Jim Cason

Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy, Legislative Director for Foreign Policy


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. He also leads the lobbying of the foreign policy team.

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.

jimcason@fcnl.org

Articles by Jim Cason

Update President Calls for Big Increase in Pentagon Spending 

Congress Will Decide on Budget Priorities

President Donald Trump is proposing tens of billions of dollars in new Pentagon spending this year and next. But before the president’s proposals become real they will have to be voted on by Congress and that’s where you can make a difference.

Background Resources on Pentagon Spending 

The United States should not increase the military budget as some Congressional leaders are urging. Review four fact sheets on why a Pentagon spending increase will be a waste of funds and not make America any safer:

Action Alert Stop the Muslim Ban  

On January 27, President Trump signed an executive order suspending the refugee resettlement program and effectively banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S. Urge your members of Congress to support and vote for legislation to overturn this order.

Background More Republicans Questioning Refugee Order 

Dozens of Republican members of Congress are speaking out against President Trumps executive order on refugees. These members need encouragement to call on the president to rescind the executive order entirely.

Update Acting on Love Thy Neighbor 

LoveThyNeighbor (no exceptions) is more than a sign, bumper sticker or button, it’s a declaration to Congress that we reject attempts to divide us as a nation. Find out how to be a part of this work.

Update Questions for Trump's New Foreign Policy Team 

President-elect Trump's cabinet nominees will help set the direction of U.S. foreign policy going forward. They need to be able to answer serious questions about building a more peaceful world.

Update Community Lobby Day: Our Message to Congress 

It's looking unlikely that Congress will vote on Sentencing Reform this year. What should we be saying to them?

Now, more than ever, we need you. Now, more than ever, we need your advocacy, your voice. The election results may have made our work more difficult, but they’ve also made your relationships with your senators and representative more important than ever before.

Update The Election and Our Work 

What do the results of the election mean for FCNL's work in the days, months, and year ahead?

Update How Did Your Rep Vote on Endless War? 

War is not working. We know this much as we watch the carnage in Syria, the collapse of Afghanistan, the ongoing consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the spread of violent extremist attacks.

Action Alert Five Ways to Love Thy Neighbor 

As a country, we need to move from slogans to action. Here are five steps we can all take to help Congress act to make #LoveThyNeighbor more than a hashtag.