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End Systematic Abuse of Palestinian Youth in Israeli Military Detention

Thu, 2017-11-23 17:30
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) has introduced legislation that would prevent U.S. tax dollars from funding human rights abuses against Palestinian youth held under Israeli military detention. The bill would:

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Living With Disquiet

Wed, 2017-11-22 18:13
Where do the most vulnerable, oppressed, suppressed, and violated fit in to Congress’ picture of this nation and her people?

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Policy Bill Proposes $700 Billion Pentagon Budget, Rejects Efforts to Rein in Wars

Wed, 2017-11-22 18:13
This week, Congress approved a policy bill that proposes a whopping $700 billion in Pentagon spending but rejects limits on the president’s authority to wage war around the world.

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Inside the Greenhouse

Wed, 2017-11-22 18:13
Inside the Greenhouse is a monthly newsletter that provides insight into FCNL’s environmental work, discusses opportunities to engage members of Congress on environmental issues, and shares stories of your work around the country.

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Oppose the Senate Tax Bill

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:19
On November 16, the House passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut for millionaires and big corporations that leaves the rest of the country footing the bill. This bill is moving at breakneck speed. Urge your senators to vote "no."

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Living With Disquiet

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:27
In worship we have our neighbors to right and left, before and behind, yet the Eternal Presence is over all and beneath all. Worship does not consist in achieving a mental state of concentrated isolation from one’s fellow. But in the depth of common worship it is as if we found our separate lives were all one life, within whom we live and move and have our being. -Thomas Raymond Kelly

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FCNL Denounces Cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:27
On November 20, the Trump administration cancelled Temporary Protected Status for approximately 50,000 Haitians, effective July 22, 2019. FCNL denounces this decision, particularly given the ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, and a major cholera epidemic.

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2017 Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:27
Theo Sitther spoke at the 2017 Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference on a panel titled Financing Peacebuilding Work: State of Foundation and Government Funding. Theo spoke about the outlook on U.S. government funding for peacebuilding and the need to lobby Congress to increase support for peacebuilding.

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First "Quiet Conversation" at the Quaker Welcome Center

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:27
On Wednesday November 15th, the Quaker Welcome Center hosted a dialogue between two members of Congress on bipartisanship and addressing climate change.

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Virginia Faith Leaders Urge Rep. Goodlatte to Re-introduce Sentencing Reform

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:27
On Monday November 13th, the Friends Committee on National Legislation convened local faith leaders in Lynchburg, Virginia to call on Rep. Bob Goodlatte to re-introduce his 2015 Sentencing Reform Act.

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Don’t Dismantle Our Refugee Resettlement Program, Write 20 Members of Congress

Mon, 2017-11-20 18:32
Last week, 20 Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other administration officials expressing concerns over the president’s most recent refugee ban. Led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Chris Murphy (CT), this letter denounces the detrimental and immoral nature of the ban and requests specific information from the administration.

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End Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Youth

Mon, 2017-11-20 10:40
The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), would prevent U.S. tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian youth. The bill would:

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Conference Call: Diplomacy With Iran and North Korea

Sat, 2017-11-18 01:28
The administration has treated diplomacy with both Iran and North Korea as a second thought. If the U.S. wants to foster sustainable peace and prevent nuclear proliferation - or even nuclear war - the U.S. needs to try diplomacy instead.

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US support for Saudi war in Yemen soars under Trump

Fri, 2017-11-17 15:40
“This revelation should be a wake-up call to every policymaker and every American that this country is literally fueling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history,” said Kate Gould, a lobbyist with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker group. “The [United States] is operating these gas stations in the sky to fuel Saudi and UAE bombers as they rain down terror on Yemeni water and other sanitation infrastructure — the last safeguards Yemen has against these disease outbreaks sweeping the country.”

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Harmful Tax Plan Moving Quickly

Fri, 2017-11-17 15:40
The tax plan pushed by congressional leadership is moving a breakneck speed through Congress. This legislation would balloon the country's deficits by giving away massive tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations while threatening to make life more difficult for families and individuals struggling to get by.

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78 Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose the Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

Fri, 2017-11-17 01:18
On November 3, 2017, FCNL joined 78 organizations in sending a letter to Reps. Kevin Brady (TX) and Richard Neal (MA), respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. This letter called on the Chairman and Ranking Member to oppose an amendment in the tax reform bill that would repeal the Johnson Amendment.

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Tax Reform Fact Sheet

Fri, 2017-11-17 01:18
Leaders in the U.S. House recently released a tax plan that would dramatically shape tax and spending policy for decades to come. This tax plan is moving extremely rapidly. The House is expected to vote the week of November 13 and the Senate is expected to vote on its tax plan after Thanksgiving.

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45 Organizations Send Letter to Senate Calling for Impactful Surveillance Reform

Fri, 2017-11-17 01:18
On November 6, 2017, FCNL and forty-four other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for more comprehensive surveillance reform on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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Congress Must Weigh in to Protect Vulnerable Immigrants from Deportation Threat

Wed, 2017-11-15 14:40
FCNL opposes the administration’s decision to cancel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans and non-decision resulting in an inadequate automatic 6-month extension for Hondurans. We urge Congress to ensure that the administration is upholding the integrity of the TPS program so that individuals are not returned to harm and to pursue long overdue stability for our immigrant neighbors.

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COP23 in Germany Finds Consensus Minus One

Wed, 2017-11-15 14:40
The 23rd meeting of the Conference of Parties began on November 6th in Bonn, Germany to advance international climate action.

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