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Nov 30, 2015

FCNL Joins Call for a Sustained U.S. Commitment to Address the Crisis in Central African Republic

FCNL joined ten other organizations in a letter released today urging a renewed commitment to protecting human rights and advancing peace in Central African Republic.

Nov 25, 2015

Hope in Paris

We hold Paris in the Light. Even as the grief of the deaths, injuries and emotional damage perpetrated by the criminal rampages of terror in Paris on November 13 begin healing, millions of people around the globe are sending their prayers and hopes for action on climate as world leaders convene in Paris beginning November 30.

Nov 25, 2015

One Year On: Immigrant Families Still Looking for Solutions

As we each gather around the table this Thanksgiving, let us think about families who are gathering with continued uncertainty. Let us keep them in our hearts as we continue to urge Congress to discuss, debate, and enact fair and compassionate solutions for immigrant families who are part of our communities and this nation’s fabric.

Nov 24, 2015

Syrian Refugees: Oppose Anti-Refugee Bill

Senators will soon consider legislation, the American Securities Against Foreign Enemies Act, that would immediately halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. Urge your senators to oppose this bill.

Nov 24, 2015

Broad Coalition Urges Opposition to the “National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund” Budget Gimmick

A broad coalition of partners from across the political spectrum write to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leadership to urge opposition to budget gimmick that funds more Navy weaponry, taking pressure off of the Navy to budget for strategic needs and prioritize funding.

Nov 21, 2015

This Week in the World: November 21

This week, the House voted overwhelmingly to pause the Syrian refugee resettlement program. Consider that for a moment. Congress is poised to turn away people fleeing violence, in search of shelter.

Nov 21, 2015

Refugees, Faith & Action

How do we get beyond the rhetoric and hate speech to act in a way that starts to transform us and our neighbors?

Nov 20, 2015

FCNL Urges Congress to Oppose Immigration Policy Riders in Appropriations

FCNL joined 45 national and local faith-based, advocacy, legal and immigrant rights organizations asking Congress to oppose any immigration policy riders in the FY2016 appropriations bills.

Nov 19, 2015

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

We aspire to weave the principles of diversity and inclusion into every aspect of our organization. We encourage our staff and volunteers to share their diverse backgrounds because those unique perspectives are important contributions to our work.

Nov 17, 2015

We Must Not Act in Fear

As the news from Paris unfolded, we were all Parisians, as we were all Lebanese a few days before when suicide bombs killed 43 and wounded 240 more, as we were all Kenyans last April when 147 college students were killed.

Nov 17, 2015

81 Organizations Urge Congress to Support Refugee Resettlement

FCNL joined 80 other faith, human rights, and advocacy groups in a letter to Congress expressing support for the U.S. refugee resettlement program and continued resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Nov 17, 2015

Paris, Beirut, and Syria

The temptation to react to violence with fear and more violence is strong. The recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut are tragic and demand a response. But a response based on fear will not lead to security or peace. A response based on fear can lead to the sacrifice of the very freedoms we cherish.

Nov 17, 2015

Native American Legislative Update: November 2015

See the Legislative Update on FCNL's newsletter on our Native American program, the federal budget, health care in Indian Country, and tribal wellness courts.

Nov 16, 2015

Native American Bills We're Watching in the 114th Congress

Read about legislation in the 114th Congress we are watching that affect Native Americans. Updated monthly.

Nov 15, 2015

A Vibrant Community for Peace

More than 400 Quakers and like-minded activists met in Washington, DC to build a pathway to peace. We lobbied in support the Atrocities Prevention Board and tools to pivot U.S. foreign policy to peace.

Nov 15, 2015

Minute of Appreciation for Ruth Flower

The General Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation wishes to express its appreciation to Ruth Flower for her contributions to the Religious Society of Friends through her 25 years of service to FCNL.

