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  1. Press Release FCNL Rejects New Government Rule to Slow Down Legal Immigration 

    Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed strong opposition against a rule released today by the Trump administration to penalize legal immigrants from securing a green card if they receive housing or food subsidies from the government.

  2. Update Here's Why I'm Hopeful 

    It has been one week since I said goodbye to the 20 young adult organizers who make up FCNL’s Advocacy Corps. After 10 days of training in Washington, DC, they are now in their communities organizing on a tragically relevant issue: gun violence.

  3. Event Criminal Justice Update: Restoring Dignity through Education  

    September 10 at 8:00 p.m. EDT | Conference Call

    On September 10, 2019, join José Woss, FCNL’s legislative manager for Criminal Justice, for a special briefing. Learn about upcoming opportunities to restore dignity and opportunity to people who are incarcerated, and actions you can take to advance political change.

  4. Update Nuclear Weapons: Dangerous, Expensive and Immoral 

    Written by Deanne Butterfield

    On August 6, 1945 the Japanese city of Hiroshima was annihilated in a flash by a single uranium bomb. It razed and burnt 70 percent of all buildings, killed an estimated 140,000 Japanese civilians and Korean laborers, irradiated the soil and plants, and brought increased rates of cancer and chronic disease among the survivors. A slightly larger plutonium bomb exploded over Nagasaki three days later, levelling the city and killing another 74,000.

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Background Carbon Pricing Legislation Comparisons 

Several different bills to put a price on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been introduced in the 116th Congress. This chart provides a detailed, side-by-side comparison of bills under consideration in the House and senate.

Climate Change is Now 

To say that last month was hot is an understatement.

Background FCNL's Carbon Pricing Principles 

By itself, pricing carbon emissions cannot solve climate change. However, it is a powerful tool we must consider as part of our toolbox. As the national dialogue on carbon pricing advances, these principles guide FCNL's advocacy.

Letter Peacebuilding Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Foreign Assistance Funding 

On August 9, FCNL and 44 other organizations in the Alliance for Peacebuilding sent a letter to House appropriators, urging them to protect funding for foreign assistance. The administration has attempted to freeze $4 billion of these congressionally-approved funds. This would impact the ability of the U.S. to prevent and manage conflict abroad.

Letter 39 Organizations Call on Congress to Honor Financial Commitments to UN 

On August 8, FCNL joined 38 other organizations in sending a letter to the chair and ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. The coalition of civil society groups urged them to support peace, diplomacy, and human rights by honoring U.S. financial commitments to the U.N.

What We're Writing on AUMF Repeal 

We've written extensively on the need to repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs. These collected resources reflect our stance on endless war, and our efforts to end it.

Update FCNL's Heather Brandon-Smith Offers Expert Testimony on the 2001 AUMF and Iran 

Tensions with Iran are running high. As the current standoff threatens to escalate into open hostilities, the administration has argued that the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) could be used to justify war with Iran.

Advocacy Corps Toolkit  

Resource page for Advocacy Corps Organizers

This year, 20 dedicated organizers will be working to organize their local communities around gun violence prevention.

Legislative Ask No More Blank Check for War 

Congress Must Decide When the U.S. Goes to War

Since 9/11, three U.S. presidents have used the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the 2002 Iraq AUMF to justify U.S. military action across the globe without congressional approval. According to public records, the 2001 AUMF has been used to justify 41 military operations in 19 countries.

Action Alert Now is the Time for Prayer and Action 

Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the lives lost and the communities devastated by three mass shootings in one week. This violence is sickening. And it is a reminder of the dangerous toll guns take in our country every day because of permissive gun laws.

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