Kate Gould

Legislative Director, Middle East Policy


Kate Gould

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.

Gould was profiled in 2015 as the “Quaker Lobbyist Behind the Iran Deal Fight,” by Congressional Quarterly, an outlet with readership that includes 95% of members of Congress. Kate's analysis on Middle East policy has been cited by The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, CNN, Reuters, AFP and other national outlets. Kate has appeared as an on-air analyst for various TV and radio programs, including the O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, The Thom Hartmann Show, The Real News Network and CCTV. She is a Political Partner at the Truman National Security Project, and serves as a board member of the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Before coming to FCNL, Kate taught Palestinian school teachers for AMIDEAST in the West Bank city of Hebron while coordinating a radio program on peacebuilding efforts at a joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank in Jerusalem. Kate also interned for Senator Jeff Merkley both in her hometown of Medford, Oregon and in his Washington, DC office. Kate is inspired every day by people she met in the Middle East who practice nonviolence in the face of so much violence: including protesters against settlements, therapists in Gaza treating children who have lived through three wars, or Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees who have started over (and often many times over) to make a new life. Kate is a member of the Friends Meeting of Washington.

kate@fcnl.org

Articles by Kate Gould

FCNL in the News Tea Party-Aligned Group Helping Push Congress To Debate U.S. Role In Yemen War 

And GOP leaders in the House who seek to defer to the Trump administration and avoid upsetting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other American partners invested in the war may attempt to prevent the vote from taking place altogether through arcane legislative maneuvers, said Kate Gould of the Friends Committee for National Legislation.

Action Alert Update: House Leadership May Block Vote on Saudi-Led War in Yemen but Your Rep Can Help 

UPDATE (10-26-17): We expect a vote on the House floor on H. Con. Res. 81 on Fri Nov 3rd. Call 1-877-429-0678 to urge your Rep. to cosponsor and vote in support of H.Con.Res. 81. UPDATE (10/9/17): We're hearing House leadership is trying to block this essential vote on the US-backed war in Yemen. Please call your Rep now (1-855-68 NO WAR) to urge him/her to cosponsor H. Con. Res. 81 and pressure the House to allow a vote on unauthorized US military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. A bipartisan group—Reps. Khanna (CA), Massie (KY), Pocan (WI) and Jones (NC)—has introduced legislation (H. Con. Res. 81) to withdraw all U.S. military support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Letter 16 Groups Urge Congress to Protect Iran Nuclear Deal, Prevent Backslide to War 

Trump Should Renew Waivers on Iran Sanctions on September 14th, Certify the Nuclear Deal to Congress on October 15th

WASHINGTON, DC -- In a new letter sent to members of the House of Representatives and Senate this morning, anti-war organizations representing tens of millions of Americans are urging Congress to do everything within their power as a co-equal branch of government to prevent Donald Trump from dismantling the Iran nuclear deal and putting the U.S. on a path to war with Iran.

Letter Urgent Need for UN Inquiry on Yemen 

FCNL+55 NGOs: UN Human Rights Council Should Demand Yemen Inquiry

Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Calling for the UN Human Rights Council to Launch an Independent Inquiry on Yemen:

Press Release House Votes to De-Fund U.S. Military Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen  

FCNL applauds House votes to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s civil war

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to end U.S. funding for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen. The House took this step by approving legislative language in a military policy bill that, if passed into law, would require the Trump administration to stop providing aerial refueling for Saudi and other coalition aircraft, intelligence sharing, and other forms of military support for this indiscriminate war that has killed thousands and plunged Yemen to the cusp of famine.

Press Release 47 Senators Say No to Weapons of Mass Starvation 

47 Senators voting against Saudi bomb sale sends clear message that Yemen war must end

FCNL applauds the 47 senators who voted today to block the sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. The growing Senate opposition to this sale sends a strong signal that U.S. backing for the Saudi-led coalition’s indiscriminate killing of civilians and de-facto blockade in Yemen must end.

Background Yemen War Emboldens Extremists 

The U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen is aiding AQAP and emboldening Iran

Who benefits from unconditional U.S. arms to Saudi Arabia? Experts caution that the U.S. approach to the Yemen war has given AQAP weapons flows, military support, and fodder for extremism, while emboldening Iran by driving rebel factions under Iranian control.

Action Alert Call Your Senators: Block Bombs to Saudi Arabia 

Your senators will vote the week of June 12 on whether to block bombs to Saudi Arabia, which are being used to kill civilians in Yemen. Your calls to the Senate are crucial to ensure the Senate sends a strong message to challenge this deadly war.

Kate Gould speaks at Urgent Yemen Briefing on Saudi Arabia Arms Sales 

Please join this important conference call to help prevent a further humanitarian disaster and mass famine from happening in Yemen and stop the U.S. from selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

Update Block U.S. Bombs to Saudi Arabia 

Tell Congress: Vote for SJ Res 42 and HJ Res 102 to block the bombs

Legislators are gearing up to block a bomb sale to Saudi Arabia. Blocking the sale would prevent the U.S. from aiding and abetting the bloodshed in Yemen that has killed over 10,000 Yemeni civilians and left 7 million Yemenis hungry.