The United States has waged war in Afghanistan for more than a decade, at a cost of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, with little progress toward peace. The Strategic Partnership Agreement that the U.S. and Afghanistan signed in May is unlikely to lead to positive outcomes.
This coming fiscal year, the United States is set to spend more than $640 billion dollars on the Pentagon and war, accounting for more than 60 percent of federal domestic spending. In excess of $85 billion of that will be spent on the war in Afghanistan alone.
The U.S. must adopt a policy which withdraws the military but doesn’t abandon Afghans. As of October 7th, the U.S. has been in Afghanistan for exactly ten years, a decade fraught with endless issues and ill-conceived policies.
From the earliest days of their formation as the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers were imprisoned as they followed their evangelist leadings. Their crimes were blasphemy, public speaking, refusal to swear oaths, and disturbing the peace, among other distressing behaviors.
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.
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
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.
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.
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