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Event Thursdays with Friends 

Bi-Weekly Virtual Conversation

Thursdays with Friends is a new online conversation series brought to you during this period of great difficulty when we are isolated from our loved ones. It is a brief 30-minute community chat on issues that Quakers and people of faith are compelled to continue to work on, whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in.

Update Holding Black and Brown Lives in the Light 

José Woss, FCNL's legislative manager for criminal justice and election integrity, provides powerful testimony about the experience of living in America, coming to terms with its racial realities, and taking a stand for the generations to come.

Background The Rise of Ghost Guns—and What it Means for Gun Violence Prevention 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic set in, so-called “ghost guns” were already on the rise. Since then, we’ve seen an increase in these untraceable guns at crime scenes and mass shootings. The panic buying of guns due to COVID-19 further fuels this already troubling trend.

Update Racism is at the Heart of America’s Policing Problem 

The protests and conversations of the past couple months have laid bare a fact that Black and Brown Americans have known for decades: America has a policing problem. And that problem is firmly and undeniably rooted in racism,

Advocacy Resource Write a Letter-to-the-Editor and Call on Congress to Address Racism in Policing 

The protests calling for major changes to policing aren't dominating the headlines anymore, but this issue is far from resolved. Congress must take decisive action to address our deeply racist criminal justice system. Use this template to write a letter-to-the-editor in your local paper!

Background FCNL's Work on Landmines 

For decades, FCNL has worked to ban the use of landmines, which maim and kill indiscriminately, inflicting human suffering even long after conflict ends.

Event July Quaker Changemaker Event: Advocacy and the Arts 

Watch the Recording

We’ve seen how creative advocacy like baking peace dove cookies and singing to senators has brought imagination, heart, and humanity to Friends’ advocacy with FCNL—and how it has led to major breakthroughs in relationship-building with members of Congress. FCNL’s July Quaker Changemakers event will elevate creative advocacy in a discussion about music and political change.

Inside the Greenhouse Inside the Greenhouse 

July 2020

Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s environmental work, ways to engage members of Congress, and stories that impact our work.

Update An Unfinished Democracy 

As we commemorate our 244th year as a nation this Fourth of July, we know that the struggle for equality and freedom is at a critical juncture. Ours is an unfinished democracy as we live with the legacy of slavery, white supremacy, institutional racism, and oppression. Far too many people today experience ongoing discrimination and hate based on race, religion, or ethnicity.

Background An Occupying Force in Black and Brown Communities 

At the heart of the American policing problem is the increased militarization of the American police force. Simply put, police have become an occupying force in Black and Brown communities that do far more harm than good.

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