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Legislative Ask Stop New Nuclear Missiles 

Reject funding for new “low-yield” and other warfighting nuclear weapons.

Ronald Reagan famously warned that, “A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought.” In the the 35 years since Reagan’s statement, the world has made important but insufficient progress in reducing nuclear dangers. Now, the Trump Administration is arguing, without any credible evidence, that other countries may think they could prevail in a limited nuclear exchange. As a result, the administration is looking to build new “low-yield” nuclear warheads for sea- and ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles. That’s on top of existing plans for a decades-long, trillion dollar-plus rebuild of Cold War-holdover nuclear forces.

Background Nuclear Weapons 

There is that of God in every person. The faith of Quakers is built entirely on this foundation. Nothing is more fundamental to FCNL’s search for a world free from war and for a society with equity and justice for all. Yet with a flash of light in 1945, humans brought into the world a new machine, the nuclear weapon, that through its unimaginably efficient destructive power equalizes and unifies humans in a humbling new way.

Legislative Ask Prevent War with North Korea 

Cosponsor S. 2047/H.R. 4837

Diplomacy with North Korea has produced the first specific, if limited, results—but the progress is fragile and slow. Harsh statements or miscalculations could lead to a devastating military conflict. We urge members of Congress to publicly support sustained, flexible, problem-solving engagement with North Korea that incrementally builds on smaller steps toward larger nonproliferation, security, and humanitarian breakthroughs.

Update Nagasaki Remembrance: Stories that Stir and our Work Today 

Thursday, August 9 6:15-8 PM EDT. Quaker Welcome Center in Washington, D.C.

On the anniversary of the Nagasaki Bombings, FCNL Friend in Washington Diana Roose spoke at the Quaker Welcome Center with Friends about the first interviews of Nagasaki survivors on this day of remembrance for Nagasaki.

Update Congress Greenlights Trump’s Dangerous New Nuke 

Congress just passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act. In it, Congress approved the Trump administration’s request for a new submarine-launched “low-yield” nuclear warhead.

Update Dismantling Racism in U.S. Foreign Policy 

A conversation with Salih Booker

On June 26, Salih Booker from the Center for International Policy led a stimulating conversation with FCNL’s staff and network on structural racism that permeates U.S. foreign policy.

Update Opposition Grows as Congress Votes Money for New Nukes 

The House and Senate voted in late June to build a new nuclear warhead that our military does not need and that make our world less safe. The debate over military policy and nuclear weapons spending bills provides a window into growing concerns among Democrats and Republicans over Congressional review of nuclear weapons policy.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Urges Support for U.S.-North Korea Agreement 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC (June 12, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today congratulated President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for taking the first step in ending the war in the Korean Peninsula.

Update Korea Talks – Progress and Now Comes the Hard Part 

The agreement President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signed in Singapore today to take steps toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a lasting peace agreement is a hopeful first step toward reducing the possibility of war.

Update Military Policy Bill Moves to the Senate 

Just before Memorial Day, the House passed its initial version of the bloated annual National Defense Authorization Act—the main military policy bill that Congress approves every year.

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