E-News: Put Your Action on the Map
August 14, 2012
In Concord, NH, a letter to the editor in the Concord Monitor stated that “America is strong enough for real discussion of budget priorities.”
In Florida, an FCNL supporter talked with Senator Nelson about Pentagon spending at a lunch.
In Arizona, people dropped information at Rep. Frank’s office about why Pentagon spending cuts matter.
And in Illinois, a meeting with Senator Durbin’s staff helped the senator see support for efforts to ensure the Pentagon pays its fair share of efforts to reduce the federal debt.
These are just some of the actions you’ve taken to keep cuts to the Pentagon budget on the national agenda. Are you on the map? You can add your letter to the editor, lobby visit, information drop-off, or event to the map, or send it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Escalating Threats of Israeli Attack on Iran. Retired security officials in Israel are again expressing concern that Israel’s leaders might be planning a military attack on Iran. Take action and contact your senators.
- Making Budget Pie: FCNL staff member Sandy Robson (center) and General Committee member Deb Fink (back right) taught Young Friends about the budget at Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative). Learn more and bake your own budget pie.
- Human Dignity: A Casualty of War. In the latest issue of FCNL’s Washington Newsletter, lobbyist and Iraq War veteran Matt Southworth writes about how his experiences on the battlefield led him to FCNL. Also check out articles on U.S. responses to the Arab Awakening, escalating tensions in Kenya, new ways the U.S. is working to prevent genocide, and more.
- FCNL in Your Neighborhood! Meeting in person with members of Congress or their staff is the most effective way to sway their opinions. Throughout the summer, FCNL staff and volunteers have been leading lobby trainings around the country at Quaker yearly meetings and other events.
This week, former program assistant Christine Haider spoke at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center in central California, staff members Alicia McBride and Cassidy Regan attended New England Yearly Meeting, and I was at the Earlham School of Religion for a conference on Quaker leadership. But there’s more: find out about upcoming events and lobby trainings coming up in Fort Worth, Texas and Fonda, New York.
- Voting Counts. Program Assistant Christine Letts is from Pennsylvania, a state that has enacted new voter ID restrictions. She reflects on what it means to her that some people could be denied their right to vote this year.
Former FCNL Executive Secretary Joe Volk stopped at Bob & Carolyn's log house on mountain while on a bike trip through Northern California. Bob Alpern is a former FCNL field secretary and retired head of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Washington office. Carolyn is the sculptor M.C. Carolyn.