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Background Friends Discuss the Future of Quakerism 

In April, 225 Friends gathered online for the event, “The Future of Quakers.” The conversation focused on several queries, including what Friends have to offer during this pandemic and how inward transformation can grow prophetic ministries.

Background (Virtual) Spring Lobby Weekend 2020: Changing the Conversation on Climate 

In early March, when reports hit that the coronavirus was spreading throughout the country, we knew that FCNL had to shift our 500-person Spring Lobby Weekend from a physical event in Washington, DC, to a virtual gathering.

Background Sanctions and COVID-19 Are Changing Iran 

I have been fortunate to regularly travel to Iran since my childhood. I have seen how living conditions have improved and how social restrictions have gradually been loosened.

Background Wars and Weapons Will Not Save Us From COVID-19 

Seven hundred and fifty billion dollars. That’s roughly how much the United States is spending annually on weapons and war. About $35 billion of that is for nuclear weapons, which, in a best-case scenario, sit in holes in the ground and never get used.

Update When Racism Intersects with COVID-19 

While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, people of color are disproportionately impacted.

Inside the Greenhouse Inside the Greenhouse 

May 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.

Press Release Quaker Lobby to Continue Peace Effort Despite War Powers Veto 

Washington, DC – The Senate failed to override yesterday’s presidential veto of the Iran War Powers Resolution (S.J. Res. 68). While 49 senators voted to override the presidential veto, they failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed.

Update FCNL’s Priorities Process Builds Community and Drive to Act Among Friends 

The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop thousands of Quakers from conducting business with FCNL this March and April. 215 Meetings and Churches, as well as Yearly and Quarterly Meetings, chose to center their first virtual meetings for business on discerning FCNL’s legislative priorities for the 117th Congress.

Update Connected Crises: COVID-19 and Climate Change 

We are living in a time of concurrent global crises. There is the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of our minds. It is forcing us to stay home, constantly wash our hands, and wonder when this time of uncertainty will end. Despite this immediate threat, there is still the persistently looming climate crisis. While its presence may be less obvious, it continues to affect communities across the world.

Coronavirus — and red tape — are costing lives in Indian Country 

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the daily lives of most Americans in ways we have never imagined. For Indian Country, this crisis has shined a bright light on problems that have long existed – problems that not only make American Indian and Alaska Native communities particularly vulnerable to a health crisis of this scale, but are as old as the United States itself.

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