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  1. Update 50 Years After My Lai: A Personal Reflection 

    by Joe Volk, Executive Secretary Emeritus

    When I entered the army in June 1967, my Basic Combat Training unit was at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Early on, one of our drill sergeants, a “lifer” who had plenty of combat experience from the Korean War to Vietnam, marched our platoon out into a field.

  2. Statement Congress Needs to Ask Hard Questions About U.S. Foreign Policy 

    Ouster of Secretary of State Tillerson, appointments of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel cause for concern

    The president’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson managed to add insult to the year of injury that has been visited on the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.

  3. Press Release 25 Faith Organizations Push for Sentencing Reform in the House Judiciary 

    Twenty-five faith organizations sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee today calling for comprehensive criminal justice reform that includes sentencing reform.

  4. Statement Democratic National Committee Adopts Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the 2001 AUMF 

    On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the Democratic National Committee adopted a resolution supporting bipartisan efforts to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and calling on Congress to debate and vote on war.

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Press Release Civil Society Welcomes Bipartisan Legislation to Tackle Global Violence 

Thirty five Alliance for Peacebuilding members and partners welcome H.R. 5273, the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018, introduced by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) in the United States House of Representatives.

Update The Power of Young Voices 

Next Monday, nearly 500 young adults will swarm Capitol Hill to lobby their members of Congress on immigration reform, and I can hardly wait! Before they meet with Members of Congress and their staffs, they will have a weekend of training and briefings on the issue of immigration, the status of the debate in Washington, and how to get the most out of a lobby visit.

Update No More Gun Violence #EnoughIsEnough 

This morning, I put on my coat and joined FCNL staff on the sidewalk facing the Hart Senate Building. For 17 minutes, we joined the hundreds of thousands of school children, teachers, parents and allies all over the world who walked out of their classrooms and places of work, and with their bodies and voices, said enough is enough.

Montana Gathering of Friends Minute on Community Violence 

Minute passed by Montana Gathering of Friends on gun violence in 2018

Work with FCNL Legislative Director for Civil Liberties and Human Rights 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) seeks an experienced lobbyist to lead our Congressional advocacy to repeal the 2001 blanket authorization for war, require respect for human rights and the rule of law, and reduce armed U.S. interventions around the world. The Legislative Director for Civil Liberties and Human Rights will join our team of lobbyists who develop and lead strategies to advance our legislative priorities in Congress and with the administration.

Statement FCNL Supports Diplomatic Engagement with North Korea 

FCNL applauds President Trump for agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May. A summit alone is not a solution -- but it is a start.

Update Preventing Genocide: Difficult, but Imperative 

Report Back from a Mass Atrocity Simulation

The difficulty of preventing mass atrocities and genocide took on new meaning for me when I was part of a simulation at Vanderbilt University on the hypothetical risks of mass atrocities in Zimbabwe.

FCNL in the News US senators want vote to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war 

“Under this legislation, no longer would U.S. pilots serve as gas station attendants in the sky to refuel Saudi and UAE bombers that rein down terror on Yemeni men, women and children,” said Kate Gould, of the anti-war advocacy group Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Statement FCNL Submits Comments on Clean Power Plan Repeal 

The Clean Power plan was first proposed in June 2014 and represented the most ambitious step at the federal level to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Work with FCNL Digital Communications Manager 

6-Month Position

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the Quaker lobby in Washington, DC, seeks a Digital Communications Manager. This is a full-time, short-term position, with the possibility of a permanent position at the conclusion of the contract, which runs April 1 – September 30.

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