1. Update

What's Ahead in 2018 for Congress

Conference Call: January 23, 8 p.m. Eastern

What does the government shutdown and reopening mean for efforts to protect immigrants, help the most vulnerable people in our country, and advance peace and justice this year? How can the FCNL network act for policy change?

Action Steps

1. Contact Congress about post-shutdown priorities

With even more budget and spending conversations coming up in the next few weeks, and a looming February 8 deadline to keep the government open, your members of Congress need to hear about the urgent challenges facing our country.

2. Share your immigration story

Thousands of Dreamers have already lost their authorization to live and work in the U.S., and many thousands more will be at risk of detention or deportation. Congress needs to hear why immigrants make America stronger.

Key legislation: Dream Act (S. 1615) and more. Read the comparison.

3. Write a letter to the editor about North Korea

The Winter Olympics are one of the first promising signs of diplomatic openings with North Korea. Write a letter to the editor calling for sustained, intensive diplomacy with North Korea to avert the threat of a nuclear war.

Key legislation: Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea (S. 2047 / H.R. 4837)

4. Join or start an FCNL Advocacy Team

Advocacy Teams build relationships with their members of Congress, fostering champions for peace and justice. This year, Advocacy Teams are working to prevent war with North Korea.


Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.

Jim Cason

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals.