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FCNL Statement on the Racist Mass Shooting in Jacksonville

On August 26, 2023, a gunman took the lives of three Black people in a racist attack in Jacksonville, FL. FCNL holds their communities and families in the Light as they grieve this horrific loss. We also recognize and affirm that thoughts and prayers do not atone for inaction—not on racism, not on white supremacy, and not on gun violence.

We Need Migration Policies that Recognize the Humanity of All People

The American Friends Service Committee and the Friends Committee on National Legislation, institutions guided by the tenets of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), seek policies that uplift that of God in every human being. As such, we adamantly oppose the Secure the Border Act of 2023 (H.R. 2).

The Enduring Power of Peacebuilding

Amid calls for more weapons to win battlefield victories, we affirm the enduring power of building peace through peaceful means. We urge robust, persistent, and creative diplomacy and peacebuilding to bring about a just and durable solution to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

When Will Congress Act to End Gun Violence?

We are heartbroken over the Monterey Park violence. We grieve as we hold in the Light all those who were killed and wounded in yet another mass shooting in our country.

Imagining a New United States

As we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are reminded of what the nonviolent icon said 56 years ago: “The Triple Evils of poverty, racism, and militarism are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils.’

The Winner So Far: Democracy

We may not know all the winners of the November 8 elections – or even which party will control the House and Senate — for several days, even weeks. Yet so far, the election has been a victory for the democratic process.