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Update Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing on Reducing the Risk of Mass Atrocities 

The bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chaired by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) held a second hearing in a series on preventing mass atrocities.

Event A Friend in Washington explores art, faith, and advocacy at FCNL  

Welling Hall will present her gun violence sculptures and give an artist talk “Art Transforming Violence” on November 14, 2018, in the Quaker Welcome Center.

Legislative Ask Support the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act  

The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violence, resulting in the forced displacement of millions, and generating 80 percent of humanitarian need. The United States must act to peacefully reduce and prevent violent conflict.

Update The Economic Cost of Violence 

In addition to causing immense human suffering, violent conflict has a substantial financial cost. It is in the economic interests of the United States to switch from a policy of military intervention to one of conflict prevention.

Letter 14 Organizations Urge Secretary Mattis to Keep Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute 

Fourteen NGO and faith organizations urge Defense Secretary Mattis to keep the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), which develops doctrine, training, and research on the protection of civilians, foreign humanitarian assistance, and stability operations.

Letter 23 Organizations Call on Congress to Fund Conflict Prevention 

Twenty-three faith-based and humanitarian organizations urge robust funding for the international affairs budget including programs that prevent violent conflict, mitigate atrocities and protect civilians.

Press Release FCNL Hails Congressional Push to Reverse Trump Administration’s Palestinian Aid Cuts 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) hailed new bicameral efforts to press the Trump administration to reverse its decision to eliminate all U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Background Five Reasons to Support the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act  

S.3368, H.R.5273

Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), William Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) have introduced the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act (S.3368, H.R. 5273). The bill is designed to improve U.S. capacity to reduce and address the causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility. The legislation would:

Background Summary: Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act 

S.3368, H.R.5273

Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA) and Paul Cook (R-CA) have introduced the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act (S.3368, H.R. 5273). The bill will:

Background Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act  

S. 3368, H.R. 5273

World-wide levels of violence are at a 25-year peak, undercutting stability, reversing development gains, and spurring a global migration crisis not seen since World War II. For the first time in history, violence has surpassed natural disasters as the main driver behind forced displacement.

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