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

Statement FCNL Opposes New Blank Check for War 

New Law Would Expand Presidential War Powers Without End Date

A bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Bob Corker (TN) and Tim Kaine (VA) introduced a bill in mid-April that would expand presidential war powers and allow the president to add new targeted groups and new geographic areas of operations. FCNL opposes the Authorization for Use of Military Force 2018 (AUMF 2018) which sets our country further down the path of endless and global war.

Statement John Bolton’s appointment to the White House is Dangerous  

FCNL is deeply disturbed by John Bolton’s appointment as the president’s national security adviser. FCNL opposed Mr. Bolton’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and we reject his policy prescriptions today.

Statement Congress Needs to Ask Hard Questions About U.S. Foreign Policy 

Ouster of Secretary of State Tillerson, appointments of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel cause for concern

The president’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson managed to add insult to the year of injury that has been visited on the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.

Update Pentagon Spending – Much Work Ahead 

Responding to Big Increases in Pentagon Spending

In our FCNL lobbying in Washington and around the country, we have demonstrated that both Democrats and Republicans can be moved to question why the Pentagon cannot account for its spending and acknowledge that our country cannot be defended by bullets alone.

Action Alert The Terrifying Truth 

The president who last night called for making our nuclear arsenal "so strong and so powerful" has the power to launch a nuclear strike on North Korea -- without provocation, without congressional influence, and without warning.

Update Responding to the State of the Union 

The State of the Union on January 30, 2018 laid out President Trump's plans and policies for the coming year. Here's how FCNL responded.

Update Congress Left Priorities Unfinished and Went Home 

Congress left for 2017 after rapidly passing a major tax overhaul and preventing a government shutdown for another month, leaving a number of “must do items” undone. These include:

Update Policy Bill Proposes $700 Billion Pentagon Budget, Rejects Efforts to Rein in Wars 

This week, Congress approved a policy bill that proposes a whopping $700 billion in Pentagon spending but rejects limits on the president’s authority to wage war around the world.

Action Alert Iran Nuclear Deal in Danger 

President Trump's escalating threats against diplomacy with Iran and against North Korea are propelling the U.S. toward military confrontations that are reckless, dangerous to U.S. security, and could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Update Comey Firing Raises Concerns 

Both Republicans and Democrats are questioning President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on May 9.