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May 5, 2016

Faith Leaders Hail Progress on Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Package, Urge Senate Leadership for May Vote

FCNL joins with a diverse coalition of 59 faith organizations to endorse the newly revised Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

May 5, 2016

FCNL Supports Letter Calling for Special Envoy for Palestinian Children

Representative Betty Mccollum (MN) is leading a letter in the House calling on President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian children, in response to reports of widespread mistreatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention. FCNL supports the letter and urges members of Congress to sign on before it closes on May 20, 2016.

May 4, 2016

Addressing Water Security to Prevent Conflict in Northern Jordan

Peacebuilding efforts in Northern Jordan show how addressing water insecurity served as an opportunity to bring communities together, improve governance, and build resiliency to external shocks.

May 4, 2016

Love Thy Neighbor

What does it mean to love our neighbors now? One part of the equation is to show love to those who are the targets of fear and suspicion. Many of you are involved in this kind of work, personally and politically. FCNL is as well, in lobbying for systemic change.

May 4, 2016

Good News for Atrocities Prevention; More to Do

Good news! Late last week, the Senate agreed to keep the Atrocities Prevention Board working through 2017. The board is the linchpin of U.S. efforts to help stop violence before it erupts. It’s exciting that the Senate recognizes how important it is to keep going into next year -- but Congress still needs to vote to make it permanent.

May 3, 2016

17 Christian Groups: US Should Negotiate Middle East Arms Embargo

FCNL recently joined with 16 other Christian organizations on a letter to Congress in support the U.S. negotiating an arms embargo in the Middle East

Apr 29, 2016

Closing Reflections on Activism & Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

Voices of dedicated citizens have long been important in mobilizing the U.S. government to prioritize the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. This spring alone, we tracked that over 43,000 messages into Senate offices urging support for genocide and atrocities prevention.

Apr 29, 2016

FCNL Joins Int'l Campaign: Press for Syria Ceasefire

Responding to the recent bombing of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in Aleppo, Syria, FCNL joined more than 80 groups from around the world calling on President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin immediately use their personal diplomatic leverage to revive the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement.

Apr 28, 2016

FCNL Urges Congress to Oppose Efforts to Block U.S. Purchases of Iran’s Heavy Water

Update: On April 27, the Senate voted to block the Cotton amendment on Iran from moving forward. See how your senator voted here

Apr 28, 2016

A Vote for Sentencing Reform

Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and senators on both sides of the aisle announced major steps forward for sentencing reform -- four new cosponsors, and new compromises to ensure broad bipartisan support.

Apr 26, 2016

How the U.S. Can Influence Israeli-Palestinian Peace

There are no quick fixes; however, there are steps that can help move towards peace. The U.S.’s close relationship with Israel and influence in the region mean that our government can make a difference in the lives of Palestinians and Israelis and help pave the way for a just and peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Apr 26, 2016

Life Under the Blockade

While U.S. mainstream media reports focus on Israel-Palestine primarily when violence breaks out, visiting the region offers a fuller picture. As FCNL advances policy proposals in the U.S. to mitigate and address the conflict, we want to listen to the people most affected so we can reflect that experience back to U.S. policymakers.

Apr 26, 2016

What about Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions?

Some Quaker organizations have become involved in the BDS movement, and BDS has become a topic of growing concern in Quaker meetings and churches. FCNL has not taken a position on the BDS movement and its associated consumer and shareholder advocacy campaigns.

Apr 26, 2016

Gaza Is About to Run Out of Water. The U.S. Can Help.

A human-created catastrophe is brewing. In Gaza, home to 1.8 million people in an area about the size of Detroit, the only local source of groundwater will be completely contaminated by the end of this year.

Apr 26, 2016

Opening the Door to Peace in Israel-Palestine

The hypermilitarized U.S. approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to change. Unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel — making up 20 percent of Israel's military budget — is part of the problem. So is the fact that U.S. policymakers too often view the security of Israelis and Palestinians as a zero-sum game, rather than focusing on the ways their security is interlinked. Israel’s nearly half-century military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip endangers the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis.

Apr 26, 2016

Marking the Success of New Atrocities Prevention Tools: Central African Republic

Central African Republic is a contemporary case of atrocities prevention and response, which highlights how new U.S. government tools are helping to better support an end to violence against civilians.

