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Organizing Among Diasporas for Peace

At the inaugural Diaspora Organizer Gathering at Friends Place on Capitol Hill this fall, I spent four transformative days sharing, learning, and connecting with organizers from across the country. They were all there from different diaspora—communities who have been dispersed from their homelands—and activist backgrounds.

A Muslim and a Jew Walk into a Quaker Office: On Identity and Solidarity for Peace

Since the Israel-Palestine war began following the deadly attack by Hamas on Oct. 7, we have witnessed a dramatic rise in Islamophobic and antisemitic rhetoric and violence throughout the United States. Hadiya and Odeliya are colleagues and friends at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Hadiya is a Muslim American and Odeliya is an Israeli Jew. This rising tide of hate is something that they can’t ignore—as individuals or as advocates for peace.

Cohort of 2023-2024 Advocacy Corps members following a meeting on capitol hill

Advocacy Corps 2023-2024

Meet the 2023-2024 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers. These young adults from around the United States will be advocating for Congress to build safer communities by investing in violence interrupters.

Building an Intergenerational Movement to End Gun Violence

Sometimes advocating for preventing gun violence can seem challenging and, frankly, a bit lonely. So, the opportunity to spend time with more than 300 young and motivated people who came to Washington, D.C., to lobby for dedicated funding for Community Violence Interrupters was refreshing.

FCNL Young Adults Call on Congress to Stop Community Violence

Every day, 321 people are shot in the United States. For decades policymakers have debated how to address the scourge of gun violence, often defaulting to a militarized police response. This solution has repeatedly failed, with sometimes fatal consequences. We need a new way forward, and a promising solution does exist. That’s where FCNL’s network of young adult advocates comes in.