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Background Native American Legislative Update 

August 2020

Welcome to FCNL's Native American Legislative Update! The NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL's Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage your members of Congress. FCNL's Congressional Advocate for Native American policy is Kerri Colfer (Tlingit).

Press Release Quaker Lobby Continues to Oppose Opening ANWR to Development 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) reiterates its opposition to the Interior Department’s decision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas leasing, the first step toward drilling in one of the last pieces of untouched land in the United States.

Update Sick and Tired of Tragedies at the Hands of Police 

Jacob Blake. Another name in the long list of Black men and women shot by police. This time a father, security guard, and a sibling. He was shot multiple times while his children watched from the car. Just imagine being a small child and witnessing your father being gunned down by police. Thankfully, they did not take his life.

Event Annual Meeting 2020 Schedule 

November 14-17, 2020

This tentative schedule is subject to change as we confirm speakers and logistics. Please check back for updates as they become available.

Update On National Women’s Equality Day—Still Reaching for Our Democratic Ideals 

We are still becoming a full democracy. Not until August 26, 1920, when Congress adopted the nineteenth amendment prohibiting states from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex, could women cast a ballot.

Update FCNL Advocates Driving Change from Around the Country 

This has been a challenging season, but rather than let the ongoing health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 demobilize our advocacy, FCNL’s network of volunteer lobbyists around the country have expanded their efforts to shape government policy in large and small ways.

Legislative Ask No Fossil Fuel Bailout in COVID-19 Legislation 

As Congress continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers must oppose any legislation that contains a fossil fuel bailout.

Legislative Ask Pass a Carbon Pricing Bill 

The science is clear: climate change is real, is worsened by human activity, and will continue to harm our communities without significant action. Congress has a moral obligation to protect vulnerable communities and seriously address climate change in a bipartisan fashion.

Press Release 2020 Atrocities and Prevention Report Dismays Quaker Lobby 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) expressed disappointment over the recently-released global atrocities report from the State Department. The annual report, mandated by the 2018 Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Act, left numerous unanswered questions and completely avoided several vital subjects and trouble spots.

Update 100 Days of Silence from Secretary Esper on Landmines 

Today marks 100 days of stonewalling by the Secretary of Defense. On May 6, more than one hundred members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary Esper seeking clarification on the new U.S. landmine policy. Secretary Esper has not answered a single question.

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