Right now, the Senate Judiciary Committee is negotiating their version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. This is a critical hurdle since the House passed its version (H.R. 1585) a few months ago.
Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) criticized the drastic reduction of refugees to be admitted for resettlement in the U.S. This follows the Trump administration’s announcement late yesterday to resettle only 18,0000 refugees in FY 2020 – the lowest in the 39-year history of the program.
As a Quaker organization committed to ending all wars, the Friends Committee on National Legislation calls on Turkey to immediately end its assault on northeastern Syria and urges the U.S. government to pursue a diplomatic solution to this quickly-deteriorating situation.
The administration is responding to a refugee crisis by creating a humanitarian one – separating families, jailing children, and deporting asylum seekers to their deaths. Congress has poured billions more into the machinery behind detention, deportation, and border militarization – yet the administration is overspending even with these inflated levels.
It was one year ago on Oct. 2 that Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered by agents of the Saudi Arabian government. In memory of the Washington Post journalist, advocacy groups held a press conference in front of the Saudi Embassy, demanding justice and calling on the U.S. to reevaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Our Middle East lobbyist, Hassan El-Tayyab, delivered the following remarks at the event:
The Quaker Welcome Center was envisioned as a venue for bipartisan dialogue and the promotion of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability. On Oct. 4, the space once again fulfilled that vision.
Washington, DC – Eight states now rank in the top ten as both the hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released government data. New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia were on both lists in 2017. Now, for 2018, Oklahoma has joined their ranks.
On Sept. 25, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Protecting America from Assault Weapons." FCNL submitted this statement in advance of the hearing, calling on Congress to mark up and pass the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (H.R. 1296).
FCNL constituents visited local congressional offices across the country this summer while Congress was home for the August recess. Working with staff from our Washington office, volunteers organized more than 129 lobby visits or in some cases just dropped by congressional offices.
The 1994 crime bill, formally known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, reframed the U.S. attitude towards criminal justice. Instead of compassion and rehabilitation, the focus shifted towards being “tough on crime.” Through numerous cuts and changes, the 1994 crime bill extended this “toughness” to the treatment of our incarcerated population. One target of the bill was education: After 1994, incarcerated individuals could no longer access Pell Grants.