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Background Destroyed in a Flash 73 Years Ago 

Question & Answer with Diana Wickes Roose

On Aug. 6, 1945, Little Boy was dropped in Hiroshima. Three days later, U.S. planes dropped Fat Man in Nagasaki. We interviewed our current Friend in Washington, Diana Wickes Roose, who talked with several victims in Japan. In her June-August 2018 residency at FCNL, she wrote for a book on FCNL’s 75th anniversary and conducted research on the militarization of local police.

Background Congress Backs New Trump Nuke 

Hidden deep in next year’s $717 billion national defense authorization bill was congressional approval and $65 million to fund a new submarine-launched nuclear warhead.

Background Minutes as a Shared Witness 

When Quakers conduct business in a monthly meeting or church, it is done in worship. A minute is a record of a corporate decision reached during a meeting for worship, or for business, or the account of a single transaction in the written record of a meeting for business or committee.

Background The Journey to Peace is Paved with Persistence 

It has been 30 years since the U.S. Congress passed a law to address the prevention of atrocities. We hope to break this congressional silence soon with passage of the bipartisan Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018 (H.R. 3030/S.1158). Consideration before the full Senate is the next step after the bill was overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.

Background Preventing Violence and Building Peace 

Despite the saber-rattling and threats of war, the House of Representatives this summer quietly and overwhelmingly voted to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent violent conflicts that cause atrocities and genocide. It passed the Eli Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030). A similar bill awaits final passage in the Senate (S. 1158).

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Preventing Violence and Building Peace 

Despite the saber-rattling and threats of war, the House of Representatives this summer quietly and overwhelmingly voted to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent violent conflicts that cause atrocities and genocide. It passed the Eli Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030). A similar bill awaits final passage in the Senate (S. 1158).

Update Prevention Reduces Violence, Not Military Intervention 

Our country’s global war on terror has failed to reduce terrorism. Congress needs to fully invest in conflict prevention. This is the conclusion of a taskforce on extremism in fragile states which released an interim report early in September.

Update Peacebuilding in Action – On the Ground in Rwanda 

During my fellowship at FCNL, I learned about the importance of advocating for U.S. policies that promote peace building and the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict. Now I am on the ground in Rwanda to learn how they are working to rebuild and reconcile communities following the 1994 genocide, which killed between 500,000 and 1 million people.

Update Hungry Children Cannot Eat Warplanes 

Amid a Washington frenzied these past weeks over hurricanes, high-level convictions, tell-all books, and high-stakes nomination hearings, you might not have heard that Congress has just reached a final deal for a massive $717 billion Pentagon spending measure.

Update Bill to Reduce Global Violence Introduced in Senate 

The Senate took an important step forward in support of conflict prevention with introduction of the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction (GFVR) Act, S.3368, on August 22.

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