A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
The horrific violence in Syria leads many to call for bombing. While that knee-jerk response may seem like the easiest solution, violence can only beget violence. A military campaign will not create lasting peace or deter further killing—that can only come from sustained diplomatic work.
Check out FCNL's recommendations to bolster humanitarian and diplomatic support to address the ongoing regional refugee crisis and Syrian humanitarian crisis at large.
Stories and Successes
On the third anniversary of conflict, people from around the world are showing every child, woman, and man caught in the conflict that we are with them, that we stand #WithSyria. Let's not let the people of Syria lose another year to bloodshed and suffering.
Lincoln Journal Star
Assad's sham elections will not change this basic reality: one day there will be some form of political accommodation that ends the horrific civil war in Syria. The question is how many Syrians will be slaughtered before that happens. The answer will depend not just on what happens within Syria, but principally on the external parties to the conflict to stop fanning the flames of Syria’s vicious proxy war and negotiate with geopolitical rivals.
FCNL's Kate Gould and Former Foreign Service Officer William Davnie urge Senators Klobuchar and Franken to support the diplomatic path with Iran by publicly opposing this new sanctions bill and urging their colleagues to do the same.
Big Picture Rumble
Kate Gould speaks with RT's Thom Hartmann about the Iranian nuclear deal and discusses the bipartisan group of Senators that are trying to sabotage it.
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.
Fact Sheets and Resources
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.