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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 presented her gun violence sculptures and gave an artist talk “Art Transforming Violence” on November 14, 2018, in the Quaker Welcome Center.

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.

Advocacy Resource “We get heard by listening”: FCNL Advocacy Teams Use Quiet Power to Make Noise in Washington  

The world of foreign policy can be noisy. In this interview, Anthony Wier, who leads FCNL's work on nuclear disarmament, explains how the quiet, behind-the-scenes work done by grassroots FCNL Advocacy Teams cuts through the noise on Capitol Hill.

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.

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