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May 4, 2015

FCNL Opposes OCO Slush Fund

FCNL, along with 23 other organizations, object to the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account as a slush fund for defense spending.

May 4, 2015

Supporting Rep. Quigley's Amendment on Nuclear Weapons

FCNL supports Rep. Quigley's amendment to reduce funding for the Long Range Standoff Option (LRSO), a new nuclear cruise missile.

Alicia McBride

Apr 30, 2015

[Video] Climate Change Isn't Coming

This short video, part of the QuakerSpeak project, features attenders of FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend talking about why they're acting on climate change.

Job Opening: Contract Grants Writer

Apr 29, 2015

Job Opening: Contract Grants Writer

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking a grants writer who will research and identify potential funding sources and submit proposals and reports in support of the organization’s non-partisan, multi-issue advocacy that unites Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity and truth with peace and social justice issues.

Over 2,000 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track

Apr 28, 2015

Over 2,000 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track

Over 2,000 groups urge Congress to oppose the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill formally dubbed “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.”

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

Apr 28, 2015

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

This piece was originally written in response to the tragic killings of two police officers in New York. In the wake of the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police, and the resulting violence in protest, the call for peace and justice is again relevant.

Compassion and Common Sense in El Paso

Apr 27, 2015

Compassion and Common Sense in El Paso

My journey to El Paso renewed my faith in fellow human beings who see suffering and act to ease the pain, who see practical needs, and move to meet them.

Religions Leaders to Congress: End Cuba Embargo

Apr 27, 2015

Religions Leaders to Congress: End Cuba Embargo

For many decades, U.S. and Cuban churches have worked with one another toward common goals. Our relationships have been strengthened as religious freedom in Cuba has improved and church membership has grown.

Steps Forward on Energy Efficiency

Apr 24, 2015

Steps Forward on Energy Efficiency

Congress took a step forward on energy efficiency by passing a slimmed down version of the Portman-Shaheen energy efficiency bill. We're still working for a more comprehensive bill that includes updates to building standards.

Annual Meeting & Quaker Lobby Day 2015

Apr 23, 2015

Annual Meeting & Quaker Lobby Day 2015

Join us as we continue our Quaker witness and lobby to build a pathway to peace. Mark your calendars for FCNL's 2015 Annual Meeting and Quaker Lobby Day, November 12-15, 2015.

The Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay: A Dark Chapter

Apr 23, 2015

The Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay: A Dark Chapter

Despite President Obama’s continued promise to close the detention facility, thirteen years later, 122 detainees remain at Gitmo. 57 of these detainees—nearly half—were cleared for release five years ago, yet they remain trapped in what has been accurately deemed “the warehouse of the forgotten.”

Apr 22, 2015

Conference Call Survey

Returning Home After Incarceration

Apr 22, 2015

Returning Home After Incarceration

The theme of EAD this year was Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation. Among many of the workshops and panels organized by FCNL, was one Tila Neguse moderated on returning home after incarceration.

Emily Wirzba

Apr 22, 2015

Finding Earth Day Inspiration in the Forest

Though at times I get discouraged at the lack of Congressional action in the face of such a monumental problem, on this Earth Day, I need only to rest a while in the beauty of God’s Creation, and I will be reminded why I must never give up working for the restored earth that I seek.

FCNL Signs On: Urging For An End to Mass Surveillance

Apr 21, 2015

FCNL Signs On: Urging For An End to Mass Surveillance

FCNL recently signed onto a letter with 60 other civil liberties organizations urging members of Congress to end mass surveillance of Americans.

Understanding the PATRIOT Act

Apr 20, 2015

Understanding the PATRIOT Act

Fourteen years after its introduction, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is up for reauthorization. Here's what you need to know about this dangerous piece of legislation before June 1st.

By Remembering Oklahoma City, We Can Make a Change

Apr 19, 2015

By Remembering Oklahoma City, We Can Make a Change

April 19, 1995 is another one of those vivid days in my memory – on par with September 11, 2001. This was the day, twenty years ago, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed killing 168 people including 19 children.

Emily Wirzba

Apr 17, 2015

Massive Fast Track Bill Introduced

On Thursday, April 16th, Senator Hatch (R-UT), Senator Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Ryan (R-WI) introduced Fast Track legislation, which makes it easier to ram through Congress secret free trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Re: Oppose S. 165/H.R. 401 Barring Transfers out of Guantanamo

Apr 16, 2015

Re: Oppose S. 165/H.R. 401 Barring Transfers out of Guantanamo

FCNL recently signed onto a letter urging Senators to oppose S. 165, a bill that would impose an effective two year ban on all transfers out of Guantanamo.

Kate Gould

Apr 16, 2015

Game On: Beyond the Corker Iran Bill

I've gotten lots of calls and messages from many of you asking me FCNL's position on the new version of the Corker bill on Iran after it passed unanimously in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

Kate Gould

Apr 16, 2015

Decision Time on Iran Diplomacy

Your representative is about to decide whether to join a group speaking out for diplomacy with Iran.

Faith leaders alarmed by potential consequences of

Apr 16, 2015

Faith leaders alarmed by potential consequences of "Fast Track" bill, urge Congress to vote no

A number of faith leaders representing religious communions, denominations, and organizations across the country spoke out today to voice their concern about the newly released Fast Track bill.

Mass Incarceration: Unjust and Costly

Apr 16, 2015

Mass Incarceration: Unjust and Costly

Mandatory minimum sentences—laws that require binding prison terms for certain crimes—are a big part of why so many people are behind bars in the U.S. today. The good news is that members of Congress are now recognizing the problem.

Apr 16, 2015

Schakowsky-Doggett-Price Pro-Diplomacy Letter

150 reps sign pro-diplomacy letter on Iran led by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL), Lloyd Doggett (TX), and David Price (NC).

Five Ways YOU Can Advocate for Refugees at the Border

Apr 15, 2015

Five Ways YOU Can Advocate for Refugees at the Border

There are children and families in crisis at our southern border. It is difficult to imagine that a child alone or a woman travelling with children would undertake this perilous journey unless the dangers left behind were even more severe. Read about five things that you can do to advocate for and assist these children and families.

Mass Incarceration: Congress Can Make a Difference Now

Apr 14, 2015

Mass Incarceration: Congress Can Make a Difference Now

Congress could act this year. Here are some of the proposals being considered to address mass incarceration.

Change at Home

Apr 14, 2015

Change at Home

Reforming the criminal justice system means changing state as well as federal laws. While FCNL focuses on federal legislation, we take inspiration and hope from the work many are doing in their own states.

Mass Incarceration: Long-Term Effects

Apr 14, 2015

Mass Incarceration: Long-Term Effects

Ending mass incarceration means working to close the front door of prisons, preventing nonviolent offenders from being incarcerated in the first place. It also means opening doors for people after release.

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