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Background State and Federal Responsibilities for Criminal Justice 

The judicial system divides responsibilities for prosecution and incarceration between the local, state, and federal levels. Advocacy and changes at each level are critical for ending mass incarceration.

Background DNA Testing and Incarceration 

Dozens of wrongly-convicted persons (including several on death row) have been exonerated of crimes. DNA testing has played an important role in a number of exonerations.

Background Moral and Practical Reasons to End the Death Penalty 

There are many reasons to end the use of the death penalty. Executing criminals does not effectively address the roots of violence in our society. It has not been shown to effectively deter the sorts of crimes for which it is applied. It does not restore lives destroyed by acts of violence.

Statement Powerful Beyond Measure: Trusting the Call to Leadership Exercising Our Citizenship 

Plenary Address to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Assuming there may be people in this Meeting who might find dissonance between Quakerism and leadership, consider three key practices of both our faith and of leadership: listening, trusting, and acting.

Work with FCNL Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship 

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship invites recent college and graduate school alumni to apply for six to nine-month fellowships with NGOs in Washington, D.C., focusing on arms control, peace, and international security issues. FCNL is one of the partner organizations that hosts Scoville Fellows.

Update Costs of War: By the Numbers 

On October 7, 2001, the United States officially began Operation Enduring Freedom and the war in Afghanistan. Almost 19 years later, the U.S. finds itself struggling to conclude two decades of relentless war that has cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives.

Background Native American Trust Fund: Massive Mismanagement 

Elouise Cobell has posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her advocacy for Native American self-determination and financial independence. FCNL lobbied Congress to approve the settlement in Cobell's lawsuit against the U.S. government to ensure Native Americans were paid for the income on land held in trust for them.

Nuclear Calendar 

Read a weekly update of national and international events related to nuclear weapons and proliferation issues, which is emailed to more than 14,000 people each week.

Background Edward F. Snyder Peace Award 

The Edward F. Snyder Award for National Legislative Leadership in Advancing Disarmament and Building Peace is presented annually to an outstanding member of Congress who has displayed leadership in advancing legislative priorities consistent with those advocated by the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Background The Origins of our Trust Responsibility Towards the Tribes 

The federal government has a general trust responsibility towards the tribes, meaning that it should look out for the welfare of tribal members. The general trust concept has become solidified in law and policy, and has become a keystone of decisions regarding American Indians reflected in congressional policies, executive branch directives and decisions, and judicial opinions.

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