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Jun 29, 2016

More on Immigration

Jun 24, 2016

Living in Limbo: Supreme Court Immigration Decision

Every day, parents are torn from their children and young adults are deported to foreign countries unknown to them. Every day, families with mixed immigration status live with fear and anxiety of separation by deportation or detention. Today, millions of undocumented immigrants and their family members continue to live in limbo, rooted in their lives as Americans with no path towards legal status – temporary or permanent.

Jun 23, 2016

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Deplores the Supreme Court United States v. Texas Non-Decision, Calls for Congressional Action

The Friends Committee on National Legislation responds to the Supreme Court United States v. Texas Decision today which leaves millions of immigrant families in continued limbo. FCNL urges Congress to take action.

Jun 23, 2016

U.S. Civil Society Organizations Support Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombia

We welcome this historic step forward. At the same time, there are tremendous challenges ahead, including to launch successful negotiations with the last remaining major guerrilla group, the ELN; and to dismantle the paramilitary successor groups that continue intimidating and harming communities throughout Colombia. And the major challenge will be to build peace from the ground up, ensuring that the victims of violence have real access to truth, justice, reparations and the guarantee that the violent past will not return.

Jun 23, 2016

Blueprint on Preventing Mass Violence for the Next President

We are excited to announce the convening of a high-level Experts Committee on Preventing Mass Violence to review current United States government prevention efforts and make recommendations to the next President.

Jun 22, 2016

Congress has choices

FCNL wrote a letter to Congress expressing discontent with the proposal to increase Pentagon spending by $18 billion and further break parity with domestic spending. Other faith organizations signed onto the letter supporting an increase in EITC for individuals that would be overlooked otherwise.

Jun 21, 2016

4 Votes. 4 Failures. Keep Working.

All 4 of the Senate's votes on gun violence failed. That's unacceptable. Urge your senators to keep working, in response to the Orlando shooting and to keep the next shooting from happening.

Jun 20, 2016

Native American Legislative Update: June 2016

See the Legislative Update on the First Lady's visit to Santa Fe Indian School, progress on appropriations for Indian country, moving trust management to tribal governments, new "Promise Zones," and an Alaska village that needs to move upstream.

Jun 20, 2016

FCNL Applauds Lawmakers' Call for Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth

Today, 20 members of Congress, led by Representative Betty McCollum (MN), sent a letter to President Obama calling for the appointment of a Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth in response to reports of widespread mistreatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention. FCNL applauds Rep. McCollum and her 19 colleagues for taking what is arguably the strongest showing for Palestinian human rights from Congress.

Jun 18, 2016

This week in the world: June 18, 2016

A week like this is hard to summarize. Violence driven by fear and hate seems close to home. This week, we are called to act, and called to love.

Jun 16, 2016

Urgent - and Sustained - Action on Gun Violence

The presence of violence, and in the case of Orlando, hateful violence directed at the Latino LGBTQ community, is one of the sad realities our society faces. Yet this is a reality we are called to change. Events like the tragedy in Orlando should galvanize all of us to action. There are things we can do - today, this week, and this year - to move Congress to act on gun violence.

Jun 16, 2016

FCNL Joins Over 155 Organizations Urging Administration to Stop Raids and Other Enforcement Actions, Ensure Due Process

FCNL joined 155 other organizations urging the administration to cease ongoing raids and other enforcement actions against Central American families and youths. The letter cites numerous examples where due process was violated for families and youths picked up in the operations.

Jun 15, 2016

Native American Bills We're Watching in the 114th Congress

Read about legislation in the 114th Congress that affect Native Americans. Updated monthly.

Jun 15, 2016

Vote Yes on Gabbard Amendment 42 to Stop the Syria Train and Equip Program

Dear colleague from Rep. Gabbard: I am writing to ask for your support in stopping the failed Syrian Train and Equip program. The problems within this program undermine our fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria, and strengthen our enemy. These problems must be addressed. That is why I offered Amendment #42 to H.R. 5293, which would prohibit the Department of Defense (DOD) from using Fiscal Year 2017 funds to support the program.

