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Jul 28, 2016

Join Me to Lobby for Sentencing Reform

Advocacy with members of Congress this November and December will be critical if sentencing reform is to pass this year.

Jul 28, 2016

Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar: The Need for a Diplomatic Response

Ongoing ethnic tensions in Myanmar (also known as Burma) threaten the stability of one of the world’s youngest democracies and leave an internationally recognized humanitarian crisis untended. The targeting of the Rohingya people, often referred to as the most persecuted minority in the world, by Buddhist nationalists has led to a massive refugee crises and rampant human rights abuses. Resolute diplomatic action by the United States is needed to address inter-ethnic violence and protect vulnerable populations in Myanmar.

Jul 26, 2016

71 Years Later, Still Living with a Nuclear Threat

On Saturday, August 6, we mark 71 years since the U.S. detonated the first of two nuclear bombs in Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima and of Nagasaki on August 9 killed 200,000 people, mostly civilians.The threat of nuclear war is still alive today. As this anniversary approaches, please write a letter to the editor urging your members of Congress to take steps to shrink the U.S. arsenal and decrease the chances of another Hiroshima.

Jul 22, 2016

Let's Talk about Fear

Fear is a true emotion that we all feel at one time or another. Indeed, fear can tie us up and lead to despair. And we see the response to fear play out on a personal and national level.

Jul 22, 2016

Ask The Candidates: Nuclear Disarmament

In the popular imagination, nuclear threats come in the form of bombs exchanged by nuclear weapons states. Intelligence agencies and national security experts are much more focused on the threat of a few pounds of nuclear material falling into the hands of a violent, non-state group like ISIS.

Jul 21, 2016

Senators Urge Obama to Take Action on Nuclear Weapons

Ten senators urge President Obama to cancel the nuclear cruise missile, declare a no first use policy and cancel launch-on-warning plans.

Jul 19, 2016

Bipartisan Action on Climate Change is Growing

In the past year, following Rep. Chris Gibson’s (R, NY-19) introduction of H. Res. 424, the Republican resolution on climate change, the political will to address climate change in a bipartisan fashion in Congress has steadily grown.

Jul 15, 2016

Ruth Flower to Receive Human Needs Hero Award

FCNL's longtime Associate Executive Secretary for Legislative Program is being honored by the Coalition for Human Needs with the "Oscar for Advocacy" — the Human Needs Hero award. Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, is also being honored.

Jul 14, 2016

One Year Later, Still A Good (Iran) Deal

On July 14, 2015, world leaders reached a breakthrough nuclear deal with Iran. Already, that deal is making the world safer. Yet Congress is considering new sanctions that could put the deal in danger and set us back down the path to escalation and war.

Jul 13, 2016

[Video] The Iran Nuclear Deal: One Year Later

One year after the Iran nuclear deal, FCNL's Middle East lobbyist Kate Gould joined Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council on a webinar hosted by Women's Action for New Directions to discuss the challenges and successes of the deal's implementation.

Jul 12, 2016

"America made a momentous decision:" Rep. Lloyd Doggett on the Iran Deal

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX) spoke on the House floor in July in support of the historic U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

Jul 11, 2016

Gun Violence Organization Sign on Letter

As leaders of faith communities from across the United States we are deeply concerned about the lack of progress by the United States Congress in addressing the epidemic of gun violence.

Jul 11, 2016

Kate Gould and Yasmine Taeb Speak at Netroots Nation

FCNL lobbyists Kate Gould and Yasmine Taeb spoke on July 16, 2016 on "Ending the Endless War and Advancing a Progressive Global Vision" at the annual progressive conference Netroots Nation, held in St. Louis, MO. Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL) joined them on the panel.

Jul 9, 2016

This Week in the World: July 9

It is not a contradiction to mourn the lives of the police officers who were killed, and to acknowledge that police departments are too often the perpetrators of the violence they're intended to stop.

Jul 8, 2016

Equity and Justice -- for All

We seek a society with equity and justice for all...On any given day, I am outraged and saddened by the violence of injustice in the world. Yesterday it was Philando Castile and the day before that it was Alton Sterling.

Jul 8, 2016

Systems of Oppression and Sentencing Reform

For more than 40 years, our country has been channeling more and more people, predominantly people of color, into the criminal justice system. Congress can do something this year to start reversing that trend.

Jul 7, 2016

Working for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: An Inside Look

We talk to FCNL’s David Culp, one of four registered lobbyists on Capitol Hill working for nuclear disarmament. His work over the last 25 years has led to the cancellation f four weapons programs, ratification of two arms control treaties, and significant increases in nonproliferation budgets.

Jul 6, 2016

A New Nuclear Arms Race?

The U.S. nuclear arsenal is reaching the end of its lifespan. Will the U.S. spend the money required to upgrade and modernize these weapons, or will it use this opportunity to speed up disarmament?

Jul 6, 2016

The Real Nuclear Threat: A Dirty Bomb

In the popular imagination, nuclear threats come in the form of bombs exchanged by nuclear weapons states. Intelligence agencies and national security experts are much more focused on the threat of a few pounds of nuclear material falling into the hands of a violent, non-state group like ISIS.

Jul 6, 2016

Nuclear Weapons: Progress but an Unfinished Agenda

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May, the first by a sitting U.S. president, caps an administration that put nuclear disarmament back on the national agenda. Yet the Obama administration's record on nuclear weapons is decidedly mixed. This article looks at what's been achieved and what's left to do.

Jul 6, 2016

FCNL Joins Over 150 Organizations Opposing Detrimental Immigration Bills

158 immigrant, civil rights, faith-based, and labor organizations urged opposition to legislation that jeopardizes public safety, erodes the goodwill forged between local police and its residents, and perpetuates the criminalization of immigrant communities.

Jul 5, 2016

FCNL Joins Coalition on Human Needs Letter Opposing Anti-Sanctuary Bill

FCNL joined a broad spectrum of housing, community development, faith-based and other human needs organizations urging opposition to a misguided proposal that would have punished communities that have immigrant “sanctuary” laws and policies in place by stripping them of federal funding essential for community development.

Jul 3, 2016

Rays of Light on Capitol Hill

Congress makes headlines these days more for inaction and partisanship than progress on peace and justice issues. Yet from FCNL's perspective on Capitol Hill, we are seeing rays of light and signs of progress.

Jul 1, 2016

Finding Climate Hope in New Orleans

Sixty young leaders from across the United States and Canada, gathered by GreenFaith, came together in New Orleans for a multi-religious climate convergence.

Jun 30, 2016

NDAA: Right/Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions

Right/Left groups sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging fiscally conservative positions for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act.

Jun 29, 2016

Smart Security

Investing in peacebuilding is a cost-effective and proven strategy to de-escalate violence and build sustainable peace.

Jun 29, 2016

More on Immigration

Jun 27, 2016

Progress in Ending Mass Incarceration

Sentencing Reform is seeing progress in Congress. We continue to lobby for more progress!

Jun 27, 2016

Ending war in Colombia: – #DiplomacyWorks

One of the longest running civil wars on the planet may finally be coming to an end after the Colombian government signed a ceasefire agreement with rebel leaders on Wednesday. This monumental agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by the acronym FARC, marks the success of diplomacy in ending a conflict that has persisted for half a century.

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.

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