From the earliest days of their formation as the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers were imprisoned as they followed their evangelist leadings. Their crimes were blasphemy, public speaking, refusal to swear oaths, and disturbing the peace, among other distressing behaviors.
The judicial system divides responsibilities for prosecution and incarceration between the local, state, and federal levels. Advocacy and changes at each level are critical for ending mass incarceration.
There are many reasons to end the use of the death penalty. Executing
criminals does not effectively address the roots of violence in our
society. It has not been shown to effectively deter the sorts of crimes
for which it is applied. It does not restore lives destroyed by acts of
Assuming there may be people in this Meeting who might find dissonance between Quakerism and leadership, consider three key practices of both our faith and of leadership: listening, trusting, and acting.
Elouise Cobell has posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her advocacy for Native American self-determination and financial independence. FCNL lobbied Congress to approve the settlement in Cobell's lawsuit against the U.S. government to ensure Native Americans were paid for the income on land held in trust for them.
The Edward F. Snyder Award for National Legislative Leadership in Advancing Disarmament and Building Peace is presented annually to an outstanding member of Congress who has displayed leadership in advancing legislative priorities consistent with those advocated by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
The federal government has a general trust responsibility towards the tribes, meaning that it should look out for the welfare of tribal members. The general trust concept has become solidified in law and policy, and has become a keystone of decisions regarding American Indians reflected in congressional policies, executive branch directives and decisions, and judicial opinions.
FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects Quaker testimonies with legislation in the U.S. Congress and the administration.
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