Jun 15, 2016

Conyers-Ellison-Grijalva-Lieu-McGovern-Johnson-Lee Amendment Blocking Funds from Being Used to Transfer Cluster Munitions to Saudi Arabia

Dear Colleague letter from Rep. John Conyers on Cluster Munitions. Cluster bombs are munitions that open up mid-air to release tens or hundreds of bomblets which scatter over an area equivalent to several football fields, and pose an immediate threat to civilians as they disperse over a wide area and leave explosive remnants that become de facto landmines. Cluster munitions are prohibited by a 2008 treaty signed by 119 countries, though not Saudi Arabia or the US.

Jun 15, 2016

Immigration Bills We're Watching in the 114th Congress

Read about Immigration legislation in the 114th Congress that we are watching.

Jun 15, 2016

How Did Your Rep Vote on Endless War?

In mid-June, your representative got a chance to vote on cutting nuclear weapons, cluster bomb shipments to Saudi Arabia and authorizing war. Let them know what you think.

Jun 14, 2016

Rep. Quigley amendment on the LRSO on DoD appropriations bill

The Quigley, et al. amendment would return the LRSO to the FY 2015 schedule: providing $19.8 million for FY 2017. The resulting $75 million in savings would be moved to the deficit reduction account. We believe this is the better approach than the current acquisition plan for the new missile for several interrelated reasons: there is no need to rush procurement of the LRSO, the slower funding schedule allows for flexibility, and It is fiscally responsible to fund the LRSO at a slower pace.

Jun 14, 2016

The World Humanitarian Summit: We Need Action on Peacebuilding

The World Humanitarian Summit concluded that "humanitarian action cannot be a substitute for political action" in light of the widespread suffering facing the world today. Congress must heed the Summit's recommendations and prioritize and amplify U.S. peacebuilding efforts.

Jun 13, 2016

House Defense Appropriations for FY 2017

These are amendments to the FY 2017 House defense appropriations bill that the Friends Committee on National Legislation supports or opposes.

Jun 9, 2016

Victory! Senate Rejects More Money for Pentagon

Two weeks ago, we told you about a back-room deal that could give $17 billion more to the Pentagon -- and that would have kept the vote off the record. You stepped up, making hundreds of calls opposing the deal. Today, we won!

Jun 9, 2016

FCNL Joins Over 200 Faith-Based Organizations Urging Protected Status for Central Americans Seeking Refuge

FCNL joined over 200 faith-based organizations and over 400 faith leaders in asking the Administration to extend temporary protected status to individuals seeking refuge from violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America.

Jun 3, 2016

Five Ways to #LoveThyNeighbor

Urge Congress act to make #LoveThyNeighbor more than a hashtag.

Jun 3, 2016

How to End Poverty? The Answer Isn't Block Grants or Merged Funding Streams

On Tuesday June 7, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI) plans to release a broad plan to overhaul programs designed to address poverty. We expect this proposal to include a plan to combine core safety net programs into a grant given to the states. Called "merged funding streams" or "block grants," these are bad policies. Evidence shows they leave the most vulnerable people in the most dire straits.

Jun 2, 2016

Letter to Obama on Hiroshima

President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park. He reflected on the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. He voiced his vision for a world free of nuclear weapons, and the possibility of a peaceful world. While this was a momentous event, he should have made an action to reduce the United States' nuclear arsenal.

Jun 1, 2016

Failures in Yemen: Prioritizing Counterterrorism over Peacebuilding

The failure of the narrow U.S. counterterrorism objective in Yemen illustrates the need for a broader, longer-term strategy – that includes a focus on a political solution and peacebuilding efforts – to more effectively end the current conflict and prevent violence in the future.

May 31, 2016

FCNL Lobbyist Speaks Alongside Members of Congress and Advocates for Introduction of Religious Freedom Bill

FCNL joined Members of Congress, advocates, and faith leaders at a press conference on Capitol Hill for the introduction of H.R. 5207, the Freedom of Religion Act of 2016

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