A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
The United Nations will convene Geneva II peace talks in January, providing another opportunity for diplomacy to defuse violent conflict in Syria. Although Iran has signaled its readiness to participate, the U.S. has set unrealistic preconditions for its participation. For a durable solution to the conflict, Iran and all major actors must be included in the negotiations.
Quakers from around the country have approved minutes, sent letters to Congress and the administration, and held vigils and demonstrations against war with Syria. This bold witness for peace is part of "making love the first motion."
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FCNL's Kate Gould teams up with Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, to urge Congress not to thwart the groundbreaking P5+1 interim deal with Iran.
FCNL's Kate Gould teams up with Ghada Mukdad, a Syrian women's rights and peace activist, to get out the word that reaching a political settlement requires all parties involved in the Syrian conflict - including Iran - to play a part in a negotiated solution.
Just as newly elected Iranian President Dr. Rouhani said, "we consider war a weakness", so must the United States turn away from international aggression and look to a diplomatic settlement to the Syrian crisis that includes Iran.
FCNL constituents are successfully making their voices heard by publishing letters to the editor in newspapers all around the country. Check out what they are saying.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
We support active non-violent responses to prevent or transform violent conflict at all levels.
The cycles of violence perpetuated by acts of terror and the armed overthrow of governments serve as warning against the use of force, while the examples of nonviolent movements for change provide concrete alternatives.
No war is justified.