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Background Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) seeks a society with equity and justice for all. How does that translate into our legislative priorities and into the organizational culture of FCNL? How do we live into that vision and become an anti-racist organization?

Background I Am a Black, Latino Quaker 

George Floyd should be alive today. As should Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, and the hundreds of other Black women and men who recently died due to police brutality and racism.

Background We Cannot Afford to Sit Back as White Supremacy Wrecks Our Society 

The world changed following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black women and men. Millions of people were motivated to publicly protest these brutal murders and to proclaim that Black lives matter. Their deaths were the tipping point that roused the public’s conscience to confront racism publicly.

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update 

July 2020

Welcome to FCNL's Native American Legislative Update! The NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL's Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage your members of Congress. FCNL's Congressional Advocate for Native American policy is Kerri Colfer (Tlingit).

Update Progress Seems Impossible, Until It Isn’t 

Despite setbacks in the House and Senate FY21 defense authorization bill or NDAA, there are reasons to be hopeful.

Sometimes the mountain before us seems unscalable. But we persist in climbing it, and one day, we find ourselves at the peak.

Update Military Spending Continues to Spiral Out of Control Despite Progressive Efforts 

Early in 2017, in the first months of the Trump administration, Congress increased Pentagon spending by $15 billion over the levels of the outgoing Obama administration. The total—$634 billion— was more in inflation-adjusted terms than the United States spent at the height of the Vietnam War.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Commends House Passage of No BAN Act  

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised today’s long delayed full House passage of The No BAN Act (H.R. 2214) in a bipartisan 226-171 vote. The bill would repeal the Trump administration’s travel ban against Muslims and prohibit other travel bans based on race or religion.

Update The United States Needs National Use of Force Standards 

Every law enforcement agency across the country has what’s known as a “use of force standard” or “use of force continuum.” These regulations govern when officers can use force—and how much they’re permitted to use.

Update Three Wins in the House for Congressional War Powers 

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee took three important steps towards ending our endless wars and preventing a new war with Iran.

Background Invest in U.S. Contributions to International Organizations 

The United States supports the regular budget of the United Nations through the Contributions to International Organizations (CIO) account. This account also funds the work of more than 40 U.N. affiliated agencies as well non-U.N. multilateral organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization of American States (OAS).

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