We face the most urgent threat of nuclear war in a generation as tensions rise with North Korea -- and we're working relentlessly on Capitol Hill and around the country to advance a different approach to North Korea.
Militarism permeates our society. Our nation’s budget is skewed towards the Pentagon, and local economies depend increasingly on military industries as contractors reap the benefits. Our government gives surplus military equipment to local police forces and then wrings its hands when police officers see their own communities as the enemy.
Today, U.S. taxpayers are giving as much money to the military as they did during the Vietnam War’s height. The Pentagon budget rivals military spending in the last years of the Cold War. And, unless we can change their minds, members of Congress are going to give the Pentagon even more.
The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force has provided three presidents with a blank check to wage war against anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world without congressional review or approval.
Friends have long sought to live, in the words of George Fox, “in the virtue of that life and power that [takes] away the occasion for all wars.” What does that commitment look like today, in a country that seems to be moving in the opposite direction?
On November 6, 2017, FCNL and forty-four other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for more comprehensive surveillance reform on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).