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Washington Newsletter: Persistence + Resistance

July 2017

Today, much of this work is defensive as we advocate against attempts to gut environmental protections, ban refugees, cut funding for peacebuilding policies that prevent war, and destroy the safety net for those who fall through our country’s economic cracks. We are leading efforts to oppose Pentagon spending increases and tax cuts for the wealthiest people in our country at the expense of the health and well-being of millions.

Yet, as necessary as it is to work against dangerous policies, it isn’t sufficient. Even while we are opposing proposed policy changes, we are working for our principles and vision, upholding the idea that our government can and should protect freedom, opportunity, liberty, and justice for all. And, in this time of disorientation and disruption, we are finding new openings to advance peace and justice. Fresh voices and leaders are emerging—in our communities and in our political offices—who are heeding the urgent call to speak out and lead. FCNL’s approach to advocacy, based on listening and building relationships across difference, is encouraging members of Congress to reach across party lines.

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Update Persistence + Resistance 

These are challenging times for political life across the globe.

In the U.S., we have a president who has upset all norms of governing and the role of the United States in the world. Mired in ethical problems, the administration struggles to provide leadership, relying on appointees with limited governing experience. Thousands of government positions remain unfilled.

Update Federal Budget Priorities: Working for a Moral Budget 

Constituent advocacy can help stop disastrous budget decisions.

The House and Senate have spent months debating legislation that would leave upwards of 20 million people without health insurance in order to fund tax cuts for the richest people in the country.

Background Immigration & Refugee Policy: Treating Causes, Not Symptoms 

We advocate for policies that live up to our values: welcoming the stranger, advancing religious freedom, and helping those in need.

President Trump campaigned on getting tough on immigration. He promised to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall” and to ban Muslim immigrants from the U.S. Using the leverage of Congress and the courts, FCNL and other advocates have been pushing back.

Background Peacebuilding: People Over Politics 

Members of Congress are insisting that the U.S. needs to increase its investment in forward-looking efforts to prevent future violence.

FCNL has led efforts to resist the worst cuts to peacebuilding programs. We have also worked to stay focused—not chasing every headline, crisis, or tweet —so that we can be engaged when our action matters most.

Background Climate: Bipartisan Momentum Grows in Congress 

Members of Congress from both major parties are coming together to work for positive solutions.

Across the country, advocates are working with new urgency to advocate for bipartisan action to address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.