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Aug 22, 2016

Ending Poverty in the U.S.

A strong and moral society ensures its members can meet their basic needs and give their children fair opportunities to flourish. That is impossible with today’s high levels of poverty.

Aug 18, 2016

FCNL Applauds Justice Department Phasing Out Private Prisons

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauds the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement that it will phase out contracts with private prison corporations. We welcome their acknowledgement of private prison facilities’ substandard conditions and inadequate oversight. Government must ensure that detention facilities provide humane conditions and basic rights.

Aug 16, 2016

Remembering Ed Snyder

We're deeply sad to share the news share the news that former FCNL Executive Secretary Ed Snyder passed away on Friday, August 12. He served FCNL for 35 years, including as Executive Secretary from 1962 to 1990.

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: Curb Money in Politics

Money speaks loudly in our political system. Its influence has weakened our democracy, leading ordinary people to doubt their power and giving wealthy individuals and corporations outsized access to decision makers. What will you do to restore trust in our political system?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: Advance a World without Nuclear Weapons

President Obama wants to spend nearly $1 trillion dollars over the next 30 years to “modernize” and maintain our nuclear arsenal, and to develop and buy 1,000 nuclear-capable cruise missiles. Do you support former Defense Secretary William Perry’s call to cancel the plans for the new nuclear cruise missile as a step toward a world without nuclear weapons?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: Demilitarize Foreign Policy

Extremist groups such as ISIS have continued to emerge despite the money and attention our country lavishes on military responses to violence. Our country must invest in diplomacy, development, and support of local peacebuilding programs to prevent violent conflict. Would you make funding for these peacebuilding initiatives a priority if you are elected?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: Reform Immigration

Our immigration system is broken. Rather than making repairs, our government is focused on punishment: setting quotas to keep immigrants in detention, building higher walls, and raiding homes. Do you support comprehensive reform to fix our immigration system that would treat immigrants and U.S. citizens touched by this system with respect and dignity?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: Support Middle East Diplomacy

This year, because of U.S.-led diplomacy, Iran no longer has enough fuel to build a nuclear bomb. Yet the kind of sustained diplomacy that led to this agreement does not always have political support in this country. Will you support continued U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, as well as with Syria, to peacefully resolve longstanding conflicts in the Middle East?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: End Endless War

Since 2001, Congress has given the president nearly unchecked power to engage in military action all over the world. U.S. use of lethal drones, expanded military action, and indefinite detentions at Guantanamo are recruiting tools for violent extremists. Will you support repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, the basis for the president's authority?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: Address Climate Change

Climate change looms as one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. It is a threat that undermines peace and stability in our country and throughout the world. Will you work meaningfully to advance bipartisan solutions to climate change?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: End Mass Incarceration

The number of people in U.S. prisons has skyrocketed in recent decades, primarily due to the long mandatory minimum sentences handed down to nonviolent drug offenders. These sentences are expensive for taxpayers and hurt communities. Do you support legislation to reform sentencing laws and reduce mandatory minimum sentences?

Aug 3, 2016

Question for Candidates: Address Poverty and Income Inequality

The U.S. is a wealthy nation. Yet 1.5 million households — including 3 million children — live on less than $2 a day per person. Do you support investing in federal programs, such as the the Earned Income Tax Credit, food stamps, and housing assistance, which successfully help families support their children and move into the middle class?

Aug 2, 2016

Libya: A New Front for the Endless War

It's long past time for Congress to take its power back, to debate and vote each and every war the U.S. undertakes, in keeping with the 1973 War Powers Act. But for the past 15 years, Congress has let the president act unchecked. New airstrikes against Libya further demonstrate the reaches of the law behind the "War on Terror."

Aug 1, 2016

Yasmine Taeb Speaks to i24 News about Islamophobia and the 2016 Presidential Elections

Yasmine Taeb speaks to i24 News about Islamophobia, foreign policy, and the 2016 Presidential Elections.

Aug 1, 2016

Call with Parker J. Palmer

Please join us for a conference call with Quaker author Parker J. Palmer to discuss how we can heal the heart of democracy.

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 27, 2016

International Nuclear Experts Call on Japan to Support a U.S. No-First-Use Policy

President Obama is reported to be considering changes to US policy to reduce the chance that nuclear weapons will be used, and to move the world further along the path to eliminating them. One possibility is that he will declare that the United States will not be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict and that the sole purpose of US nuclear weapons is to deter, and if necessary respond to, the use of nuclear weapons by others.

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 25, 2016

Western Friend Interview with Yasmine Taeb: The Politics of Islamophobia

Western Friend interviews FCNL's Yasmine Taeb about the politics of Islamophobia and how it impacts her lobbying efforts on Syrian refugees and other issues.

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.

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