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Annual Meeting 2014

Nov 23, 2014

Annual Meeting 2014

More than 430 Quakers and like-minded activists met in Washington, DC to live our faith through action. We lobbied in support of U.S. diplomacy with Iran as the best way to guard against a nuclear-armed Iran and another war.

Nov 22, 2014

Legislative Priorities for the 114th Congress

The General Committee sets new priorities every two years, as a new Congress takes office. The Statement of Legislative Priorities identifies a set of issues on which staff is expected to focus time, energy and resources. The current priorities are for the 114th Congress (approved November 22, 2012).

Lobby with Us: #DiplomacyWorks

Nov 19, 2014

Lobby with Us: #DiplomacyWorks

Just three days before the deadline for a nuclear deal, more than 400 Quakers and like-minded activists from across the country are joining FCNL in Washington, DC to lobby for diplomacy with Iran.

FCNL Signs Letter Opposing Expansion of 1033 Program in NDAA

Nov 19, 2014

FCNL Signs Letter Opposing Expansion of 1033 Program in NDAA

Due to FCNL's concern with the militarization of police, FCNL is one of 17 groups that signed onto a recent letter expressing opposition to the expansion of the 1033 program through the National Defense Authorization (NDAA).

The Essence of What We Do

Nov 18, 2014

The Essence of What We Do

The path to the world we seek has never been east. In the past 71 years, time and again FCNL has built the relationships that let us get things done, regardless of the political climate. This approach is more important than ever in a

Letting Diplomacy Work

Nov 17, 2014

Letting Diplomacy Work

When almost 400 citizen advocates and "grasstops" join FCNL on Capitol Hill this week making the case to Congress that #diplomacyworks, it will be within the rich tradition of Quaker advocacy to petition those in power to prevent war and violent conflict.

More Information on Our Issues: Annual Meeting 2014

Nov 17, 2014

More Information on Our Issues: Annual Meeting 2014

The flyers and resources below were available at Annual Meeting 2014. Thank you for helping us save paper by viewing them online when possible!

Climate and Conflict: Let's Take Action Now

Nov 12, 2014

Climate and Conflict: Let's Take Action Now

The Pentagon recently released its 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. In the report they argue that climate change will seriously challenge our national security. What are some of the political solutions to this problem that we can support right now?

Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Nov 12, 2014

Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

With the end of the Cold War, many dared hope that the scourge of nuclear weapons would be ended once and for all. Yet, today, more than two decades later, the drive to build nuclear weapons by some governments continues, energized in no small part by the policies of the U.S. government.

Fix the Broken Immigration System

Nov 12, 2014

Fix the Broken Immigration System

There’s wide agreement that the system is broken, but there the agreement ends. Looking at the same set of facts, including the 11 million immigrants here without legal documentation, some focus on the need to provide more viable legal options for immigration, while others seek punishment for people they see as lawbreakers.

Protect the Earth

Nov 12, 2014

Protect the Earth

We have a responsibility to protect God’s creation for our children and grandchildren. From this grounding, we can join with others in the faith community to press Congress for legislative action on climate change.

Get Money Out of Politics

Nov 11, 2014

Get Money Out of Politics

We may never know the full impact of these large and concentrated contributions on the integrity of our democratic system. But there is evidence that this kind of spending—by individuals as well as organizations—had an impact on who was elected.

End Mass Incarceration

Nov 11, 2014

End Mass Incarceration

Congress should change laws to put fewer people in prison, keep them there for shorter periods and help them transition back into life outside.

Honoring Veterans by Lifting Up Intention

Nov 11, 2014

Honoring Veterans by Lifting Up Intention

I honor the intention of those who serve their country. The world is insecure, and we all want to get to peace; we just disagree about how to get there. By lifting up our common desire for a better world and celebrating those with the courage to serve others, let us move forward together.

Nov 7, 2014

Lobby Day Logistics

Refusing to Forget: Unsealing Tapes from Guantanamo Bay

Nov 7, 2014

Refusing to Forget: Unsealing Tapes from Guantanamo Bay

A judge recently ordered for the release of tapes that depict force-feeding at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Twelve years after the facility's creation, it is vital that these tapes serve as a reminder of the lives of the 148 men that remain there.

Native American Legislative Update: November 2014

Nov 6, 2014

Native American Legislative Update: November 2014

See the Legislative Update on Native American justice systems, BIE grants and bills that we hope arise in and pass the lame-duck session.

Election Reflection: Wins for Low-Wage Workers!

Nov 5, 2014

Election Reflection: Wins for Low-Wage Workers!

In a huge victory for hard working Americans, several states voted in favor of ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage, above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota, all said “yes!” to raising the minimum wage in their states.

No Matter the Outcome of the Election

Nov 4, 2014

No Matter the Outcome of the Election

Whomever the voters send to Congress, FCNL’s consistent lobbying for peace and justice will continue with integrity and inspiration -- both across the country and on Capitol Hill.

Summer Internships

Nov 1, 2014

Summer Internships

As part of our work to encourage young adults to engage in advocacy for peace and justice, we offer a limited number of unpaid summer internships. These internships give participants a broad introduction to federal policy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management.

Opportunities for Young Adults

Nov 1, 2014

Opportunities for Young Adults

Tens of thousands of people work with FCNL to connect historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity and truth with peace and social justice issues. Our nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy is changing U.S. policy.

Starting to Heal

Oct 31, 2014

Starting to Heal

On Election Day this Tuesday, vote holding the realities of the world, but with our hearts hinged open towards hope. The Congress you elect on Tuesday will affect FCNL’s work here in Washington. More importantly, it will determine everything from the state of our children’s schools to the air we breathe for the next two years.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops letter to Energy Secretary Moniz

Oct 30, 2014

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops letter to Energy Secretary Moniz

Rev. Richard Pates, Bishop of Des Moines and Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a letter to Energy Secretary Moniz expressing concern over the expanding U.S. budget for nuclear weapons.

13 Years of a

Oct 29, 2014

13 Years of a "War on Terror"

More than a decade of "war on terror" has shown, at a tragic cost, that violence begets violence. Militant groups like the Islamic State thrive in atmospheres of violence and fear, and these new proposals will only perpetuate the violence.

ACLU Report Finds Concerning Trend in Militarization of U.S. Police

Oct 27, 2014

ACLU Report Finds Concerning Trend in Militarization of U.S. Police

The American Civil Liberties Union has published an in-depth analysis regarding the excessive militarization of American policing. Their data only further supports FCNL's efforts to rein in the 1033 program and, ultimately, stop our Main Streets from looking more and more like war zones.

Re: Moratorium on Department of Defense 1033 Program

Oct 27, 2014

Re: Moratorium on Department of Defense 1033 Program

FCNL recently signed onto a letter asking Secretary Hagel to approve a moratorium on the Department of Defense's 1033 program.

Understanding the Islamic State’s Strategy

Oct 27, 2014

Understanding the Islamic State’s Strategy

Watching members of the Islamic State (IS) behead James Foley and Steven Sotloff, trap 40,000 Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar, and threaten to enslave women makes it easy to write the group off as “raw evil.”

Iran: Hill Staff Resources

Oct 27, 2014

Iran: Hill Staff Resources

FCNL has a range of resources to help congressional offices make informed decisions about diplomatic efforts with Iran.

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