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Washington Newsletter: 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).

This peacebuilding bill would not have been possible without the hard work of FCNL staff, Friends, and other advocates over the last six years. As a faith community, FCNL and its partners worked for this legislation because violence is wrong.

“Quakers have long advocated for structural transformation to build a more peaceful, just, and equitable world,” said Theo Sitther, FCNL’s Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding Policy. “We are thankful to all our advocates for supporting this work.”

Read the rest of this article, and the full Washington Newsletter for September 2018, below.

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).

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 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 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 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.

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 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.