A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
We are changing U.S. foreign policy from one that is overly militarized to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict. We focus on peacefully preventing and ending violent conflict and reforming U.S. counterterrorism policy. By building support in Congress and the administration, we are increasing civilian capacities through the State Department and USAID to address violent conflict and extremism.
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We are greatly encouraged by the advances in negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas. Although points remain on the agenda, we are hopeful an accord will be reached which can help to end this brutal conflict. We appreciate that many representative victims of the conflict have had the chance to present their views to the negotiating table and encourage both parties to ensure that the voices of the collective organizations of Afro-Colombian and indigenous people are also heard.
FCNL supports the bipartisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.2551) that would maintain Congressional leadership in United States efforts to prevent mass violence. This bill extends the recommendations of the bipartisan S.Con.Res.71 that led to President Obama’s May 18 Executive Order. S.2551 serves to better focus U.S. policy on the prevention of mass atrocities, and supports the moral obligation and commitment to the promise of “never again” made after The Holocaust.
When religious intolerance turned to violence in Indonesia, several strong community organizations partnered together to teach students peace and tolerance. These small but strategic investments show how local peacebuilding efforts make the most significant impact on a community.
The international community has a responsibility to protect civilians. Programs that prevent violent conflict, avert mass atrocities, and protect civilians are basic building blocks for lasting peace and security. We craft and implement an advocacy agenda that supports the structures and resources necessary to help prevent violence and help save lives and money.
Congress and the President often prioritize militarized responses to violent extremism without considering their track record. Military aid programs – one of these militarized responses – are numerous and growing. FCNL is challenging this approach and proposing non-violent, grassroots alternatives that address the root causes of violent extremism.
Burundi: The community of Quaker peacebuilders in Africa is mobilizing again to support peaceful elections in Burundi in 2015 with elections monitoring and response mechanisms.
Nigeria: A robust network of local and international peacebuilders are working to ensure meaningful interaction between opposing factions to mitigate distrust and violence.
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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."