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Update 2002 Iraq AUMF: Where Things Stand 

On Jan. 30, the House passed a repeal of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (2002 Iraq AUMF) as part of two measures intended to prevent the administration from going to war with Iran. Repealing this disastrous war authorization is a major victory, but it’s crucial that we maintain this momentum to end endless war.

Background Understanding Landmines 

On Jan. 31, the White House announced the Department of Defense’s new landmine policy, which lifts existing U.S. prohibitions against the use of landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula. The new policy will allow the Department of Defense to use, develop, produce, or otherwise acquire landmines anywhere in the world. Here’s what you need to know about landmines and this new policy.

Background What We're Reading on Ending Endless War 

We’ve assembled articles, reports, and coalition letters that provide important perspectives and highlight the wide range of support across the political spectrum for preventing war with Iran and repealing the 2002 Iraq War Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Letter 46 Groups Urge Congress to Repeal 2002 Iraq War Authorization 

The House will vote this Thursday on repeal of the 2002 Iraq War Authorization. On Jan. 27, FCNL joined a diverse group of organizations from across the ideological spectrum in sending a letter to Congress in support of repeal. Specifically, the groups urged representatives to vote for an amendment to H.R. 550, the Gold Medal Act of 2019. This amendment is nearly identical to Rep. Barbara Lee’s (CA-13) NDAA provision repealing the 2002 Iraq War Authorization, which the House passed last summer, as well as her standalone repeal bill, H.R. 2456.

Legislative Ask Repeal the 2002 Iraq War Authorization 

Congress Must Take Back War Powers

Seventeen years have passed since Congress adopted the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq, which served as the basis for U.S. military action against the Saddam Hussein regime.

Statement The Only America We Know Is an America at War 

As young adults, we only faintly remember what life was like before Sept. 11, if we remember at all. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, we have made it through elementary, middle, and high school. We’ve applied to colleges, finished our degrees, moved away from home, and entered the workforce—and the entire time, the U.S. has been carrying out military actions halfway across the world.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds House Rejection of War with Iran 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation welcomes the clear message sent by the House of Representatives last evening that war with Iran has not been authorized and attacks must cease. In a bipartisan vote of 224-194, the House invoked the War Powers Act, directing the president to terminate the use of the military to engage in hostilities in or against Iran. The Senate is expected to take up similar legislation as soon as next week.

Advocacy Resource War is Not the Answer 

MLK’s Words Endure as an Anti-War Sign

It was post-9/11, and Friends in Atlanta Friends Meeting wanted to publicly witness against war. Friends listened to their hearts’ stirrings during business meeting, and “War is Not the Answer” became the Meeting’s new yard sign.

Update Relentless Advocacy  

This year, Congress finally took important, bipartisan votes to end endless war. Despite growing recognition of the need to assert congressional authority over war, lawmakers ultimately failed to do so.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Global Fragility Act Inclusion in FY20 Spending Bills 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation praised the inclusion of the Global Fragility Act of 2019, unanimously passed by the House earlier this year, in the bipartisan federal funding package for fiscal 2020. The funding package deal is expected to be passed by Congress and signed into law shortly.

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