Apr 26, 2016

Remembering Guatemala's Genocide

We cannot count on justice for the perpetrators of atrocities, nor can we bring back the people who lost their lives. We must focus instead on preventing atrocities in the first place -- and ensuring that the U.S. does not contribute to more violence.

Apr 21, 2016

Cambodia: Preventing genocide was not an option

Failure to prevent mass killings of innocent civilians is an ever present stain on our collective conscience. Too often competing interests of national security or geopolitics take precedence over human life and our responsibility to prevent is too often sidelined.

Apr 20, 2016

Native American Legislative Update: April 2016

See the April Legislative Update with news about Healing to Wellness Courts, education proposals, funding to replace BIE schools, a salute to Chief Joe Medicine Crow, and more.

Apr 20, 2016

27 Members of Congress Oppose Sending MANPADs to Syria

FCNL supports the bipartisan letter signed by 27 Members of Congress calling on President Obama to maintain his policy of refusing to transfer anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADs) to Syria combatants.

Apr 19, 2016

Coalition Cuts Letter on Pentagon Spending

FCNL signed a letter supporting cuts to the Pentagon's budget along with 17 groups from the right and the left. The letter includes alternatives to spending, cuts to wasteful equipment, and cuts to the nuclear arsenal. If these changes were adopted there would be a total of $38.6 billion in savings.

Apr 19, 2016

FCNL Written Statement for House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Immigration Policies

FCNL's written statement for the record for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, pertaining to its April 19 subcommittee hearing: "The Real Victims of a Reckless and Lawless Immigration Policy".

Apr 18, 2016

Healing the Heart of Democracy and Moving Forward on Climate Disruption

This election cycle, I’ve been reflecting on the words of the Quaker author and speaker Parker Palmer. In his work Healing the Heart of Democracy, Palmer seeks to address our nation’s partisan political impasse, arguing that we must embrace “political tension in a way that opens our hearts to each other, no matter how deep our differences.”

Apr 14, 2016

Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, sadly, in large part because so many anniversaries of atrocities fall during it. It is an opportunity to remember all those who have lost their lives to genocide and mass atrocities, to lift up those who face atrocities today, and to take action to ensure the U.S. government does everything in its power to prevent violent conflict now and in the future.

Apr 14, 2016

Lessons from Bosnia and a Vision for Peace

In 2014, I visited the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial and Cemetery for the Victims of the 1995 Genocide. There I saw rows upon rows of tall white gravestones, marking the resting places of over 6,000 of estimated 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys from the town of Srebrenica who were rounded up and killed by Bosnian Serb forces. As I walked around, I could not help but become overwhelmed with emotion, and mourn those who were senselessly killed.

Apr 13, 2016

Open Letter from 27 Faith Organizations Expressing Support to Protect Base and OCO Levels for FY2017 SFOPs Bill

Dear Chairs and Ranking Members: We are national faith communities and faith-based organizations committed to saving lives and advancing the dignity of vulnerable and marginalized persons and communities across the world. We support U.S. investments in international humanitarian and poverty-focused assistance and peacebuilding programs that alleviate suffering from hunger, extreme poverty, debilitating illness, complex emergencies and violent conflict.

Apr 12, 2016

Six Steps to Build Faith in Democracy

Here are six steps the federal government could take to restore trust in the political process. Please encourage your members of Congress to support them.

Apr 12, 2016

Money in Politics: What's FCNL Doing About It?

We’re starting to see that the undue influence of money in politics might be a symptom, not the disease itself. We’re thinking more broadly, and it’s opening up possibilities for action. The problem is the fundamental disconnect many of us feel between us and the representatives we elect. How can we take back politics, build integrity, and restore faith in democracy?

Apr 11, 2016

Remembering Guatemala's Genocide

A few years ago, I traveled to Guatemala where I visited the community of Panabaj, a small Mayan village on the shores of Lake Atitlan. I was working for a humanitarian NGO that was carrying out a relief project in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan. I was surprised to find that this tiny village was the site of a 1990 massacre of 13 villagers carried out by the Guatemalan military and it is now part of a “military free zone.” Due to popular outcry after the killing, the Guatemalan military was forced to vacate the area and the municipality, where Panabaj is located, was declared to be a military free zone. The military can never enter or set up base in this community.

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