The protests calling for major changes to policing aren't dominating the headlines anymore, but this issue is far from resolved. Congress must take decisive action to address our deeply racist criminal justice system. Use this template to write a letter-to-the-editor in your local paper!
We’ve seen how creative advocacy like baking peace dove cookies and singing to senators has brought imagination, heart, and humanity to Friends’ advocacy with FCNL—and how it has led to major breakthroughs in relationship-building with members of Congress. FCNL’s July Quaker Changemakers event will elevate creative advocacy in a discussion about music and political change.
As we commemorate our 244th year as a nation this Fourth of July, we know that the struggle for equality and freedom is at a critical juncture. Ours is an unfinished democracy as we live with the legacy of slavery, white supremacy, institutional racism, and oppression. Far too many people today experience ongoing discrimination and hate based on race, religion, or ethnicity.
As organizations that are part of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) we are deeply concerned about the threatened Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank. Such an action would violate international law, formalize land theft, further entrench inequalities and the denial of Palestinian rights, intensify human suffering, and make realizing a just and lasting peace more difficult.
Be a part of Quaker advocacy that calls us to come together in Fierce Love as we work towards peace and justice. Join FCNL November 14-17, 2020 for Annual Meeting and the Quaker Public Policy Institute online!
Apex, North Carolina Advocacy Corps Organizer
Tanmai graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and anthropology. After graduating in 2018, she worked for a year as an anthropology teacher at a small liberal arts school in Yangon, Myanmar through a fellowship program with Volunteers in Asia (VIA).
Escondido, California Advocacy Corps Organizer
Nedy recently graduated from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Living in a border region and being a first-generation immigrant inspired her passion for advocating for immigrants’ rights and social justice. Nedy has trained undergraduate students about lobbying and advocacy through UCSD’s Legislative Advocacy Program. She is excited to continue building community and mobilizing youth.
Sewanee, Tennessee Advocacy Corps Organizer
Judith is in her final year of graduate school at the School of Theology in Sewanee, TN. She is pursuing a master’s in religion and the environment. She recently created a new role at the university as an eco-chaplain. Judith is passionate about the intersection of racial justice and climate justice and is eager to create spaces that allow people to lean into discomfort and “stay with the trouble.”
Greensboro, North Carolina Advocacy Corps Organizer
Haydyn is a junior at Guilford College in Greensboro NC, majoring in community and justice studies. She is a passionate tutor and mentor of new refugees. Haydyn was engaged in climate justice with the Sunrise Movement. She also started a campus club to empower women. Haydyn is passionate about uplifting others by understanding the intersections of systemic oppression and engaging in movements that are dedicated to justice for all.
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