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11 Christian Orgs: Stop the Violence in Israel/Gaza

Jul 22, 2014

11 Christian Orgs: Stop the Violence in Israel/Gaza

40 U.S. churches and Christian organizations urge President Obama to take action to both stop the current violence and use U.S. influence and diplomatic weight to push for a just peace that will benefit all of the people of the region.

Still Questions on Counterterrorism Fund

Jul 21, 2014

Still Questions on Counterterrorism Fund

The Senate Appropriations Committee rightly raised some questions about the president’s request and reduced the Pentagon portion of the CTPF by more than half to $1.9-billion. This is welcome news.

No Exceptions on Discrimination: 98 Groups to the President

Jul 16, 2014

No Exceptions on Discrimination: 98 Groups to the President

Religious freedom is one of our most cherished values, a fundamental and defining feature of our national character. It guarantees us the freedom to hold any belief we choose and the right to act on our religious beliefs within certain limits. It does not, however, provide organizations the right to discriminate using taxpayer dollars.

Report Argues that Drones Lead to Endless War

Jul 11, 2014

Report Argues that Drones Lead to Endless War

The Stimson Center convened a task force to assess the role of drones in American foreign policy. Their conclusions were in line with what Friends already know: drones lead to endless war. Here are some of the highlights.

The Work of Our Faith

Jul 11, 2014

The Work of Our Faith

FCNL’s Washington office is just one part of the lobbying effort to influence public policy. Another major part of the effort is the work of Friends all across the country to lobby for peace and justice.

Children at the Border: A Humanitarian Crisis

Jul 10, 2014

Children at the Border: A Humanitarian Crisis

What causes a five-year-old to travel hundreds of miles without her parents to get to the United States?The cost of accepting asylum seekers is high, but the human cost of deporting children back to danger is much higher. Urge your elected officials to support a compassionate response to this humanitarian crisis.

Stop the Violence in Israel/Palestine

Jul 9, 2014

Stop the Violence in Israel/Palestine

We at FCNL have watched with heavy hearts as violence breaks out in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel in catastrophic proportions. We grieve over the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost, and we lift up our concern for those who have been injured and for the many living in fear for their own safety and the safety of those they love.

The Violence in Israel and Gaza

Jul 9, 2014

The Violence in Israel and Gaza

The New York Times

FCNL's Kate Gould calls on the United States to help stop violence against Israelis and Palestinians by pressing for an immediate cease-fire and an end to the blockade.

Children, Not Criminals

Jul 9, 2014

Children, Not Criminals

What causes a five-year-old to travel hundreds of miles without her parents to get to the United States? The number of unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S. has soared to more than 52,000 since October, and the U.S. is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. What are the drivers of this migration? What can U.S. policy makers do?

Unaccompanied Minors: An International Humanitarian Crisis

Jul 8, 2014

Unaccompanied Minors: An International Humanitarian Crisis

The sudden increase of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America is deeply concerning, and raises serious questions about what causes children to leave their homes. The U.S. has a moral and legal responsibility to humanely respond to the humanitarian crisis.

June 2014 Jobless Statement

Jul 7, 2014

June 2014 Jobless Statement

As people of faith, we continue to be concerned about the number of members of our communities who are without work – many also without any financial support. This is making our country’s economic recovery slower than it should be.

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: Champions of Change

Jul 3, 2014

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: Champions of Change

Earlier this week, the White House hosted their Champions for Change event, where they honored leaders from across the country doing extraordinary work to ensure employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Unchecked Authority. Unchecked Funds. Unchecked Weapons.

Jul 3, 2014

Unchecked Authority. Unchecked Funds. Unchecked Weapons.

It's time to put a check on the dangerous policies the U.S. has pursued for the past decade. Congress can and should take back its authorization for making and financing war.

Congress Moves to Protect Needs of Native Children

Jul 2, 2014

Congress Moves to Protect Needs of Native Children

Citing the 37 percent poverty rate among Native children, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has introduced a bill calling for a consultative group to clarify the needs of Native American children, and assure their futures.

Preserving Language, Protecting Culture

Jul 2, 2014

Preserving Language, Protecting Culture

After disastrous government policies in the last century sought to bury Indian culture, Congress has taken some useful steps to help recapture Native languages and preserve the ones still spoken.

