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  1. Update Congress Must Provide Global Response to COVID-19 

    In this season of gratitude, compassion and giving, we are reminded of the call to serve the least among us—a call that Congress must answer.

  2. Background Responding to the Coronavirus 

    The coronavirus pandemic is a generational threat, and its impacts will be felt by all of us. But know this: Our work for peace and justice will go on. Here’s how we will continue our advocacy in the face of COVID-19 and how you can join us.

  3. Event Fierce Love: Annual Meeting 2020 

    More than 800 Quakers and friends from across the country gathered virtually to engage in worship, listening, and advocacy as we lobbied together for strong action to address the crisis of racism, policy brutality, and the militarization of police!

  4. Background Elections 2020 

    This is an extraordinary election year: Political leaders have organized campaigns of voter intimidation, efforts to purge voter lists, campaigns to spread misinformation about the security of mail-in ballots, plans to reduce of the number of polling places, and other efforts, including by other countries, to sabotage our electoral process.

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Press Release Quaker Lobby Urges Biden to Reengage with Open Skies 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urged President-elect Joe Biden to work with the remaining parties of the Open Skies Treaty, an arms control agreement involving Russia, the U.S., and 32 other states, on preserving as many of the security benefits it provides for as possible. The Trump administration announced its intention to pull out of the treaty in May 2020 and that withdrawal took full effect on November 22.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Welcomes Afghanistan Troop Drawdown 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomed the recent announcement from Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller reducing military personnel in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by January 15, 2021.

Update Congress Must Deliver to Save the Postal Service 

Widespread mail and package delays continue to plague the nation as Americans bear the impact of major cost-cutting measures placed on the United States Postal Service (USPS) earlier this year.

Event Prepare to Drive Change in the New Congress  

December 9, 7:30 p.m. EST | Online

Are you ready to hit the ground running to advocate for peace and justice with the new Congress in 2021?

Press Release Quakers to Lobby for Justice in Policing Act 

Washington, DC – More than 800 advocates from 45 states joined the Quaker lobby, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), to lobby Congress on passing the Justice in Policing Act (H.R.7120/S.3912) as part of their 76th Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute.

Background Legislative Priorities for the 117th Congress 

Since the early days of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), God’s spirit has led Friends to be a prophetic witness and to take action in the world.

Update Advocacy Teams Make a Difference 

Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) thanked members of FCNL’s Advocacy Teams for the difference they have made in stopping war and promoting peace.

Update The Pervasiveness and Tenacity of Fierce Love 

This has indeed been a year of reckoning—of challenges so big and so constant we cannot turn away. Reckoning with the election; the coronavirus pandemic; systemic racism of our country; and the continued destruction of our planet.

Background Extending New START Protects the United States and Saves Billions 

Unless the U.S. and Russian governments agree to extend the New START treaty by Feb. 5, 2021, the last remaining limits on their nuclear weapons will expire. Dave Lawler of Axios reports “both sides have warned that without a deal, they're prepared for an arms race.”

Press Release Quaker Lobby Honors Trailblazing Legislators Gillibrand, Haaland 

Washington, DC – Two members of Congress will be honored during the Annual Meeting of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) November 14-17. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) will be honored with the Edward F. Snyder Award for Peace while Representative Deb Haaland (NM) will be given the FCNL Justice Award.

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