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Background Human Dignity: A Casualty of War 

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.

Statement Walking in the Light 

Plenary Address to Great Plains Yearly Meeting

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war We seek a society with equity and justice for all We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled We seek an earth restored

Update War at What Cost? 

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.

Update Ten Years Later: War Is (Still) Not the Answer 

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.

Background Quakers Know Prisons from the Inside Out 

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.

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.

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