Nov 15, 2015

To Friends in France and Lebanon

Sometimes there is no fix for what has been lost; only a commitment and willingness to help carry the sorrow. We hold you in Light and Love at this time of senseless loss of life and the deep trauma to your community. We hope you will be better able to carry this sorrow, knowing you do not carry it alone.

Nov 15, 2015

Nine Conclusions on Ed Snyder's 90th Birthday

Ed Snyder delivered remarks at the 2015 Annual Meeting on the occasion of his 90th birthday, summarizing nine "trite but true" things he's learned in the past nine decades.

Nov 14, 2015

Pivot to Peace

On November 12-15, hundreds of Quakers and advocates came to Washington, DC to tell Congress that war isn't working.

Nov 13, 2015

A Mid-Journey Blessing

Ron Ferguson, an FCNL General Committee member, offered a blessing for Ruth Flower in anticipation of her 2016 retirement.

Nov 11, 2015

Hill Briefing on Drone Warfare

The Intercept recently released “The Drone Papers,” revealing startling details of a high percentage of civilian casualties, faulty intelligence, and the central role the targeted killing program has in U.S. counterterrorism policy. FCNL is co-hosting a Hill briefing on Drone Warfare on Monday, November 16th.

Nov 9, 2015

Ellison/Yarmuth/Dingell Letter Calls for End to Violence in Israel/Palestine

FCNL supports the letter led by Reps. Keith Ellison (MN), John Yarmuth (KY), and Debbie Dingell (MI) to call for an end to violence in Israel/Palestine. Importantly, the letter lifts up the work of the Palestinian peace advocate Bassam Aramin and the Israeli peace advocate Robi Damelin, who are both active in the Parents Circle, a group of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones in the conflict.

Nov 9, 2015

Legislative Updates

Almost every issue that Congress addresses affects Native American communities — land and natural resources; relations with other governments; and financial resources for education, health care, housing, and economic development. FCNL's advocacy on Native American issues has advanced key priorities.

Nov 9, 2015

Resilience: A Trip across the Midwest

This spring, FCNL's legislative director Ruth traveled in Oklahoma and Kansas. The Native American projects and programs she saw are just a few that show the resilience of tribal peoples who are investing in the health, education, and support of their communities.

Nov 9, 2015

Native Americans: Friends Speak Out

Since the times of William Penn and John Woolman, Quakers have been listening to and involved with concerns of indigenous peoples. Today, FCNL’s Native American advocacy takes place amidst a commitment among many Friends to repudiate past wrongs and work for justice.

Nov 9, 2015

"By the Authority of Almighty God"

The “Doctrine of Discovery,” enunciated by popes, kings, and governors, represents a belief that Native people, those who lived on the land for generations, had no claim to it once it was “discovered” by Christian settlers. The doctrine, with its psychological, spiritual, and physical impacts on both Europeans and native peoples, integrated racism into our very founding as a country and justified violence.

Nov 9, 2015

Making Connections through Native American Advocacy

Our advocacy on Native American issues makes connections with Congress, tribal groups, faith community partners, and more.

Nov 9, 2015

7 Priorities for Native American Advocacy

FCNL’s Native American Advocacy program seeks to remind members of Congress that addressing Native American needs is not just a matter of serving a special interest group but a trust and moral obligation.

Nov 9, 2015

Native American Advocacy: A Faith Voice

The U.S. government can be a partner in Native Americans’ efforts to rebuild and thrive. In FCNL's Native American advocacy work, we look to tribal leaders, teachers, communities, and organizations to identify how the federal government can fulfill promises made in exchange for lost land and resources, and provide necessary support for Native communities reclaiming their strength.

Nov 9, 2015

Annual Report 2014-2015: Living Our Faith Through Action

FCNL is a community committed to living our faith through action. We are called to lives of integrity, aligning our actions with the inner awareness of the Spirit. We are motivated to work for peace and justice, engaging in civic life and practicing our beliefs outwardly. In the 2014-2015 Annual Report, we share progress in our work over the year, and look ahead at opportunities for the next year.

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