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Emily Wirzba

Jan 28, 2015

Keystone XL Amendment Vote Shows Small Step Forward on Climate

For the past several weeks, the Senate has been debating S.1, The Keystone XL Pipeline Act. While we don't support the pipeline, there were some significant votes on amendments that are promising for the future of bipartisan action on climate change.

The Failure of Security Assistance – From Latin America to North Africa

Jan 27, 2015

The Failure of Security Assistance – From Latin America to North Africa

Last June, Mexican security forces allegedly executed 15 suspected gang members in Tlatlaya and then tortured and sexually assaulted two witnesses.

War on Terror is Not the Answer to Nigeria’s Violence

Jan 22, 2015

War on Terror is Not the Answer to Nigeria’s Violence

A January 13th Washington Post editorial titled “Boko Haram’s Campaign of Terror is only Getting Worse” argues that it’s past time for a wake-up call in addressing violence in Nigeria.

State of the Union: Shared Values for All?

Jan 21, 2015

State of the Union: Shared Values for All?

President Obama called on us all to make our public policies a reflection of shared values. Now it's Congress' turn and our turn-- to find places of agreement, and in some cases to go further than President Obama was willing for a more peaceful and just world.

Money in Politics: What have we learned in the past five years?

Jan 21, 2015

Money in Politics: What have we learned in the past five years?

Wednesday is the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United vs. FEC; what have we learned five years later?

The State of the Union Is...

Jan 20, 2015

The State of the Union Is...

In a joint session before Congress and in the media, the president will lay out his plan for the next year. As you're watching, think about how the president's vision matches up with where you want to see our country go.

The State of the Union Is...

Jan 20, 2015

The State of the Union Is...

Like millions of Americans, we're looking forward to hearing the State of the Union address tonight.

Quakers Know Prisons From the Inside Out

Jan 16, 2015

Quakers Know Prisons From the Inside Out

From the earliest days of their formation as the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers were imprisoned for disobeying laws that violated their consciences. Quakers have since advocated for reform in prisons and the criminal justice system, dating back to our involvement with the first penitentiaries in the 18th century. We remain gravely concerned about the rate of incarceration in the U.S. and the drastic racial disparities in our criminal justice system.

FCNL Signs On: Solitary Confinement & the Thomson Correctional Center

Jan 16, 2015

FCNL Signs On: Solitary Confinement & the Thomson Correctional Center

In light of the opening of the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois and imminent plans to expand the use of solitary confinement, FCNL signs on to a coalition letter urging Attorney General, Eric Holder, to consider the harm of the practice.

Annual Fund Director

Jan 14, 2015

Annual Fund Director

The Annual Fund Director will lead the planning and implementation of FCNL’s $3 million Annual Fund with the goal of growing the Annual Fund and donor base. We are seeking a director who will bring a fresh outlook and new ideas to the table.

5 Opportunities for Peace in 2015

Jan 9, 2015

5 Opportunities for Peace in 2015

2014 was a year rife with deadly conflict. Rebellions, violent extremism, and state violence killed many and displaced more. However, 2015 presents many opportunities for peace.

Native American Legislative Update: January 2015

Jan 9, 2015

Native American Legislative Update: January 2015

See the Legislative Update on the budget approval, housing assistance, land dispossession and the tribal leaders summit.

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

Jan 7, 2015

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

Last week, two police officers were shot and killed in their patrol car in Brooklyn. Tensions over nation-wide civilian protests calling for police reform have come to a boiling point. At FCNL, we reflect on the importance of nonviolence in achieving true change.

New Congress, New Start

Jan 6, 2015

New Congress, New Start

With a bitter election season still fresh in many of our minds, Congress needs to hear that we need them to solve problems that we'll face in the next decade and century -- not just the next election cycle. But first, they need to hear that they have constituents who are committed to changing policy. Write a letter to the editor today.

Thank You for a Great 2014!

