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Action Alert Breaking: The Senate Voted to Make “Never Again” A Reality 

Fantastic news! The Senate passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S. 1158) with overwhelming bipartisan support!

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Senate for Passing Elie Wiesel Act, Preventing Genocide and Violent Conflict 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded the Senate for passing the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158). Named after Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, the bill ensures the U.S. government is equipped with the most constructive and cost-effective tools to address the root causes of violent conflict.

Press Release Senate Votes for Ending Illegal U.S. War in Yemen  

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) hailed today’s historic Senate vote to advance legislation ending American participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It calls on the Senate to immediately vote on final passage, and for the House to also take up this legislation and end illegal military involvement in Yemen’s civil war once and for all.

Update Breaking: The House Just Voted to Reduce Violence 

Last night the House of Representatives took a crucial, bipartisan step to reduce violent conflict by passing the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act!

Background Summary: Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, 

S.1158

Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, joined by Senator Thom Tillis and several others, introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158). The bill:

Letter 35 Organizations Call to Restore Humanitarian Access to North Korea 

FCNL joined with 34 other NGOs in calling on the State Department to resume allowing humanitarian organizations to access North Korea.

Update Americans Want Peace. The 116th Congress Should Listen. 

When asked what would be most effective in creating long-term peace, most Americans favor diplomacy and policy solutions over military intervention. The new Congress should heed constituent voices and invest in peacebuilding.

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.

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