1. Update

Quaker Advocacy Through the Generations

A Family Tradition

By Sarah Holtsclaw, February 27, 2019


Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and multi-generational families joined us to lobby to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from cuts during FCNL's 2018 Annual Meeting. Friends have shared the practice of advocating for peace and social justice with every new generation.

To grow our power and light in Congress we must continue to share the vision of the world we seek with others.

I am continually struck by the passionate support Friends give FCNL, through tireless advocacy, engagement in governance, and financial support. I witnessed it first hand during FCNL’s 2018 Annual Meeting.

Like Neil and Michael Snarr, father and son members of FCNL’s general committee who lobby as family and with their entire community. The Snarrs bring the largest group to Spring Lobby Weekend each year. They introduced me to the Religious Society of Friends and supported my advocacy when I was a student at Wilmington College. This March, Neil’s granddaughters and another large delegation of Wilmington College students will lobby Congress for just immigration policy.

Michael and Neil Snarr lobby their Senators during Annual Meeting 2018.

Michael and Neil Snarr lobby their Senators.

I got to know Sarah Haber as a fellow Advocacy Corps member in 2017. This year I was honored to meet her mom, Chiyo Moriuchi, when the two attended Annual Meeting.

Grace Dodger, a high school student from North Carolina, impressed us all with her passion for advocacy. She is pictured below with her mom and grandad while lobbying during Annual Meeting.

Sarah Haber and Chiyo Moriuchi enjoying time together at Annual Meeting 2018
Sarah Haber and Chiyo Moriuchi enjoying time together at Annual Meeting 2018

[LEFT] Sarah and Chiyo enjoying time together at Annual Meeting 2018. [RIGHT] Three generations of Grace Dodge's family on Capitol Hill.

FCNL's Advocacy Teams also had a significant presence at this year’s gathering. Including these enthusiastic mother-daughter duos—15-year-old Elinor with Delcy Steffy, and Sarah and Julia Freeman-Woolpert. Sarah is one of our advocacy team trainers who can help launch a team in your community.

Advocacy Team members and mother-daughter duos—15-year-old Elinor with Delcy Steffy, and Sarah and Julia Freeman-Woolpert sharing in community during Annual Meeting 2018

Elinor and Delcy Steffy, Sarah and Julia Freeman-Woolpert sharing in community at Annual Meeting 2018.

To grow our power and light in Congress we must continue to share the vision of the world we seek with others. I am grateful to the Friends who introduced me to FCNL and the Religious Society of Friends. I hope that you will join me in continuing this tradition by sharing FCNL's work with others, especially those younger than us.

Sarah Holtsclaw

  • Program Assistant, Quaker Outreach

Sarah Holtsclaw serves as Quaker Outreach Young Fellow, working alongside Quaker Field Secretary Christine Ashley, to build and deepen Quaker engagement and advocacy from a spirit-led perspective. She empowers constituents to share their stories and build relationships with their Members of Congress through faith-based lobbying.