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Background A Quaker in the Texas House of Representatives 

For 18 years, Lon Burnam was a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He is also a Quaker and a pacifist. In this QuakerSpeak video, he shares his story.

Update Impact of Government Surveillance on Muslim Americans and Communities of Color 

Edward Snowden’s WikiLeaks revelations sparked widespread media attention around NSA data collection and government surveillance

Letter FCNL Joins Faith and Human Rights Groups in Urging Congress to Vote No on the 2016 NDAA 

FCNL joins 13 other faith, human rights, and advocacy groups in a letter to Congress urging a “No” vote on the conference report for the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) over restrictive Guantanamo provisions.

Press Release 55 Representatives Support Negotiations to End Syrian Civil War 

Fifty-five members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama supporting international negotiations to end the civil war in Syria. The letter, led by Rep. Jim Himes (CT), calls on the President to use the full authority of his office to “convene international negotiations designed to stop the civil war in Syria.”

Background An Infrastructure for Peace 

To build peace, the U.S. needs to lead with responses that prevent, reduce, transform and help people recover from violence in all forms. Since 2001, FCNL has worked to move U.S. foreign policy in this direction. We have made progress: the U.S. now has some infrastructure in place to prevent violence and build peace. The rhetoric of peacebuilding is starting to penetrate.

Background The Illusion of Security 

Since 9/11, the U.S. has dramatically expanded its so-called security assistance programs, which provide training, support and weapons to armies and police forces around the world. Our country now provides military and police aid to more than 130 nations in an effort to combat violent extremism.

FCNL in the News On Visit to Kenya, President Obama Should Push for Change 

President Obama is set to visit his father's homeland, which no doubt will be meaningful for Mr. Obama and for Kenyans who share a special connection to this US president with ancestral roots in Kenya.

Update Creating the World We Seek 

Soon after I began as a Young Fellow at FCNL, President Obama announced a new war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State. Lacking congressional approval, the administration instead claimed that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a fourteen-year old authorization that consists of a mere sixty words, served as legal justification.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: The Illusion of Security 

Since 9/11, the U.S. has dramatically expanded its so-called security assistance programs, which provide training, support and weapons to armies and police forces around the world. Our country now provides military and police aid to more than 130 nations in an effort to combat violent extremism.

Update The Sun Goes Down on the Patriot Act 

Steps are being made to dismantle the mass surveillance infrastructure built in the “war on terror” era.

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