White House released a fact sheet on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Atrocities Prevention Board. On this same day, FCNL and other Prevention and Protection Working Group organizations sent President Obama this letter.
For the first time since the Atrocities Prevention Board was created last year, members of the Atrocities Prevention Board briefed congressional staff on the record this month. This briefing was made possible by continued, consistent effort by the Prevention and Protection Working Group to facilitate such communication over the past year.
When the House voted earlier this year to eliminate funding for State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development efforts to prevent deadly conflict, we mobilized our constituents and other networks to successfully protect the Complex Crises Fund .
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."