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Statement Stop all Construction of Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation repudiates the statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States government regards all Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory as legal. FCNL supports the right of Israelis and Palestinians to self-determination and security in their own homeland.

Update Building the Movement for a New Peaceful Foreign Policy  

Annual Meeting 2019

FCNL's senior strategist and legislative director for foreign policy, Diana Ohlbaum, delivered this address at Annual Meeting 2019.

Update A Day When Way Opened 

Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, something that had been permanent evaporated—and the impossible suddenly, stunningly, became real.

Update FCNL’s Shukria Dellawar Tells Congress Why It Should Pass the Afghan WIN Act 

On Oct. 23, FCNL’s legislative representative for the prevention of violent conflict, Shukria Dellawar, spoke at a congressional briefing titled, “Afghanistan: Giving Women a Seat at the Table.”

Legislative Ask Support the Global Fragility Act  

H.R.2116/S.727

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.

Letter End American Participation in the War in Yemen with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020  

Over forty prominent Americans agree: Now is the time to end U.S. involvement in the Yemeni Civil War. The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides a crucial chance to end our complicity in Yemen, and FCNL joined activists and former government officials in calling on Congress to seize that opportunity.

Letter FCNL and More Than 100 Other Organizations Call for Commitments to Peace 

Sept. 21 marks the International Day of Peace, which was established in 1981 by a unanimous resolution in the U.N.’s General Assembly. To mark the day, FCNL joined over 100 peacebuilding organizations from around the world in issuing a statement to U.N. member states that brings attention to peace concerns.

Letter Peacebuilding Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Foreign Assistance Funding 

On August 9, FCNL and more than 40 other organizations in the Alliance for Peacebuilding sent a letter to House appropriators, urging them to protect funding for foreign assistance. The administration has attempted to freeze $4 billion of these congressionally-approved funds. This would impact the ability of the U.S. to prevent and manage conflict abroad.

Letter 39 Organizations Call on Congress to Honor Financial Commitments to UN 

On August 8, FCNL joined 38 other organizations in sending a letter to the chair and ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. The coalition of civil society groups urged them to support peace, diplomacy, and human rights by honoring U.S. financial commitments to the U.N.

Background Invest in Conflict Prevention 

The world is considerably less peaceful today than a decade ago. Recurring wars around the world show we cannot wait until a crisis escalates to respond. Failing to address brewing conflicts early puts greater demand on the United States to pursue costly military interventions later on. Congress should take a proactive approach towards prevention by investing in U.S. capacity to prevent violence.

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