A strong majority of Homeland Security Advisory Council members voted to phase out private prisons, in a surprising dissent from the group’s draft recommendation to continue DHS use of private prisons.
Now, more than ever, we need you. Now, more than ever, we need your advocacy, your voice. The election results may have made our work more difficult, but they’ve also made your relationships with your senators and representative more important than ever before.
As we see how the political changes in Washington will affect people across the country, we know that motivating Congress to act is essential. That’s where you have power—to be persistent advocates for justice and peace with your members of Congress.
Royce Gay, spiritual advisor and grandson of Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief Crazy Horse, has traveled to Washington, DC from Standing Rock. He is here to speak directly to elected officials about the sacred lands, the peoples’ concerns regarding militarized police presence and actions at Standing Rock, as well as protecting the waters for present and future generations.
There’s a lot at stake in the next six months. The president-elect and
incoming congressional leaders have laid out their top priorities –
repealing the Affordable Care Act, deporting undocumented immigrants, waging war on ISIS, and more – and we have our work cut out for us to advance peace and justice.
20 organizations of the Pentagon Budget Campaign sent a letter to Congress opposing the unrequested $3.2 billion for the Pentagon in the FY17NDAA conference report. Win Without War drafted the letter, TCS supplied edits, Win Without War and PBC collected signatures, and Win Without War, National Taxpayers Union, and POGO sent the letter to the Hill Dec 1.
This week, more than twenty senators signed a letter urging appropriators to fully fund our nation's refugee resettlement program for the upcoming year. This funding is necessary to ensure that our government can continue to provide services for refugees already in this country, as well as for individuals and families yet to arrive.
Update: The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that they wouldn't grant the final easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline, blocking the pipeline from being completed. But this victory could be overturned by the Trump administration.
We are ready. Our lobbyists are ready. FCNL grassroots advocates are ready. In fact, we have already begun lobbying on the issues that will be front and center in the first 100 days of the new administration and the new Congress.
The question is not if President-elect Donald Trump will be faced with atrocities and genocide, but how will he respond in the face of violence and navigate existing and future political challenges, and—perhaps most importantly—to what extent will preventing conflicts before they begin be a policy priority?
On January 22, join us to hear firsthand about what the capital campaign means to FCNL and the future of Quaker advocacy. This local event welcomes everyone who wants to participate, and seeks to widens our network of supporters, local community leaders, and organizers.