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Update As Congress Works on Another Emergency Coronavirus Package, More Must be Done to Protect the Vulnerable 

Following the passage of an $8 billion package earlier in the month, Congress just passed a second emergency bill aimed at addressing the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Background The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a Step in the Right Direction 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) will provide crucial assistance to individuals and communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak – particularly the most vulnerable members of our society. While this legislation does not include all of FCNL’s priorities, it is a vital step forward. Here are the main provisions of the bill:

Spring Lobby Weekend Resources and Downloads 

Access the resources, handouts, and downloads you will need to participate in Spring Lobby Weekend 2020.

Event Earth Day 2020 

April 22 at 12:00 p.m. EDT | Zoom Videoconference

Join us on April 22 for an online lobby training on carbon pricing to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day featuring Alicia Cannon from FCNL’s Sustainable Energy and Environment team.

Statement Staying Connected and Engaged During a Pandemic  

Like me, I know you are deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community and for people around the globe. I want to assure you that FCNL is in full operation – virtually – advocating for the world we seek, especially for those whose health and economic conditions make them even more vulnerable because of this pandemic.

Event “The Future of Quakers” with Marge Abbott and Liz Nicholson 

April 15 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT | Online

What gifts do we Quakers have to share with others in these harrowing times of injustice? How do we practice listening and attending to the Spirit within? In this conversation, we will discuss how everyday Friends are opening to the Spirit, deepening their connection to prophetic vision, and rekindling our history of radical witness in these times of unease, injustice and inequity.

Action Alert Congress Must Provide More Help During This Pandemic 

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to escalate, disrupting lives and fueling anxiety. As Congress responds, we must remind our elected leaders of their responsibility to act swiftly, with care and compassion, as they address the pandemic and its economic repercussions.

Event Webinar: A Faith Response to COVID-19 

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Congress is moving quickly to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet it is essential that legislation prioritizes the individuals most in need of assistance. Hear the latest update from what’s happening in Washington and what you can do. People of faith have a particularly important role to play in helping to shape congressional action.

Background For-Profit Corporations Have No Place in the Justice System 

In its 2019 session, the California State Legislature banned the state from entering into contracts with for-profit prisons, including for immigrant detention. As a Quaker organization, FCNL applauds this initiative. Private business interests have no place in the justice system. For-profit corporations exacerbate the horrific effects of detention felt by millions of people and families.

Letter Bipartisan Coalition Urges Congress to Reject Bill Limiting Military Withdrawal from Africa 

On March 4, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the U.S.–Africa Strategic Security Act (H.R. 6089), which would prevent the administration from using money meant to reduce the number of currently deployed U.S. troops in Africa. To lift the prohibition, the legislation would require unclassified reports to Congress on everything from the impact of the withdrawal on countering armed insurgents to its effects on growing Russian and Chinese influence.

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