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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects Quaker testimonies with legislation in the U.S. Congress and the administration.
FCNL has moved to telework!
The FCNL offices are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are lobbying online and by phone for the world we seek. Your engagement with Congress at this time is essential! Join us and become a monthly donor.