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
As religious communities, leaders, and academics, we write to express our deep concern over the recent escalation of U.S. military action in Iraq. While the dire plight of Iraqi civilians should compel the international community to respond in some way, U.S. military action is not the answer.
Members of the Prevention and Protection Working Group express their deep concern about the ongoing loss of civilian lives in the Gaza crisis and urge that all policy decisions moving forward be made through an atrocities prevention lens that emphasizes the equal protection of civilians on all sides, focuses on building long-term peace and stability, and avoids actions that are likely to lead to further civilian deaths.
The Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund will “train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries on the front lines” of violent extremism. FCNL and 16 other faith and human rights groups express strong concerns about this program given the unresolved problems with past U.S. counterterror efforts.
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."