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  1. Update Why We Tell Our Stories: Speaking Truth to Power About the Realities of War 

    In the face of nationwide political crises, it can be hard to feel like the voices and actions of any one person—much less my voice, or my actions—can make a difference. But FCNL’s 75-year history of advocacy shows that in fact, it is the work of individuals, of constituents bringing their stories to their members of Congress’ offices, that make change in Washington possible.

  2. Action Alert The Senate Must Protect Refugee Admissions 

    Recently, the New York Times reported that the White House is planning to resettle only 25,000 refugees— or fewer— next year. This would be the lowest number of refugees admitted since the program started in 1980. It is a serious abdication of our shared responsibility to protect vulnerable people and welcome those seeking refuge.

  3. Update Chairman Grassley Secures WH Support for Sentencing Reform 

    The White House has agreed to include sentencing reforms in the ongoing criminal justice reform negotiations.

  4. Legislative Ask Prevent War with North Korea 

    Cosponsor S. 2047/H.R. 4837

    Diplomacy with North Korea has produced the first specific, if limited, results—but the progress is fragile and slow. Harsh statements or miscalculations could lead to a devastating military conflict. We urge members of Congress to publicly support sustained, flexible, problem-solving engagement with North Korea that incrementally builds on smaller steps toward larger nonproliferation, security, and humanitarian breakthroughs.

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Statement FCNL Welcomes Grassley, Feinstein Leadership in Refugee Admissions Oversight 

This week, Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter to the administration urging a robust refugee consultation process.

Update Resources: Stop Yet Another Drastic Cut to Refugee Arrivals 

The administration is reportedly considering another drastic cut in refugee arrivals next fiscal year. Take action to ensure your members of Congress are weighing in.

Statement FCNL Submits Comment Opposing Citizenship Question in 2020 Census 

The Trump Administration has been seeking to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask respondents to indicate whether they are a citizen of the United States or not. The proposed rule would go through the Department of Commerce, and would change how the Census intakes information.

Advocacy Resource Interfaith Resource: Engage With Congress on Family Incarceration and Separation 

Congress has an important role to play to end family incarceration and separation. But right now, they are considering pouring billions of dollars into inhumane immigration enforcement, detention, and border militarization, while considering legislation that could incarcerate more families indefinitely.

Letter 62 Organizations Urge Senator McConnell's Leadership to Pass Elie Wiesel Act 

On August 1, 62 organizations issued a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging expedited Senate consideration of the House version of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R.3030).

Legislative Ask Tribal Provisions in the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act 

Native women experience violent crimes at significantly higher rates compared to other women in the United States. Most of these crimes involve non-Native perpetrators which tribes have limited jurisdiction over. While the federal government has jurisdiction in Indian Country, it lacks the resources to effectively prosecute crimes committed on tribal lands. Non-Native offenders regularly avoid prosecution for crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

Event Nagasaki Remembrance: Stories that Stir and our Work Today 

Thursday, August 9 6:15-8 PM EDT. Quaker Welcome Center in Washington, D.C.

Please join FCNL Friend in Washington Diana Roose at the Quaker Welcome Center on Thursday, August 9th as she speaks with Friends about the first interviews of Nagasaki survivors on this day of remembrance for Nagasaki.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Appoints New Foreign Policy Director 


Washington, DC (July 31, 2018) — The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today announced the appointment of Diana Ohlbaum as its Senior Strategist and Legislative Director of Foreign Policy.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Urges Lawmakers to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act  


Washington, DC (July 30, 2018) – The Quaker lobby, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) called on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (H.R. 6545). Led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), the bill seeks to expand protections to women victims of violence.

Update Congress Greenlights Trump’s Dangerous New Nuke 

Congress just passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act. In it, Congress approved the Trump administration’s request for a new submarine-launched “low-yield” nuclear warhead.

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