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  1. Background Responding to the Coronavirus 

    The coronavirus pandemic is a generational threat, and its impacts will be felt by all of us. But know this: Our work for peace and justice will go on. Here’s how we will continue our advocacy in the face of COVID-19 and how you can join us.

  2. Press Release FCNL Congratulates House on Savanna’s Act and Not Invisible Act Passage 

    Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded yesterday’s passage of both Savanna’s Act (H. R. 2733) and the Not Invisible Act of 2019 (H.R.2438) by the full House of Representatives.

  3. Statement The Path Towards Positive Peace 

    2020 International Day of Peace

    As we confront systemic racism, climate change, an economic crisis, sharpening political divisions and the threat of a pandemic, I welcome the International Day of Peace as an opportunity to reflect and recommit to global cooperation and peace.

  4. Update Climate-Exacerbated Disasters Underscore the Need for Climate Legislation 

    The news the past few weeks has been hard, as we learn about climate-exacerbated disaster after disaster – from Hurricane Laura, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the United States, to the massive wildfires raging across the West, to record breaking temperatures across the Southwest. The impacts of these events are worsened by historic and ongoing racism, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Event Quakers Changing Government: Past, Present, and Future 

Online | Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Where does Quakers’ call to lobby for peace and justice come from? What do those origins have to say to Friends carrying their concerns into the world today?

Press Release Hunger and Poverty Gains Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic 

Washington, DC – The Census Bureau and Agriculture Department recently released data showing gains were made throughout 2019 in alleviating poverty and hunger in the United States. However, these gains have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With both Houses of Congress about to leave for elections, Congress should urgently pass another COVID-19 relief package before hunger and poverty worsen throughout the country.

Update Top 10 Poorest States in the U.S. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the national poverty rate was 10.5% percent or 34 million Americans in 2019. These states and territories have the highest percentages of poverty in the country: Puerto Rico, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Update Top 10 Hungriest States in the U.S.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 11.1 percent of American households experienced hunger in 2019. These states have the highest percentages of American households who experienced hunger: Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas.

Press Release Faith Leaders Hold 12-Hour Virtual Prayer Vigil for COVID Relief 

Washington, DC – The Washington Interfaith Staff Community (WISC) and faith leaders from across the United States are holding a virtual 12-hour prayer vigil today to urge Members of Congress to pass a robust COVID relief bill that helps families before leaving Washington, D.C. for the elections. The vigil will be live streamed on the Facebook pages of Friends Committee on National Legislation and Bread for the World.

Native American Legislaive Update September 2020: Native American Legislative Update 

Welcome to FCNL's Native American Legislative Update! The NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL's Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage your members of Congress. FCNL's Congressional Advocate for Native American policy is Kerri Colfer (Tlingit).

Update It’s Time for Congress to Put an End to U.S. Complicity in the Saudi-Led War on Yemen 

It’s difficult to overstate the severity of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Update 75 Years Later, It's Time to Call for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons 

I am alive today because my grandmother grew up in Shiga, Japan instead of her mother’s home of Hiroshima. I am alive today because my grandfather happened to be away from his Nagasaki school visiting family in Kyoto on Aug. 9, 1945. My family—those who were not killed by the U.S. atomic bombings—collectively survived not one but two nuclear weapon attacks, the only ones in history.

Event Holding Candidates Accountable 

Online | Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Everyone is talking about the upcoming elections, and for good reason: We have the opportunity to elect lawmakers who will support us in Congress.

FCNL in the News Hassan El-Tayyab Joins WPFW to Discuss the Middle East 

FCNL's lead Middle East lobbyist, Hassan El-Tayyab, joined WPFW on Sept. 22 to discuss the recent Israeli peace deals and other developments in the Middle East.

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