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Background Systems, Relationships, and History: Advocating for Peace Today 

Adapted from remarks delivered at the New Association of Friends Fall Gathering, September 2020.

Sept. 21 marks the International Day of Peace. What does it mean to work for peace, as our country and world face painful conflicts?

Update What Does Fierce Love Look Like?  

We asked Friends to reflect on the meaning of this year's Annual Meeting theme

These times call for love with an edge. Working for change today requires a ferocity and tenacity that colors the idea of love with the full range of its meanings. It is not passive, not necessarily nice or pretty. It is fierce.

Update On National Women’s Equality Day—Still Reaching for Our Democratic Ideals 

We are still becoming a full democracy. Not until August 26, 1920, when Congress adopted the nineteenth amendment prohibiting states from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex, could women cast a ballot.

Update FCNL Advocates Driving Change from Around the Country 

This has been a challenging season, but rather than let the ongoing health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 demobilize our advocacy, FCNL’s network of volunteer lobbyists around the country have expanded their efforts to shape government policy in large and small ways.

Update Online or Off, Spirit Weaves Us Together 

FCNL’s Domestic Policy Legislative Director Amelia Kegan preached these words two weeks ago to a Zoom room of North Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends during their virtual Annual Sessions:

Event Teaching Advocacy 

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Children and young adults are heading back to school amid enormous challenges and questions about the health of our democracy. How are they learning to be effective advocates and changemakers as part of their education?

Background New Organizers Push for Immigration Reform 

FCNL is proud to introduce the 2020-2021 Advocacy Corps. These 20 young people will advocate for immigration reform from August 2020 to May 2021. The organizers will engage their local communities, build relationships with members of Congress, and advance FCNL’s work towards peace and justice.

Background The Pipelines of Police Militarization 

One of the keys to reforming police is to turn off the pipelines that are fueling the growing militarization of local enforcement agencies.

Background Quakers, Race, and Police Brutality 

Friends across the country are speaking out against racism and police violence. Here, we excerpt some of the minutes and statements that they have shared with us.

Background Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement  

Adopted by the FCNL General Committee in 2015

At FCNL, we embrace having a multitude of voices and talents working together to strengthen our impact in the world. In keeping with the Quaker testimony of equality, we strive to be an organization that welcomes, values, and respects the different perspectives of every individual.

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