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  1. Love Thy Neighbor: Annual Meeting 2019 


    More than 400 Quakers and friends came together from across the country to engage in worship, listening, and advocacy as we lobbied together to end endless war!

  2. Update Building the Movement for a New Peaceful Foreign Policy  

    Annual Meeting 2019

    FCNL's senior strategist and legislative director for foreign policy, Diana Ohlbaum, delivered this address at Annual Meeting 2019.

  3. Action Alert You, Me, and 400 advocates on Capitol Hill: Let's lift our voices for peace! 

    This week, I am joining more than 400 Quakers and friends on Capitol Hill. We will be meeting with our legislators and their staff, urging them to act for peace by repealing the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) – the law that authorized the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

  4. Update Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Introduces War Powers Resolution at FCNL Advocacy Teams Summit 

    Annual Meeting 2019

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) joined members of FCNL’s Advocacy Teams to announce her new War Powers Reform Resolution.

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Background The World We Seek 

FCNL's Statement of Legislative Policy

This statement of policy embodies our convictions and provides the foundation for our work. It derives from careful discernment by Friends throughout the nation who have identified the fundamental vision that underlies our legislative actions.

Update Why Congress Needs to Reassert its Power to End Endless War 

Annual Meeting 2019

FCNL's legislative director on militarism and human rights, Heather Brandon-Smith, delivered this address at Annual Meeting 2019.

Sens. Gillibrand and Duckworth Call for Keeping 2002 Iraq AUMF Repeal in the NDAA  

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Tammy Duckworth (IL) wrote a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee leadership requesting that a provision to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq be included in the final National Defense Authorization Act for 2020.

Update A Day When Way Opened 

Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, something that had been permanent evaporated—and the impossible suddenly, stunningly, became real.

Update With Looming DACA Decision, Congress’s Spending Choices Are Even More Crucial 

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Nov. 12 regarding the future of 800,000 Dreamers living in limbo. While the Court weighs the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congress can keep the well-being of DACA recipients in mind in upcoming spending decisions.

Background Inside the Greenhouse 

November 2019

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.

Legislative Ask Support Repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF 

Congress must decide when the U.S. goes to war. Please urge Armed Services Committee leadership to include the House provision to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF in the final NDAA.

Update US Maximum Pressure Policy: Punishing the Poor and Ailing in Iran 

The Trump administration doubled down on its maximum pressure policy approach to Iran with new sanctions, this time targeting Iran’s construction sector, which—according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo— is under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Action Alert Urge Your Senators to Support Tax Credits for Working Families  

Right now, Congress is working to pass tax legislation that will benefit businesses, while continuing to leave low-income working families behind. Before they vote, your senators need to hear from you.

Event The Pendle Hill Quaker Institute: Practicing Our Heritage of Mysticism and Resistance 

Dec. 12-15, 2019 | Wallingford, PA

On Dec. 12-15, José Woss, FCNL’s Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity, will join other leaders at Pendle Hill’s Quaker Institute.

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