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Ukraine: Next Steps

Apr 17, 2014

Ukraine: Next Steps

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt policies toward the Ukraine crisis that de-escalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward.

Irresponsible Spending on Nuclear Weapons Infrastructure

Apr 17, 2014

Irresponsible Spending on Nuclear Weapons Infrastructure

The Hill

Hundreds of millions of tax dollars have been wasted on U.S. nuclear weapons infrastructure—again. When mismanagement leads to exorbitant waste and abuse of the taxpayer, it is time to take a closer look.

Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act

Apr 16, 2014

Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act

NAHASDA, originally authorized in 1996, reorganized the system of housing assistance provided to Native Americans through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A reauthorization bill passed the Senate Banking Committee in late March and is awaiting consideration by the full Senate.

Quaker Voluntary Service Visits DC

Apr 16, 2014

Quaker Voluntary Service Visits DC

How do we act in national politics as a testimony of our Quaker faith? Quaker Voluntary Service Volunteer Maire Moriarty reflects in this guest blog post.

NALU: April 2014

Apr 16, 2014

NALU: April 2014

Congress funds the diabetes initiative for Native Americans through 2015! Plus news from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Hill.

New Mexico Delegation Protects Native Seeds

Apr 16, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Protects Native Seeds

The Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2013 helps preserve Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes. New Mexico Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján introduced the bill in February, followed by New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich.

Elizabeth Beavers

Apr 15, 2014

Torture is Immoral

Because the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to declassify its investigation into the CIA's use of torture, the American people will finally be able to understand what happened, and move on.

FCNL Signs Letter Urging Transparency on Hunger Strikes

Apr 14, 2014

FCNL Signs Letter Urging Transparency on Hunger Strikes

Recently, officials stopped providing information on the number of hunger strikers in Guantanamo and declined to disclose their revised force-feeding procedures. This is a troubling development, and FCNL is speaking out and asking for transparency.

The Dangers of Soft Power

Apr 14, 2014

The Dangers of Soft Power

U.S. News & World Report

It’s becoming an increasingly relied upon tool in U.S. foreign policy. What Washingtonians and others have termed “ soft power,” the role culture and arts play in winning hearts and minds, sometimes comes across as just propaganda.

Getting Ahead of Climate Change

Apr 13, 2014

Getting Ahead of Climate Change

Tribal leaders and allies are collaborating to pursue the conservation of natural and cultural resources that are central to tribal life, economies, sovereignty, security and the ability to exercise reserved rights.

Senate Committee Prioritizes Native Children

Apr 13, 2014

Senate Committee Prioritizes Native Children

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has a new chair and a new priority: Native children. This year, the committee has held hearings and debated legislation affecting the care, education, and safety of children in Indian country.

Special Diabetes Program for Indians Extended to 2015

Apr 13, 2014

Special Diabetes Program for Indians Extended to 2015

The good news: Congress continued the Special Diabetes Program for Indians for another year. The other news: this program needs to be on permanent, stable footing in order to make significant progress in the struggle to control and eventually end diabetes’ hold on Native American communities.

Environmental Conservation and Human Needs at Odds in Road Proposal

Apr 13, 2014

Environmental Conservation and Human Needs at Odds in Road Proposal

On March 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell testified before the Senate Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and faced many Senators impassioned by the Department's rejection of the King Cove road proposed in Alaska.

Lopsided Priorities: Billions Moved to Pentagon

Apr 10, 2014

Lopsided Priorities: Billions Moved to Pentagon

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's (WI-1) 2015 budget sticks to next year's spending limits, but would increase Pentagon spending by cutting domestic spending in 2016 and beyond.

20 Years After Rwandan Genocide: Have We Learned Our Lesson?

Apr 10, 2014

20 Years After Rwandan Genocide: Have We Learned Our Lesson?

Twenty years ago this week, the Rwandan genocide ripped apart a country and left more than 800,000 dead. In the aftermath, the world once again said it would never sit idly by in the face of mass atrocities and genocide.

