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  1. Update Ending the Illegal U.S. War in Yemen 

    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.

  2. Update John McCain – An Independent Voice 

    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.

  3. Update Bill to Reduce Global Violence Introduced in Senate 

    The Senate took an important step forward in support of conflict prevention with introduction of the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction (GFVR) Act, S.3368, on August 22.

  4. Press Release Civil Society Welcomes Bipartisan Senate Bill to Tackle Global Violence 

    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.

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Work with FCNL Legislative Representative for the Prevention of Violent Conflict 

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.

Update Florence Is Only the Beginning 

The effects of Hurricane Florence are still being felt, and already it is one of the most devastating weather events this country has ever experienced.

Background Destroyed in a Flash 73 Years Ago 

Question & Answer with Diana Wickes Roose

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.

Background A World Without War  

Quaker Welcome Center

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.

Background Young Adults Keep FCNL Buzzing in the Summer 

FCNL was buzzing with action this summer with 37 young adults working and learning with staff. They came either as summer interns, Advocacy Corps organizers, or Young Fellows.

Press Release America’s Hungriest and Poorest States Need Sustained Federal Support To Escape Cycles of Poverty and Hunger 

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.

Background Congress Backs New Trump Nuke 

Hidden deep in next year’s $717 billion national defense authorization bill was congressional approval and $65 million to fund a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead.

Background Minutes as a Shared Witness 

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.

Background The Journey to Peace is Paved with Persistence 

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.

Background Preventing Violence and Building Peace 

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).

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