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Washington, DC – Representative Tom Cole (OK-04) will receive the FCNL Justice Award today by the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) during their 80th Annual Meeting, taking place through November 19.

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The award will serve as a capstone during FCNL’s Annual Meeting and 80th anniversary celebration. More than 340 supporters and activists from some 43 states plus the District of Columbia are attending the meeting. They will lobby Congress for strong investments on three core accounts that fund peacebuilding—Atrocities Prevention, the Complex Crises Fund, and Reconciliation Programs—in the FY 2024 State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (H.R.4665/S.2438).

Participants will also be lobbying their lawmakers seeking a ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Gaza war.

“We are grateful to Congressman Cole for his long dedication to advancing justice and healing with Native communities. His dedication to advancing legislation for a more just and peaceful world and commitment to reaching across the aisle at a time of great division in our country is to be commended,” said FCNL General Secretary Bridget Moix. “We are honored to work with him on these issues of deep concern to the Quaker community and to recognize him with this award.”

Rep. Cole will accept the FCNL Justice Award on Thursday, November 16. The award recognizes members of Congress who have advanced policies to create a more just society and country, unapologetically recognizing the dignity of all people. He is being cited “for his bipartisan leadership to establish a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the U.S. and advance policies that honor tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.”

“I am honored to receive the 2023 Justice Award from the Friends Committee on National Legislation for my work on Native American issues. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to work on tribal issues, which are very personal to me and many others. Through continued work on legislation, including the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding Schools Policies Act, we can address the complicated history between Native American communities and the United States and begin to move forward,” said Rep. Cole.

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Tim McHugh

Timothy McHugh

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