What's New

Feb 12, 2016

Greener Pastures in the President's Budget

At FCNL, we seek to protect vulnerable communities and God’s Creation from climate change and environmental degradation. We believe that President Obama’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 is a very strong step towards achieving these goals.

Feb 12, 2016

#Pivot2Peace: Prevent Genocide and Atrocities

Sen. Cardin (D-MD) joined by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and fourteen other senators introduced the bi-partisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016 (S.2551). This bill would focus the U.S. government at the highest levels on effective early prevention of violent conflict as an alternative to the often ineffective late military intervention.

Feb 11, 2016

Six Reasons to Support the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Senators should co-sponsor and support the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act.

Feb 11, 2016

Faith Groups to Congress: "You Have Choices"

Whether our message is about health care for people who have none, food assistance for hungry people, decent housing for people without homes, or schools and training to help build a future -- there's never "enough money." And yet the Pentagon always "needs" and gets more money. We believe Congress has choices -- so that's what we're writing about this year.

Feb 10, 2016

The President’s Budget First Take: What We Like, What We Want to Change

We were delighted to see that the budget President Barack Obama sent to Congress Tuesday included programs that would lift half a million people out of poverty, reduce child hunger and provide funding to begin to address the impacts of harmful climate change on the world. But there’s so much more we could do as a nation to address climate change, protect our national security and meet the needs of all of our country if Congress rejected the president’s proposals to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the Pentagon.

Feb 10, 2016

Friends Committee Welcomes Bill to Prevent Genocide and Atrocities

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes introduction of legislation that would focus the U.S. government at the highest levels on effective early prevention of violent conflict as an alternative to the often ineffective late military intervention that has become a hallmark of U.S. policy.

Feb 9, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The proposed 2017 fiscal year budget request came out on February 9th with nuclear weapons being an unnecessary part of the budget. Weapons funding increased for the most part. Nonproliferation funding was significantly reduced.

Feb 9, 2016

Nobody Gets a "Get-Out-of-Jail-Free" Card

Will the sentencing reform bills let a lot of "dangerous criminals" out of prison and onto our streets, as some campaigners claim? Wrong. Nobody gets out automatically. Some people in prison might qualify to have their cases reviewed and some people arrested for drug related crimes might face a shorter minimum sentence -- "only" 25 years instead of "life", or 15 instead of 20.

Feb 9, 2016

North Korean Satellite Launch

North Korea launched a satellite in February 2016, which created tension among South Korea and China. South Korea has begun talks with the United States about a missile defense system (THAAD). China believes this will create more regional instability.

Feb 9, 2016

Build Support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

This year, Congress could actually take positive steps on mass incarceration -- but we need your help. New legislation, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. But in an election year this legislation will not be approved unless members of Congress hear from their constituents.

Feb 9, 2016

Build Support for the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

FCNL and other organizations committed to atrocities prevention are supporting the Genocide and Atrocities Prevent Act. But your senators need to hear straight from the people who matter most: you, their constituents.

Feb 8, 2016

Ladder of Engagement

No matter where you are on this ladder, you can be an effective part of advocacy for peace and justice – and FCNL is here to help.

Feb 8, 2016

Sentencing Reform Toolkit

This year, Congress could actually take positive steps on mass incarceration -- but we need your help. New legislation, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. But in an election year this legislation will not be approved unless members of Congress hear from their constituents.

Feb 8, 2016

Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Toolkit

With coordination, flexibility, and training, the U.S. can help people threatened by violence before the killing starts -- and help prevent wars before they start.

Feb 8, 2016

Translating Principles into Dollars

While reasonable people may differ on the budget, our positions on the budget are deeply grounded in our values — how we believe the government can do the most good and the least harm.

Feb 7, 2016

This Week in the World: February 7

A special hello to all of you in Iowa -- including those of you who participated in this week's historically close Democratic and expectation-shaping Republican caucuses.

Feb 5, 2016

Invitation: Conference Call on Incarceration with the White House

Time is running out for sentencing reform. As election season heats up, there are only a few months left to help the people, families, and communities affected by excessive and costly prison sentences.

Feb 5, 2016

Urgent: Senate Vote on Flint Water Crisis

In Flint, Michigan, the water crisis is far from over — and Congress needs to help. The Senate is about to vote on a measure that would provide emergency funding to protect and rebuild Flint, but this vote will be close.

Feb 4, 2016

Building Relationships: Advocacy Teams

Advocacy Teams give groups of people in cities and towns across the country a chance to connect with others in their communities the opportunity to learn from and engage with experts, and the guidance of FCNL staff. Advocacy Team members commit to building a relationship with their team, their members of Congress, and FCNL for the long term.

Feb 4, 2016

Writing Effective Emails to Congress

Email is just one component of an effective strategy. One email, by itself, may not lead my member to act — but when that email is part of a mix that includes other messages, lobby visits, letters to the editor, and social media mentions, its impact is multiplied.

Feb 4, 2016

Building Relationships: Advocacy Corps

As part of the Advocacy Corps, organizers take the lead in their communities. Many of them work with both student and community groups to build a base for advocacy.

Feb 4, 2016

Building Relationships with Congress

Building a relationship with your members of Congress doesn’t mean you have to like them or even agree with them. It does take a commitment to listening, engaging, sharing your point of view, asking them to listen to you — and repeating these steps again and again.

Feb 4, 2016

Your Advocacy Influences Congress

Whether you share your position with your members of Congress through direct conversations, phone calls, letters to the editor, emails, questions at town hall meetings, or social media, the most important thing is that you share your opinion effectively. This newsletter offers practical advice on engaging respectfully, clearly, and personally.

Feb 4, 2016

Coming to Your Community: FCNL on the Road!

We are excited to meet the wonderful activists who make up FCNL’s vast network at our capital campaign events around the country. We are grateful to the FCNL supporters in each location who are assisting us in organizing these events.

Feb 4, 2016

A Quaker Welcome Center

With campaign support, FCNL will bring this vision for a new Quaker Welcome Center to life. The townhouse next door to FCNL’s office will become a space to gather in community, teach, and listen.

Feb 4, 2016

The Friend in Washington Program

Through the support of the capital campaign, FCNL has revived this historic program, which brings seasoned Friends to Washington, DC, to lend their expertise on issues of importance to the FCNL community.

Feb 4, 2016

Supporting the Next Generation of Advocates

The first time Ellen Short lobbied, she describes being “terrified.” Her political science professor, Michael Snarr, had convinced her to come to FCNL’s Spring Lobby Weekend, but the Wilmington College student didn’t see herself as an activist type.

Feb 4, 2016

Sustaining FCNL's Lobbying

Last summer, FCNL’s network seized on the historic opportunity to advance peaceful, cooperative foreign policy presented by the nuclear deal with Iran. In just two months, Advocacy Teams —citizen activists trained and supported by FCNL—made more than 80 lobby visits and published more than 30 letters to the editor, urging U.S. leaders to support the deal.

Feb 4, 2016

Now Is the Time: A Message from the Executive Secretary

This year marks a significant milestone in the life of FCNL’s capital campaign, “The World We Seek: Now Is the Time.” We are excited you are part of it.

Feb 4, 2016

FCNL Written Statement for House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Central American Migration

FCNL's written statement for the record for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, pertaining to its February 4 hearing: Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants along the Southwest Border: Is this the Obama Administration’s New Normal?

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