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
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 commends Senators Cardin and McCain for their introduction of the Global Human Rights Accountability Act, a piece of legislation to promote accountability for human rights violators and enhance U.S. efforts to prevent the perpetration of atrocities against innocent civilians.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) shares the concerns of this committee and the world community about the devastation that the Syrian civil war has wrought on the people of Syria and on the surrounding countries.
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."