Jan 2, 2015

Thank You for a Great 2014!

It was your support that helped the Friends Committee on National Legislation make progress in 2014. And it is with your support that we will continue our work for peace, social justice and an earth restored.

Maiya Zwerling

Jan 2, 2015

5 Ways You Helped Make the World Safer in 2014

Our world is already safer because of U.S.-Iran diplomacy. As I reflect on a year of excitement and progress, I am keenly aware of the critical role the FCNL network has played in ensuring our elected officials stand on the right side of history. Here are 5 ways FCNL's citizen advocates helped make diplomacy work with Iran in 2014.

Emily Wirzba

Dec 30, 2014

Best of 2014: Climate Edition

2014 has been quite the year for climate action. From the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to a historic agreement reached with China, it is clear that the United States is making tangible progress in addressing climate change. Momentum has been growing, and will continue to build as we look ahead to 2015.

Getting Ready for the New Congress

Dec 20, 2014

Getting Ready for the New Congress

Whether your members are new or returning, now is a good time to let them know what matters to you. Here are some suggestions for beginning (or continuing) to build the relationship that will last throughout this session of Congress.

The View from a Sojourner in Iraq

Dec 19, 2014

The View from a Sojourner in Iraq

From 2006 until 2010, Jim Fine led FCNL’s lobbying program on Middle East issues. He spoke with us this fall about his perspective on U.S.-Iran negotiations and what’s needed to help quell the violence in the Middle East.

Iran: Diplomacy Works

Dec 19, 2014

Iran: Diplomacy Works

For more a decade, FCNL has advocated for improved U.S.-Iran relations. In the past year, diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb have make significant progress, and FCNL redoubled our efforts—through our effective grassroots network and through our lobbyists in Washington—to lobby Congress to keep this space open for diplomacy.

No Place [to Call] Home for the Holidays

Dec 18, 2014

No Place [to Call] Home for the Holidays

As we rejoice in this holy time, let us not forget the refugee children and mothers in family detention centers, those who have no place to call home for the holidays.

Holiday Traditions: Apply Your Gifts!

Dec 17, 2014

Holiday Traditions: Apply Your Gifts!

To me, the holidays have always been a time to gather with the blessings you have and reflect and plan for how to apply those gifts to work for peace and justice issues in the New Year. Now, I am encouraging you all to take the holidays to apply. Apply your gifts and skills to social justice work; apply to FCNL’s young adult programs!

Hope for 2015: Criminal Justice Reform

Dec 17, 2014

Hope for 2015: Criminal Justice Reform

The 113th Congress was a dynamic time for criminal justice reform. There were numerous bipartisan bills introduced in Congress addressing the serious need for reform in this nation’s criminal justice system.

21 Orgs to State: Address Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Dec 16, 2014

21 Orgs to State: Address Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

21 religious, humanitarian and peace groups call on the State Department to take measures to address the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Seeing the Results of Our Work

Dec 12, 2014

Seeing the Results of Our Work

In many ways it's been a tough year to lobby for peace, but we made real progress together toward the world we seek. And 2015 looks like it could be a year to remember, from diplomacy to climate to criminal justice.

When We Torture

Dec 12, 2014

When We Torture

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Torture Report on December 10th has caused strong emotional reaction and the occasion for reflection on what this means for us as a country founded on moral principles.

The 'No Military Solution' is the Only Solution

Dec 12, 2014

The 'No Military Solution' is the Only Solution

Jackson Diehl’s Dec 7 Washington Post opinion-editorial titled “The sloppy thinking of ‘no military solution’” is a misleading case for military adventurism.

Two Years Too Long: Supporting Lasting Peace in Central African Republic

Dec 10, 2014

Two Years Too Long: Supporting Lasting Peace in Central African Republic

On this date two years ago, an armed group known as the Séléka launched a military campaign against the country’s then-government. The offensive set in motion the latest in recurrent cycles of violent conflict in Central African Republic.

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