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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.

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Legislative Ask Stop New Nuclear Missiles 

Reject funding for new “low-yield” and other warfighting nuclear weapons.

Ronald Reagan famously warned that, “A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought.” In the the 35 years since Reagan’s statement, the world has made important but insufficient progress in reducing nuclear dangers. Now, the Trump Administration is arguing, without any credible evidence, that other countries may think they could prevail in a limited nuclear exchange. As a result, the administration is looking to build new “low-yield” nuclear warheads for sea- and ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles. That’s on top of existing plans for a decades-long, trillion dollar-plus rebuild of Cold War-holdover nuclear forces.

Background Nuclear Weapons 

There is that of God in every person. The faith of Quakers is built entirely on this foundation. Nothing is more fundamental to FCNL’s search for a world free from war and for a society with equity and justice for all. Yet with a flash of light in 1945, humans brought into the world a new machine, the nuclear weapon, that through its unimaginably efficient destructive power equalizes and unifies humans in a humbling new way.

Legislative Ask Prevent War with North Korea 

Cosponsor S. 2047/H.R. 4837

Diplomacy with North Korea has produced the first specific, if limited, results—but the progress is fragile and slow. Harsh statements or miscalculations could lead to a devastating military conflict. We urge members of Congress to publicly support sustained, flexible, problem-solving engagement with North Korea that incrementally builds on smaller steps toward larger nonproliferation, security, and humanitarian breakthroughs.

Update Nagasaki Remembrance: Stories that Stir and our Work Today 

Thursday, August 9 6:15-8 PM EDT. Quaker Welcome Center in Washington, D.C.

On the anniversary of the Nagasaki Bombings, FCNL Friend in Washington Diana Roose spoke at the Quaker Welcome Center with Friends about the first interviews of Nagasaki survivors on this day of remembrance for Nagasaki.

Update Congress Greenlights Trump’s Dangerous New Nuke 

Congress just passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act. In it, Congress approved the Trump administration’s request for a new submarine-launched “low-yield” nuclear warhead.

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