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Washington Newsletter: Fierce Love Now and Forever

October 20, 2020


In these troubled times, it’s not surprising that people are anxious, gripped with uncertainty.

20,000 flags were set up at the COVID–19 Memorial Project’s Interfaith Memorial.

20,000 flags were set up at the COVID–19 Memorial Project’s Interfaith Memorial. FCNL / Matthew Paul D'Agostino

Consider this: the COVID-19 pandemic causing over 200,000 deaths in the United States; creating economic hardships and social isolation; tragic wildfires in western states; devastating flooding in southern states fueled by climate change; escalating political tensions; the controversial selection of a new Supreme Court justice; and systemic racism and economic inequality in a sharply divisive campaign season.

As an organization grounded in the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), our policies, priorities, and practices provide a bedrock for these times, a spiritual grounding in God’s fierce love.

For Quakers, the inward Spirit fuels outward action, and for FCNL that means we always have a way to exercise faith, hope, and love.

Each day, we practice hope as we advocate. Each day, we exercise faith as we build relationships to create community. Each day—and especially in these times—we know fierce love as we co-create the world we seek.

Our resolve, our faith to act has never been more important. Democracy in the United States is at stake right now.

The opportunity to pursue the aspirations and values we long for—equality, justice, peace, and an earth restored—requires us to act with fierce love. What does that fierce love look like?

You can read more of this article, and the rest of the September/October Washington Newsletter, below.

Background Fierce Love Now and Forever 

In these troubled times, it’s not surprising that people are anxious, gripped with uncertainty.

Background The Difficult Path to Changing Policing in America 

During FCNL’s Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute, Nov. 14-17, we will focus our legislative ask to changing policing in America.

Background The Voting Rights Act, 55 Years Later 

Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy. Yet for most of the history of our country, voting was a privilege that could easily be revoked for nothing more than the color of one’s skin.

Background New Young Fellows Join FCNL 

Seven new young adults joined FCNL staff as the 2020-2021 Young Fellows. During their fellowship, they will work as program assistants with FCNL staff to build their advocacy expertise.

Background Yes AND Vote on November 3! 

Amid the political turmoil, racial tensions, and global pandemic, it is difficult to know what lies ahead. For us young adults, this uncertainty makes it feel almost impossible to imagine what a November election will look like.

Background Learn about Quakers and Effective Lobbying 

We are pleased to offer two new resources that explore the Quaker grounding of FCNL’s advocacy. Whether you want to understand Quakerism better or to spend time reflecting on the relationship between your faith and political action, you will find a great deal to consider in these publications.

Background The Electoral College Should be Abolished 

Q&A with Esther Little Dove John

On July 6, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that states have the power to require presidential electors to vote for their party’s candidate for president. One of the plaintiffs as a “faithless elector,” was Esther Little Dove John, a member of the FCNL General Committee and from Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting.