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Vote No on PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

May 21, 2015

Vote No on PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Fourteen years after its introduction, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is up for reauthorization. Here's what you can do to prevent this dangerous piece of legislation from being reauthorized.

Peacebuilding Policy FAQ

May 19, 2015

Peacebuilding Policy FAQ

At FCNL, we focus on transforming U.S. policy to support peacebuilding. We coordinate with local peacebuilders and allies on the ground to ensure that the U.S. plays a constructive role in the world.

May 19, 2015

Advocacy Days on Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child

Join FCNL, AFSC, Defense for Children International Palestine and other partners for three days of advocacy in Washington, DC to raise concerns regarding Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.

Faith‐Based Organizations Question Targeted Lethal Drones Program

May 19, 2015

Faith‐Based Organizations Question Targeted Lethal Drones Program

On May 15, 2015, FCNL led a group of faith-based organizations in sending President Barack Obama, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate a letter questioning the lethal use of drones.

Elizabeth Beavers

May 18, 2015

Success: President Obama Limits Militarized Policing

The federal government won't send certain military equipment to police departments, President Obama announced on May 18. His executive order mirrors the bill we've been lobbying for in the past year, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.

Elizabeth Beavers

May 18, 2015

Pres. Obama Limits Militarized Policing

President Obama made a groundbreaking announcement on May 18: the federal government will stop sending certain military equipment to police departments! FCNL has been leading the lobbying on this effort for more than a year.

Day of Action on U.S. Drone Strikes

May 15, 2015

Day of Action on U.S. Drone Strikes

Tell your Member of Congress you are concerned about the moral implications of the secret drone wars, and you’d like to see the strikes halted. Ask them to publicly call on the Administration to disclose all strikes to date.

May 14, 2015

FCNL Signs On Letter Supporting the Smarter Sentencing Act

Read FCNL'S Sign-on letter supporting the Smarter Sentencing Act.

Oppose Legislation Barring Transfers Out of Guantanamo

May 14, 2015

Oppose Legislation Barring Transfers Out of Guantanamo

FCNL recently signed onto a letter urging members of Congress to oppose S. 165/H.R. 401, a bill that would impose an effective two year ban on all transfers out of Guantanamo.

WANTED: A Budget that Supports our Troops

May 13, 2015

WANTED: A Budget that Supports our Troops

The budget resolution passed by Congress in May fails to do right by our service members. It should be scraped and replaced by a plan that supports our troops and the country they have sworn to protect.

Burundi on the Brink of Violence

May 13, 2015

Burundi on the Brink of Violence

Many people know about the terrible genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But fewer know that 300,000 were killed next door in Burundi during a 12-year civil war. When Theo was in Burundi in March, he heard that many there were worried about renewed violence with the coming election.

May 12, 2015

Sen Merkley Supports Diplomacy with Iran

Senator Merkley delivered a powerful speech on the Senate floor on May 7, 2015 in support of the negotiations with Iran to secure a peaceful resolution to the impasse over that country's nuclear program.

Spending Speaks Louder than Words

May 11, 2015

Spending Speaks Louder than Words

Budgets send messages about what’s important to us. The federal budget that the Congress passed sends a strong and disappointing message about who we are as a people: “We are afraid, and we don’t take care of our own. “

Update: Crisis in Burundi

May 11, 2015

Update: Crisis in Burundi

Reports of a coup attempt in Burundi and the consequent split within the military and the fighting that that taken place so far confirms FCNL's fears of the deteriorating political situation.

Congress Supports Iran Diplomacy

May 8, 2015

Congress Supports Iran Diplomacy

FCNL lead lobbyist on Iran, Kate Gould, explains why151 members of Congress signed a letter supporting diplomacy with Iran and talks about what is next.

Native American Legislative Update: May 2015

May 8, 2015

Native American Legislative Update: May 2015

See the Legislative Update on tribal language programs, administration initiatives with Native communities, trust management and diabetes prevention in Indian Country.

May 7, 2015

Unprecedented: 151 Reps Support Iran Framework Deal

151 reps sign pro-diplomacy letter on Iran led by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL), Lloyd Doggett (TX), and David Price (NC).

Job Posting: Development Database Coordinator

May 5, 2015

Job Posting: Development Database Coordinator

As a key member of FCNL's Development team, the Major Gifts Officer will travel nationwide to interpret FCNL programs, engage our network and find new supporters to strengthen FCNL's impact in Washington.

May 4, 2015

FCNL Opposes OCO Slush Fund

FCNL, along with 23 other organizations, object to the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account as a slush fund for defense spending.

May 4, 2015

Supporting Rep. Quigley's Amendment on Nuclear Weapons

FCNL supports Rep. Quigley's amendment to reduce funding for the Long Range Standoff Option (LRSO), a new nuclear cruise missile.

Six Burundi Policy Recommendations

May 1, 2015

Six Burundi Policy Recommendations

As Burundians prepare for national elections to choose their next president, a political crisis that has been brewing over the last year threatens to plunge the country back into civil war.

Alicia McBride

Apr 30, 2015

[Video] Climate Change Isn't Coming

This short video, part of the QuakerSpeak project, features attenders of FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend talking about why they're acting on climate change.

Job Opening: Contract Grants Writer

Apr 29, 2015

Job Opening: Contract Grants Writer

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking a grants writer who will research and identify potential funding sources and submit proposals and reports in support of the organization’s non-partisan, multi-issue advocacy that unites Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity and truth with peace and social justice issues.

Over 2,000 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track

Apr 28, 2015

Over 2,000 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track

Over 2,000 groups urge Congress to oppose the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill formally dubbed “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.”

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

Apr 28, 2015

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

This piece was originally written in response to the tragic killings of two police officers in New York. In the wake of the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police, and the resulting violence in protest, the call for peace and justice is again relevant.

Compassion and Common Sense in El Paso

Apr 27, 2015

Compassion and Common Sense in El Paso

My journey to El Paso renewed my faith in fellow human beings who see suffering and act to ease the pain, who see practical needs, and move to meet them.

Religions Leaders to Congress: End Cuba Embargo

Apr 27, 2015

Religions Leaders to Congress: End Cuba Embargo

For many decades, U.S. and Cuban churches have worked with one another toward common goals. Our relationships have been strengthened as religious freedom in Cuba has improved and church membership has grown.

Steps Forward on Energy Efficiency

Apr 24, 2015

Steps Forward on Energy Efficiency

Congress took a step forward on energy efficiency by passing a slimmed down version of the Portman-Shaheen energy efficiency bill. We're still working for a more comprehensive bill that includes updates to building standards.

The Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay: A Dark Chapter

Apr 23, 2015

The Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay: A Dark Chapter

Despite President Obama’s continued promise to close the detention facility, thirteen years later, 122 detainees remain at Gitmo. 57 of these detainees—nearly half—were cleared for release five years ago, yet they remain trapped in what has been accurately deemed “the warehouse of the forgotten.”

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