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Letter FCNL Helps Lead Organizations in Calling for More Peacebuilding Support 

FCNL, Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Search for Common Ground drafted a letter urging Congress to provide robust support for foreign assistance focused on preventing and mitigating conflict in a new COVID-19 supplemental funding package. The letter, which was signed by 69 other organizations, emphasizes that COVID-19 is not only a public health emergency, but also an economic crisis that could trigger conflict globally.

Press Release Dozens of Faith Groups Call for Immediate Senate Action on COVID-19 

Washington, DC – This morning, dozens of leaders of faith groups from across the religious spectrum released a series of videos urging the Senate to rise to the moment and pass their own version of the HEROES Act designed to further handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities of faith have become concerned that the longer the Senate delays in enacting another pandemic relief bill, the more people will suffer as benefits expire and states are forced to impose severe budget cuts. This will leave those deeply impacted by the COVID-19 economic impacts with little to no safety net.

Event Juneteenth Film Screening of "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" 

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Every election year, thousands of people of color are denied their right to vote due to tactics such as purged voter lists and voter ID laws. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic threatening our elections, voter suppression could become even worse—unless Congress takes action.

Event Changing Things from the Inside: Friends in Public Office 

June 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT | Online

You know that lobbying, writing letters to the editors, and emails to elected officials can influence what government does. Increasingly, though, Friends and those who share our concerns aren’t just lobbying for change – they’re making it themselves, by seeking elected office themselves.

Advocacy Resource Minute on Responding to the Police Violence Against People of Color 

Friends Meeting of Austin Minute on Responding to the Police Violence Against People of Color, June 2020.

Event Quaker Welcome Center: Open to Protesters 

June 6-7 | 12:00-6:00 p.m. EDT

The FCNL Quaker Welcome Center, located at 245 2nd St NE, will be open to provide hospitality to people participating in this weekend’s anti-racism protests, June 6-7.

Update The Legacy of Soldiers in the Streets 

Since Donald Trump threatened to use soldiers to quell the largely peaceful protests supporting our black siblings who have been victims of police brutality and institutional racism, I have been having trouble sleeping.

Statement Say No to Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank  

As a faith-based organization with a long history of advocating for peace in the Middle East, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) opposes Israel’s proposed annexation of Palestinian territory. We call on Congress to declare it will not recognize a unilateral assertion of Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian lands and that such annexation will irreparably harm the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Statement Racism and Whiteness 

Our hearts are broken as the fault lines of racism continue to be starkly exposed in the violence that ended the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and uncounted numbers of African Americans, not only in recent years but since Africans were first brought to this country as enslaved people.

Civil Society Recommendations on Implementation of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Act 

The Prevention and Protection Working Group, a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, anti-genocide, and peace organizations, provided a set of recommendations for a more effective and just implementation of the Elie Wiesel Act.

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