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May 27, 2016

5 Reasons Why President Obama’s Newest Executive Order Will Work

Right now, it might feel like you can’t turn on the news without seeing coverage of atrocities taking place across the globe. The ongoing violence in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere demands urgent attention, and calls on us to answer the question of what more can be done to protect civilians at risk.

May 27, 2016

President Obama Speaks at Hiroshima: Speech Excerpts

Speaking at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, President Obama called for nuclear disarmament, saying, "Among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them.”

May 26, 2016

President Obama Visits Hiroshima

President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on May 27. Find out more and take action to support the visit.

May 26, 2016

Hiroshima Visit a Chance for Peace

In advance of President Obama's visit to Hiroshima, FCNL worked with our community to publish several op-eds reflecting on the visit's significance and urging renewed action.

May 25, 2016

Don't Break the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

18 groups signed onto a letter to the Senate urging Senators to oppose authorizing funds for the Pentagon and related agencies above the amount agreed to in the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA). There should not be an increase of $17 billion in Pentagon spending.

May 25, 2016

FCNL Statement in Opposition to Administration’s Continued Deportation Raids

In mid-May, the administration reiterated the use of raids throughout May and June targeting new border crossers and “criminals”. This follows a set of raids announced in December, conducted in January through March of this year. The Friends Committee on National Legislation urges the administration to halt these raids and dangerous deportations.

May 24, 2016

FCNL supports Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia

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.

May 24, 2016

FCNL Supports Days of Prayer and Action for Peace in Colombia

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.

May 24, 2016

Don’t Improve Nuclear Weapons; Get Rid of Them

Nuclear weapons do not need to be modernized or replaced. These weapons do not provide safety for the nation or the world. They are a Cold War relic and should be phased out. The new nuclear cruise missile is one weapon that is particularly destabilizing.

May 22, 2016

Native American Legislative Update: May 2016

See legislative updates on Indian schools, education, health, housing, and justice issues.

May 20, 2016

Support the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund is an exciting new initiative to help people and communities around the world deal with the effects of climate change. Already, the fund is helping ensure access to clean drinking water, develop solar power, and improve infrastructure to keep people safe when extreme weather hits.

May 19, 2016

FCNL Supports Executive Order on Genocide and Atrocities

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.

May 19, 2016

Trade for well-being, not just for profit

FCNL joined over 1,500 other faith, environment, labor, public health, and citizen organizations in sending a letter to Congress on January 7th expressing opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

May 18, 2016

US Religious Leaders to President Obama on Nuclear Disarmament

Over fifty religious leaders from across the United States including the three Roman Catholic Bishops in New Mexico, where at the Trinity Site in the Tularosa Basin the first denotation of an atomic bomb took place on July 16, 1945, have signed a letter to President Obama urging him to keep his promise to advance international nuclear disarmament before he leaves office.

May 18, 2016

Faith Groups Urge Funding for Key Native American Programs

Faith groups joined together to urge Congress to provide full funding for Bureau of Indian Education schools, Indian Health Service hospitals and clinics, and tribal justice programs.

May 18, 2016

NDAA OCO amendment

FCNL along with other organizations are in strong support of the bi-partisan Mulvaney/Van Hollen/Sanford/Lee amendment to H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. This amendment, if passed, would help put us on the path to better fiscal discipline which is important to each of our organizations representing citizens on both the right and the left.

May 18, 2016

About the Green Climate Fund

Climate change isn’t coming; it’s already here. Yet the people and nations feeling its effects most acutely have contributed to it the least, including small farmers and fishers, residents of island nations, and those who live closest to the land. The Green Climate Fund will help meet climate change mitigation and adaptation goals.

May 18, 2016

A Deep Dive into the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is an independent multilateral climate fund established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the end of 2011.

May 18, 2016

House NDAA amendments for FY2017

These are the NDAA amendments that are currently ruled in order that the Friends Committee on National Legislation supports or opposes.

May 17, 2016

Teaching Tolerance in Indonesian Schools

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.

May 17, 2016

What We're Reading: "Do Not Resist" and the Crisis of Police Militarization

An amazing piece by The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins reports on an award-winning documentary showing the continued problems of police militarization in the U.S.

May 16, 2016

Kate Gould Quoted in CQ Article on Military Aid to Egypt

“It’s certainly a damning report exposing how the Egyptian military forces are being given a free pass to not have to comply fully with a lot of these investigations,” said Kate Gould, legislative representative for Middle East policy at the Quaker group Friends Committee on National Legislation.

May 13, 2016

Reject the 2001 AUMF as Justification for New War in Iraq and Syria

The Friends Committee on National Legislation urges Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) before even considering a new authorization against the Islamic State.

May 13, 2016

Peacebuilding in Action

In this blog series, Peacebuilding in Action, FCNL's Julia Watson discusses successful peacebuilding and violence prevention programs that the United States government has supported through the U.S. Agency for International Development and Department of State.

May 12, 2016

Nonproliferation Win

On May 12 the Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed the Senate floor with a 90-8 vote. In the bill there are increases to the nonproliferation budget that FCNL and partner organizations lobbied to increase. These increases will increase nuclear security and decrease the possibility of nuclear proliferation.

May 11, 2016

Community Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution in Guinea’s Forest Region

The development of credible mechanisms for community dialogue to prevent conflict and promote reconciliation in Guinea's Forest Region demonstrate how peacebuilding is a powerful force for the reduction and mitigation of violence in a fragile state, even in the midst of an additional health crisis.

May 11, 2016

FCNL Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Religious Freedom Bill

On May 11, 2016, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act, a bipartisan bill that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit denying admission to the United States based on an individual’s religion.

May 11, 2016

President Obama to Visit Hiroshima: Why It Matters

With the announcement that President Obama will visit Hiroshima on May 27, we asked our nuclear weapons lobbyist David Culp why it's important.

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