Support for Indian Education Grows in Senate, Administration

Jul 2, 2014

Support for Indian Education Grows in Senate, Administration

The Department of the Interior, the Department of Education, and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs are taking on the future of Indian education. New study groups, new plans, new organization—now it needs stronger federal funding.

Unchecked

Jul 2, 2014

Unchecked

Unchecked authority. Unchecked funds. Unchecked weapons. Congress needs to take its power back and check these dangerous policies.

A Team with No (Sale-able) Name?

Jul 2, 2014

A Team with No (Sale-able) Name?

On June 18, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancelled six trademarks held by the Washington D.C. football team. This is the second time the Board has heard such a case, and is another step toward the end of racist mascots.

Native American Legislative Update: Summer 2014

Jul 2, 2014

Native American Legislative Update: Summer 2014

See the Legislative Update on education, native languages and more on the U.S. Trademark Board ruling.

Thank You!

Jul 1, 2014

Thank You!

Thank you from all of us at FCNL! You helped us raise $69,730 to meet—and surpass—our $47,500 matching challenge. We are grateful to you for support this fiscal year that helps us meet the challenge of lobbying for peace and justice in Washington, D.C.

Concerns About Counter Terrorism Partnership Fund

Jun 27, 2014

Concerns About Counter Terrorism Partnership Fund

The Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund will “train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries on the front lines” of violent extremism. FCNL and 16 other faith and human rights groups express strong concerns about this program given the unresolved problems with past U.S. counterterror efforts.

Elizabeth Beavers

Jun 27, 2014

A Place I Never Expected to Be

When I was younger, I believed in the divine rightness of America’s military might on an almost spiritual level. But as I watched my country invading Iraq, I began to doubt.

Budget Gimmicks for the Pentagon

Jun 26, 2014

Budget Gimmicks for the Pentagon

The President's FY2015 request for the Overseas Contingency Operations account is $58.6 billion. While this war funding request is significantly lower than the Administration’s original placeholder of $79.4 billion, it is still far too high.

Syria Has Fewer Chemical Weapons. That's a Good Thing.

Jun 23, 2014

Syria Has Fewer Chemical Weapons. That's a Good Thing.

Ninety-two percent of Syria's chemical weapons have been destroyed. That progress comes as a result of international negotiations to that have made incredible progress to rid Syria of these weapons. Now the U.S. needs to push for a similar agreement to end the Syrian civil war.

Deja Vu in Iraq: Take Action

Jun 20, 2014

Deja Vu in Iraq: Take Action

The next weeks will be critical in determining the U.S. response to violence in Iraq. Members of Congress need to hear from you and others in your community now.

3 Reasons to Keeping Lobbying to End the Endless War

Jun 20, 2014

3 Reasons to Keeping Lobbying to End the Endless War

Despite Rep. Schiff's decision not to bring his amendment to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force for a vote in late June, we still see Congress moving towards repeal. Here are three reasons why.

Advocates Concerned for Housing Assistance Funding in Senate 2015 THUD Bill

Jun 20, 2014

Advocates Concerned for Housing Assistance Funding in Senate 2015 THUD Bill

Although the Senate bill funds virtually all of HUD’s programs at the same or higher levels than the House bill, our partners and we still have serious concerns about some funding levels in the bill.

Iraq and Endless War: The Washington Disconnect

Jun 20, 2014

Iraq and Endless War: The Washington Disconnect

The sequence is all too familiar: President Obama announced June 19 that he is sending 300 advisors to Iraq to support the government’s effort to stop the anti-government militants from overrunning the country.

26 Groups Call for Clarification on Royce/Engel Iran Sanctions Letter

Jun 19, 2014

26 Groups Call for Clarification on Royce/Engel Iran Sanctions Letter

26 Groups Call for Clarification on Royce/Engel Iran Sanctions Letter: "As the nuclear negotiations intensify in the coming weeks, we hope Congress and the Administration will work together to provide the U.S. with the best possible opportunity to peacefully resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran".

Broad Coalition Supports House 2015 Defense Appropriations Amendments to Reduce Wasteful Pentagon Spending

Jun 19, 2014

Broad Coalition Supports House 2015 Defense Appropriations Amendments to Reduce Wasteful Pentagon Spending

FCNL and seventeen other groups urge the House to support amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act which would eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, reduce obsolete and antiquated weapons systems and policies, and increase oversight of limited tax dollars.

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