Today, Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Adam Smith (WA-09) announced that they will soon be introducing legislation to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen which has plunged it into the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
Standing up against torture shouldn’t be a cause for celebration; it should be a baseline. But in the post-9/11 United States, John McCain’s moral clarity that torture is wrong, always, was critical to creating a broader public conversation and consensus.
Over 40 Alliance for Peacebuilding members and partners welcome S. 3368, the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018, introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the United States Senate on August 22nd.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking a Legislative Representative for the Prevention of Violent Conflict to serve as the coordinator of the Prevention and Protection Working Group (PPWG). The PPWG is a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations dedicated to improving U.S. government policies and civilian capacities to reduce violent conflict, preventing mass atrocities, and protecting civilians threatened by such crises.
On Aug. 6, 1945, Little Boy was dropped in Hiroshima. Three days later, U.S. planes dropped Fat Man in Nagasaki. We interviewed our current Friend in Washington, Diana Wickes Roose, who talked with several victims in Japan. In her June-August 2018 residency at FCNL, she wrote for a book on FCNL’s 75th anniversary and conducted research on the militarization of local police.
Whether you live in D.C. or halfway across the country, we invite you to participate in the programs of the Quaker Welcome Center. In addition to these events, Witness Wednesdays provide lobbying training for visiting Friends as well as a time for silent meditation. The Quaker Welcome Center at 245 2nd Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, is your home in D.C.
Washington, DC (September 18, 2018) – Seven states ranked among the top ten hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released U.S. government data. The states are New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
When Quakers conduct business in a monthly meeting or church, it is done in worship. A minute is a record of a corporate decision reached during a meeting for worship, or for business, or the account of a single transaction in the written record of a meeting for business or committee.
It has been 30 years since the U.S. Congress passed a law to address the prevention of atrocities. We hope to break this congressional silence soon with passage of the bipartisan Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018 (H.R. 3030/S.1158). Consideration before the full Senate is the next step after the bill was overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.
Despite the saber-rattling and threats of war, the House of Representatives this summer quietly and overwhelmingly voted to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent violent conflicts that cause atrocities and genocide. It passed the Eli Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030). A similar bill awaits final passage in the Senate (S. 1158).