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FCNL in the News Trump’s budget sacrifices diplomacy for bigger guns 

"Theo Sitther, Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, told ThinkProgress he was worried about the impact this 'heavily militarized' budget would have on conflict resolution."

FCNL in the News What's the real value of U.S. foreign aid? 

"According to the Friends Committee on National Legislation, prioritizing development would be 60 times less expensive than military intervention and the subsequent assistance required for helping nations rebuild in the aftermath."

Action Alert Will Your Senator Speak Out to Prevent Atrocities and Genocide? 

The newly-introduced Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act will expand the U.S. government’s ability to stop violent conflict before it starts.

Background Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act 

S.1158, H.R.3030

Preventing genocide and mass atrocities advances U.S. national security interests, saves taxpayer dollars, and saves lives. As Syria demonstrates, the outbreak of atrocities leads to significant consequences, feeding into the possibility for repeated cycles of violence. The outbreak of such violence also undermines American leadership, values, and economic interests.

Statement Organizational Statement of Support 

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158, H.R.3030)

The following is a statement of support for the Elie Wiesel Act from dozens of national and state-based nongovernmental organizations.

Background Five Reasons Congress Should Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 

S.1158, H.R.3030

Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, and their colleagues, and Representatives Ann Wagner, Joe Crowley, and their colleagues have introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act in the Senate and House of Representatives (S.1158, H.R.3030, respectively). The bills:

Statement Bipartisan Senate Bill Prioritizes Tools to Prevent Violence and Genocide 

Quaker Lobby Welcomes Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Washington, D.C. – Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), today introduced the bipartisan Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes this important legislation.

Update Three Things You Should Know About Peacebuilding Funding for 2017 

On May 5, Congress passed the FY 2017 spending bill funding the government through September. Despite President Trump’s request to cut funding for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency of International Development by nearly 30%, Congress fully funded peacebuilding accounts. Below are three victories for peacebuilding within the 2017 spending bill.

Letter NGOs Express Concern Over Weapons Sale to Nigerian Government 

A group of NGOs write to the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to convey their concerns regarding reports that the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to sell A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, with mounted machine guns and related parts and logistical support to the government of Nigeria.

Update Quaker Peacebuilding Efforts Before Kenya's Elections 

According to David Bucura, coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative, "Kenya is in tension and is hot in some places now. There is big tension before the elections.” AGLI is a project of the Friends Peace Teams which supports peace activities in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

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