Rwanda 20 Focus on Prevention

Apr 10, 2014

Rwanda 20 Focus on Prevention

One focus at the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide could be on listening to what faith leaders from the Central African Republic say about the root causes of the ongoing crisis in their country.

Jonathan Mitchell (Madison, AL) - Better uses for our tax dollars

Apr 9, 2014

Jonathan Mitchell (Madison, AL) - Better uses for our tax dollars

AL.com

Jonathan Mitchell encourages Senators Shelby and Sessions to work toward spending our federal tax dollars more responsibly, starting by eliminating wasteful spending from the Pentagon's budget.

Young People Seek an Earth Restored

Apr 9, 2014

Young People Seek an Earth Restored

Faith & Leadership

If the church wants to remain relevant for students and the youth generation, it should increase and amplify its call to action on climate change, says a young Christian leader.

Organizations Thank Senators for Rwanda Resolution Highlighting Prevention of Mass Atrocities

Apr 9, 2014

Organizations Thank Senators for Rwanda Resolution Highlighting Prevention of Mass Atrocities

Six organizations issued a letter thanking Senators Coons, Flake and Menendez for the introduction of S.Res.413, which recognizes the 20th Anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, and affirms that it is in the national interest of the United States to help prevent and mitigate acts of genocide and mass atrocities.

Where Your 2013 Taxes Go

Apr 8, 2014

Where Your 2013 Taxes Go

The Pentagon budget still accounts for 40 cents of every tax dollar the U.S. government spends. This imbalanced spending has consequences: cuts in programs that help give people ladders out of poverty, as well as missed opportunities to prevent war and address climate change.

Rwanda: A Country Still in Need

Apr 8, 2014

Rwanda: A Country Still in Need

U.S. News & World Report

Twenty years ago this week, an estimated 1 million Rwandans were killed in that country's genocide. Needless to say, the post-genocide era has been difficult and pregnant with fears and hopes. It goes without saying that this country would be very different now without the genocide’s continuous and devastating impacts.

Senate Passes Deal to Help Jobless

Apr 8, 2014

Senate Passes Deal to Help Jobless

Congress let federal unemployment insurance benefits expire in December, and after months of negotiations the Senate finally passed their long-overdue deal to renew this lifeline. Now, more than two million people and their families are counting on the House to act.

40 Percent of Your Tax Dollars Go to War

Apr 8, 2014

40 Percent of Your Tax Dollars Go to War

Tax Day is just one week away. Whether you're writing a check or waiting for a refund, you'd probably like to know how our government spends your tax dollars. Here's your answer:

Thank You Senators Johnson and Crapo for Supporting Affordable Housing

Apr 8, 2014

Thank You Senators Johnson and Crapo for Supporting Affordable Housing

FCNL and a long list of other national, state and local organizations sent a letter thanking Senators Johnson and Crapo for supporting the National Housing Trust Fund in their draft Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014.

Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse

Apr 7, 2014

Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse

Roll Call

This year, food security is set to suffer another big setback, and the culprit could not be cuter: honeybees. Last winter, America’s beekeeping industry lost nearly half of all its bee colonies. And the numbers keep falling.

Apr 7, 2014

15th Street Monthly Meeting Minute on the TPP

Read the 15th Street Monthly Meeting's Minute on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Ukraine Crisis Underscores Need for Renewables Push

Apr 7, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Underscores Need for Renewables Push

CNN

At the heart of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is the question of energy independence and energy security. Energy wars are real and they will continue to dominate our geopolitical agenda for the coming years unless the United States and its allies decide to act.

A Budget for Working America

Apr 4, 2014

A Budget for Working America

The Hill

To hear corporate America tell it, our economic recovery is going great. The top 1 percent of earners saw their incomes grow by 31.4 percent from 2009-2012. Oil companies are seeing record profits. Unfortunately, that’s not the recovery — or the economy — working people are seeing.

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