Jim Cason

Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy

Jim Cason

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals.

Among his activities, Jim has organized public events with members of Congress, led efforts to reach out beyond our existing base to draw new constituencies into FCNL's lobbying work and nurtured focused, strategic grassroots lobbying in key states and Congressional districts.

Jim comes to FCNL after more than 30 years working for social change as an activist, journalist, non-profit leader, and lobbyist. For eight years, Jim was the U.S. correspondent in Washington, DC for La Jornada, Mexico’s second largest daily circulation newspaper. Jim also worked as a Senior Editor for AllAfrica.com, the largest distributor of news and information about Africa in the world, a leader in providing web-based international news.

Previously, Jim was a research and writing fellow for the MacArthur Foundation, examining the role of U.S. development assistance in southern Africa, and he did several stints as a consultant to the United Nations researching the role of U.S. corporations in southern Africa. He has worked as a journalist, editor, and non-profit financial consultant.

In the 1980s, Jim served as Associate Director of the Africa Fund, developing anti-apartheid campaign materials, communications strategies, and framing issues for the organization. Among other tasks, Jim helped organize lobbying to pass the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 and work with the creative artists behind the Sun City project and Filmmakers United Against Apartheid. He was the Africa Fund staff responsible for supervision of a weekly television program broadcast on more than 60 PBS stations and directed the development and implementation of communications strategies behind campaigns such as Unlock Apartheid’s Jails and the One Person, One Vote Campaign.

He has served on the board of several national Africa organizations and worked as an adviser to a number of specific campaigns.

He is a graduate of Earlham College.


Articles by Jim Cason

Event Let’s Talk Climate Solutions with Rep. Costello  

May 22, 2019 | Recording Now Available

Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) has been key to the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s work to foster bipartisan climate change action in Congress. On May 22, he joined FCNL advocates for a special climate briefing.

Background Our Growing Advocacy Network 

Thousands of FCNL volunteer lobbyists from Florida to Alaska visited Congressional offices last year to lobby respectfully and in a non-partisan manner for the world we seek. You advocated to support sentencing reform, to support legislation to prevent atrocities, to oppose U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen, and to prevent cuts to the food stamps program.

Advocacy Resource New Congress. New Start. 

The 116th session of Congress—the most diverse in history—officially convenes today. It begins with the government still partially shut down and no single party controlling Congress.

Update Elections 2018: Get Your Candidates on the Record 

With only two weeks until Election Day, we are all hearing a lot from Congressional candidates in the news, on television, at town-halls and even on our doorsteps. That’s good news because it means they are listening closely to your concerns and you have unprecedented access to your future legislators.

Update John McCain – An Independent Voice 

Standing up against torture shouldn’t be a cause for celebration; it should be a baseline. But in the post-9/11 United States, John McCain’s moral clarity that torture is wrong, always, was critical to creating a broader public conversation and consensus.

Action Alert Ask your candidates about peace and justice 

This year’s midterm election couldn’t be more critical. Frustration and anger with the administration and Congress are fueling a sense of urgency in people to get off the sidelines and be active—as candidates, campaign volunteers, and advocates.

Update Support the Message that Torture is Wrong. Always. 

Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to move forward with the nomination of Gina Haspel for director of the CIA. As you may know, Gina Haspel has a record of overseeing torture by the CIA and destroying evidence related to the program.

Statement FCNL Condemns Senate Vote Confirming Gina Haspel for CIA  

On May 17, 2018, the Senate voted 54-45 to approve the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next director of the CIA. This vote is a set-back for our country and a dangerous endorsement of torture.

Action Alert The Senate Must Take a Stand Against Torture 

In May, the Senate has a chance to make a firm statement against torture. In the coming weeks, Gina Haspel, the president's pick to lead the CIA, will face hearings and confirmation vote. Ms. Haspel's record of overseeing torture and destroying the evidence makes her the wrong choice; urge your senators to oppose her confirmation.

Background North Korea: Diplomatic Openings and Giving Credit to Donald Trump 

At a time when South Korean President Moon Jae-in has carved out new openings for diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula, President Trump deserves credit for taking a risk for peace by agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Now, Congress needs to get off the sidelines and engage.