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Background Understanding Drones 

Drones have rapidly become one of the U.S. military's primary weapons as U.S. counterterrorism policy has gravitated toward methods that are more secretive, more lethal, and more removed from the battlefield. Here's what you need to know.

Advocacy Resource Letter Writing Project 

Here are some ideas to help you organize letter writing sessions at your meeting, church or group or to encourage Friends to write at home.

Advocacy Resource Interview: Ruth Flower on Lobbying 

Ruth Flower came to Quakerism and lobbying at virtually the same time because of a sense of justice and respect for people. She began lobbying as a volunteer with the Friends Committee on Legislation in California and came to Washington in the early 1980s to advocate for military spending cuts and investment in domestic programs.

Update A Case for Less use of Force 

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama discussed his administration’s Counterterrorism policy in a speech at the National Defense University. In a simultaneously impressive and disappointing display, the President spoke more candidly about the U.S. Counterterrorism policy, including the drones program, than he has yet to date.

Update Recognizing the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina? 

Native American Legislative Update

Lumbee members, who number some 55,000, have been pressing for federal recognition since 1888. Although Congress enacted legislation recognizing the Lumbee in 1956, the Act also inexplicably denied tribal members the privileges and immunities, financial benefits and services that are afforded to other federally-recognized tribes due to their status as Indians.

Update Iraq: The Lost Decade 

Anniversaries are often a time to look back and reflect. It was ten years ago today that the United States brought “shock and awe” to Iraq under the false pretenses of Iraqi involvement in 9/11 and possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Background Department of Justice Policy on Eagle Feathers 

Eagles hold a special significance for many Native Americans. Eagle feathers and other eagle parts are central to certain spiritual ceremonies, and they play an important role in Native American cultures. However, eagles are an endangered species.

Background Law of the Sea 

The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an international treaty that regulates all aspects of the oceans, preserving the seas as "commons" for all humanity and bringing a stable order to 70% of the world's surface. 

Background Federal Budget Glossary 

The federal budget determines when and how the government spends your tax dollars. Here's what you need to know.

Background How Does the Federal Government Budget? 

The federal government's budget process rarely matches the ideal. But the ins and outs of authorizing and appropriating funds often shape the money that gets spent. And that affects people's lives.

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