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Supreme Court Allows Part of Muslim Ban to Go Into Effect

The Friends Committee on National Legislation is disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court decided to allow part of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect while it considers the broader Executive Order.

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Interfaith Health Care Town Hall and Worship Service

Access to affordable, quality health care should not and cannot be a privilege; it is a right rooted in faith to protect the life and dignity of every person. National Faith leaders are coming to Portland to support local efforts urging Senator Susan Collins to help save Medicaid and stop the passage of the new Senate health care bill (the Better Care Reconciliation Act) that would enact devastating cuts to Medicaid and leave millions without access to affordable, quality health care.

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Interfaith Health Care Town Hall and Worship Service

Access to affordable, quality health care should not and cannot be a privilege; it is a requirement rooted in faith to protect the life and dignity of every person. National Faith leaders are coming to Portland to support local efforts urging Senator Susan Collins to help save Medicaid and stop the passage of the Better Care Reconciliation act that was just proposed in the Senate.

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21 Organizations Urge Congress to Fully Fund the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Twenty-one organizations write to Congress in strong support of the request made by the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for $230,000 in the FY 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act to fund bipartisan staffing of the Commission.

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Alaska: Ask Senator Murkowski to Protect Medicaid

A message to Alaskans from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

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Nevada: Ask Senator Heller to Protect Medicaid

A message to Nevadans from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

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West Virginia: Ask Senator Capito to Protect Medicaid

A message to West Virginians from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

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Maine: Ask Senator Collins to Protect Medicaid

A message to Mainers from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

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Ohio: Ask Senator Portman to Protect Medicaid

A message to Ohioans from Executive Secretary Diane Randall

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FCNL Opposes House Anti-Refugee Legislation

Based on our commitment to honoring human dignity and assisting those experiencing hardship, FCNL opposes H.R. 2826 and all other policy proposals that would undermine refugee resettlement.

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Why the Paris Decision Matters, No Matter What Issue You Care About

On June 1, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United Stated from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Paris Agreement.

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The FCNL Experience: Lobbying on the Lawn

FCNL intern Hannah Misangyi shares her first time meeting a member of Congress.

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22 Organizations Urge Robust Conflict Prevention Funding

Twenty-two organizations write to the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to thank them for their leadership to ensure the continuation of critical conflict prevention and peacebuilding funding in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 as well as to express concerns for conflict prevention funding for Fiscal Year 2018 as proposed by the White House Budget Proposal.

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Interfaith Letter Delivery and Vigil

Join faith leaders from Cincinnati to tell Senator Portman that cutting Medicaid is unacceptable.

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The Importance of Building Relationships with Congress

Now that you’ve met with your congressional office and advocated, what can you do next? As a peacebuilding lobbyist, FCNL’s Theo Sitther has plenty of experience building relationships with politicians and their staff.

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Elections in Kenya – Recommendations to the US Government

Friends in Kenya are calling on the U.S. government to take early action to prevent violence in Kenya's upcoming presidential elections.

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Join an Advocacy Training Near You!

We're on the road giving you the skills you need to effect real, concrete change with Congress. We hope you can join us for a workshop in your area, as we launch new Advocacy Teams around the country.

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Stand up for Peaceful Protest in Palestine

For over a decade, Palestinian activist Issa Amro and his organization Youth Against Settlements have used nonviolent resistance to peacefully challenge the Israeli occupation in his hometown of Hebron. He now faces politically motivated charges designed to shut down his calls for Palestinian freedom and an end to occupation. Call now to stand with Issa!

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Resisting the export of war by Israel

Building peace Ending discrimination Palestine-Israel

Four months before the massacre in Srebrenica, where 8,000 Bosniaks were murdered, Israel contacted the Serb forces to offer them 500 sniper rifles and training free of charge. Even after the massacre, Israel continued its arms sales, including a sale of Lau missiles less than a month after the massacre.

250 exhibiting military companies. 48% of exhibitors are international companies. 15,000 visitors from across the globe. 86% of attendees have buying power. These are the highlights of ISDEF, Israel’s biggest arms and military technology exhibit. This year it took place on June 6th-8th, exactly the week of the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Golan Heights.

Wearing t-shirts reading, “Israeli military industries profit from the occupation" and carrying smartphone cameras and a banner, ten activists crashed the party to remind all the attendees that the Israeli military industry is exporting Israel’s occupation work. This disruption was part of a series of events challenging the Israeli military industry and their development, testing, and marketing of weapons at the expense of Palestinians, and the export of these to over 130 countries where these weapons further oppress people.

The Coalition of Women for Peace and AFSC brought together activists from all over the world to share their experience of being on the receiving end of Israeli arms, tactics, and trainings. In addition to meeting with activists, protesting outside of the ISDEF exhibit, and the disruption, we organized a shadow conference to speak about what the true human cost of these arms industries are to both Palestinians and oppressed peoples around the world.

The Israeli Arava Cargo plane was used by Mexican, Argentinean, and Guatemalan governments during the “Dirty wars” in these countries, to kill and disappear dissidents by dropping them into the ocean in what became known as “death flights." 

An activist from Bosnia spoke about the Israeli sale of arms to the Serb forces during the massacres in the 1995. A researcher from Arizona spoke of Israel’s role in the militarization of the US-Mexico border, and the growing humanitarian crisis there. Black activists from the U.S. spoke about how Israel trains police forces who later attack and criminalize their communities. South Africans spoke about Israel’s sale of arms to Apartheid South Africa, and the current oppression of student protests. A member of the favelas movement in Rio De Janeiro spoke about the Israeli weapons used against those in the favelas by the most deadly police force in the world. A Palestinian human rights advocate from Gaza was video conferenced in to talk about Israeli drones and bombings of Gaza, as well as the surveillance technology used to maintain the siege on Gaza. Many more from Palestine, Argentina, Colombia, the U.S., the U.K., Holland, Israel, and South Korea, added to the conversation about Israel’s military ties to their countries, but more importantly, how they resist it.

The main theme that emerged at the shadow conference was the constant state of war we are all told we live in, and the realization that there’s an entire industry dependent on these never-ending wars. The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on crime, the war on immigration…None of these are wars. None of these have an end point. This is the time we live in, the time of everlasting, low-key wars against an invisible enemy, against people all around us, against us. This war is fought through control, and those who manufacture methods of control are profiting from it endlessly. When the entire stock market crashed after Trump's election in the U.S., only the arms industry stocks went up – this is not a coincidence. While we lose, there are those who gain. This is what we were protesting, this is what we were talking about, and this is what we will continue to resist. 

A Bipartisan Success Story

Bob Schultz is on a mission. He is determined to help build bipartisan congressional support for action on climate change, which he believes is the greatest moral issue of our time.

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