2012 Sneak Peek at the Year Ahead
FCNL is going to be building on the success we've had this year by continuing to be bold, strategic, and relentless in the pursuit of our goals. Here's sneak peek of what we're plan to work on in some of our programs.
The Afghanistan program will be focusing on the progress of the newly minted Afghanistan-Pakistan study group and building congressional support for an end to the war during our Spring Lobby Day. See a more in depth description of our strategy.
Iran and Middle East
As threats against Iran escalate on the campaign trail here in the U.S. and speculation mounts that a covert war is already well underway, preventing a full-fledged war with Iran will be a top priority for FCNL’s work in 2012. See more about how FCNL plans to accomplish this.
Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict
The PPDC program will be working to protect funding for key conflict prevention programs, working with the newly minted interagency Atrocities Prevention Board, and educating Congress about the new Conflict Stabilization Operations Bureau. Read more about the future of this work here.
In the coming year, we will continue to emphasize the importance of U.S. support for community peacebuilding and diplomacy in Kenya as outlined in our recent policy brief. We’ll also work to continue connecting the concerns of Friends building peace in Kenyan communities to the capacities of the policymakers we work with here in Washington. Check out what we'll be doing as the Kenyan election approaches.
The recession - officially over - continues to spin out stories of workers being laid off, families losing their homes, and food pantries running out of food. In the coming year, we will work with our allies in the faith community, members of Congress and our grassroots networks to ensure that human needs programs are supported in the coming year. See more.
In Republican and Democratic offices in Congress, members agree that our immigration system is broken. The disagreements are all about the details - how many immigrants, what formulas are fair, and what to do about the people who are already here without visas. FCNL will be working to bridge the disagreements on the details by working with directly with congressional offices and building support on the grassroots.
FCNL will work throughout the year to make sure that funding for nuclear nonproliferation programs is maintained and that the budget for nuclear weapons and related delivery systems id decreased. We will also ratchet up pressure on key members of Congress to ratify the CTBT. Learn more about our work in 2012.
Cut the Pentagon: Our Nation's Checkbook
Congress is now on track to cut Pentagon spending by more than $900 billion in the next ten years. But Pentagon contractors and their supporters are pushing back, arguing that legislation now should be passed to reverse these cuts. FCNL will be mobilizing its grassroots network and pounding on doors in Congress to make sure they stay on track. Read more.
FCNL will continue its bold advocacy for Native Americans by advocating for provisions in the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act that promote justice for Native women are victims of domestic abuse. We will also be working to promote green energy programs in Indian Country. Find out more about our leadership on Native rights.
The Occupy Wall street movement has brought increased attention to the stark gap between rich and poor in this country. FCNL will be working to promote an equitable tax code that ensures that everyone pays their fair share. See how we think the debate in Congress on taxes will progress in the coming year.
We're going to need your help to meet our action goals this year. Keep checking our website for updates on key bills, sign up for our legislative action message, and see the latest legislative alerts on our online action center.