A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
A group led by FCNL and Search for Common Ground are urging U.S. policy makers to help protect civilians and prevent potential mass atrocities in the Central African Republic. The most recent wave of violence is tipping the situation beyond control and taking a trajectory towards large-scale interreligious and intercommunal violence.
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
"Peace and security can be achieved only by peaceful means.
To prevent violence, we must address the roots of conflict. These include economic deprivation, intolerance, humiliation and inequity, oppressive power, spending on weapons and armed forces at the price of civil development, and war itself.
Because violence degrades the sacredness of life, we seek alternative forms of conflict resolution. We support active non-violent responses to prevent or transform violent conflict at all levels."
For more, see FCNL's Policy Statement.