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Advocacy Resource Advocacy Teams Toolkit 

Advocacy Teams can find lobbying, media, and organizing resources and report back on their work.

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Quaker Vision. Collective Action.

Advocacy Teams are Quakers and friends from across the country who use their power as constituents to make change in Washington.

Update Essential Reforms to Mass Surveillance 

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill called the “USA FREEDOM Act” that purports to tackle mass surveillance—an issue that affects hundreds of millions of Americans. But the USA FREEDOM Act is not real reform. Instead of meaningfully restoring American civil liberties, it instead preserves bulk data collection and ultimately fails to end mass surveillance. Thankfully, the USA Freedom Act did not pass the Senate. If it had, it would have effectively solidified the NSA’s unconstitutional spying of Americans—again.

Statement Joint Quaker Statement on Burundi: Standing for Peace and Reconciliation 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation has been working for constructive U.S. policy in order to respond to grievances and prevent future violence in Burundi. Elections scheduled for this summer have proven to be flashpoint for violent conflict.

Update Updates on Education, Native Languages, and Children 

Bills moving on a new Indian education agency, language programs, early childhood education, a Commission on Native Children, and construction of schools.

Background Native Americans and Trusts 

If ever there were people with a right to claim “trust issues” throughout their history, it might be the indigenous people of this continent. The history of federal government promises and failures with respect to native peoples is long, shameful and involved. But resilient indigenous people are still here, seeking ways to take back inherent rights to manage their own affairs.

Letter Faith-Based Organizations Question Targeted Lethal Drones Program 

On May 15, 2015, FCNL led a group of faith-based organizations in sending President Barack Obama, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate a letter questioning the lethal use of drones.

Letter Over 1500 Organizations Urge Opposition to the TPP 

On May 15, 2015, FCNL led a group of faith-based organizations in sending President Barack Obama, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate a letter questioning the lethal use of drones.

Update WANTED: A Budget that Supports our Troops 

Members of Congress, who passed a budget resolution last week, claim that the budget supports our current and former service members in the military. They would point to a $24 billion per year increase in defense spending as evidence that they intend to do right by the troops. However, the details tell a very different story.

Update Spending Speaks Louder than Words 

Budgets send messages about what’s important to us. The federal budget that the Congress passed sends a strong and disappointing message about who we are as a people: “We are afraid, and we don’t take care of our own. “

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