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Block U.S. Bombs to Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2017-05-26 22:54
Legislators are gearing up to block a bomb sale to Saudi Arabia. Blocking the sale would prevent the U.S. from aiding and abetting the bloodshed in Yemen that has killed over 10,000 Yemeni civilians and left 7 million Yemenis hungry. We need your voice to compel your Senators to vote against this arms deal – and against U.S.-backed atrocities in Yemen.

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Proposed Budget Cuts Harm Public Health, Vulnerable Communities, and Our Climate

Fri, 2017-05-26 16:55
The President’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies would deeply hurt U.S. development of renewable energy, the ability to enforce US clean air and clean water laws, and efforts to address climate change.

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President’s Budget Proposal Fails Refugees, Betrays American Tradition of Welcome

Fri, 2017-05-26 16:55
The President’s proposed cuts to several refugee accounts would jeopardize the long-standing tradition of the U.S. welcoming vulnerable populations fleeing violence and persecution. In the midst of the worst global refugee crisis, by reducing our commitment to welcome refugees and cutting vital funding, will send a deeply troubling message to international partners in terms of the U.S. role in humanitarian assistance.

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The Trump Budget Would Wildly Inflate Already-Oversized Pentagon Spending

Fri, 2017-05-26 16:55
Make no mistake: this is a war budget, for today and for years to come. It would fund more of everything and anything the Pentagon wants, but it would slash the basic support many struggling Americans need.

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White House Budget Weakens U.S. Foreign Policy

Fri, 2017-05-26 16:55
The President’s first budget request to Congress further militarizes U.S. foreign policy. Trump’s FY18 budget makes the world a much more dangerous place by slashing diplomacy and development programs. In the name of cost saving and efficiency the White House is proposing to cut important programs that prevent violent conflict, build peace and save lives.

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DOJ to Funnel More Than $1 billion into Mass Incarceration

Fri, 2017-05-26 16:55
The President’s proposed budget recycles the same failed policies that have devastated communities. The Attorney General recently requested that federal prosecutors charge the highest provable offenses.

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Budget Request Entrenches Militarized and Punitive Immigration Policy

Fri, 2017-05-26 16:54
President Trump’s budget requests an additional $4.5 billion for unnecessary immigration enforcement expansion, a 23% increase over immigration enforcement spending in 2016. The request would exponentially increase the number of immigrants languishing in unjust detention and waste billions on a costly and dangerous expansion of immigration enforcement and border militarization.

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Trump's Budget Proposal Dismantles America's Safety Net, Funds Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

Fri, 2017-05-26 16:54
President Trump's budget request proposes one of the largest redistributions of public resources, cutting trillions from safety net program while instituting trillions of dollars in tax breaks that would primarily benefit the wealthiest people in America.

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Trump’s budget sacrifices diplomacy for bigger guns

Wed, 2017-05-24 16:39
"Theo Sitther, Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, told ThinkProgress he was worried about the impact this 'heavily militarized' budget would have on conflict resolution."

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The President's Budget Creates a More Dangerous World

Tue, 2017-05-23 16:15
In order to increase Pentagon spending and fund massive tax cuts for the wealthiest people in our country, the budget that President Trump proposes for fiscal year 2018 decimates programs that prevent violence, ensure clean air and water, and protect the health and well-being of millions.

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Tell Congress: Reject this Unconscionable Budget

Tue, 2017-05-23 16:15
President Trump’s budget presents a clear – and alarming – vision of our country’s future. Congress should reject this proposal to fund billions in new spending for war and tax cuts at the expense of the lives and well-being of families and communities.

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Earlham School of Religion Leadership Conference

Tue, 2017-05-23 10:09
The compelling urge to create new venues for service and ministry rises from deep within. FCNL's Diane Randall will give a keynote address at the conference.

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FCNL Opposes Two Enforcement-Only Immigration Bills

Tue, 2017-05-23 10:09
The House Judiciary Committee is marking up two bills (H.R. 2406 and H.R. 2407) that would expand immigration enforcement without offering necessary accompanying policy reforms to the U.S. immigration system.

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Your Senators Can Help Protect the Iran Deal

Tue, 2017-05-23 10:09
After two big victories for diplomacy, the Iran deal is still under threat from sanctions legislation. Show your senators the strength of the pro-diplomacy constituency by taking action today.

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Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act: According to the Experts

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:42
This J Street resource on Iran sanctions bill S. 722 cites diplomacy and national security experts who oppose the most dangerous provisions of the bill. Experts explain why they oppose the broad and mandatory sanctions (Section 4), the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization (Section 5), and interference with Iran deal transition day obligations (Section 8).

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What's the real value of U.S. foreign aid?

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:42
"According to the Friends Committee on National Legislation, prioritizing development would be 60 times less expensive than military intervention and the subsequent assistance required for helping nations rebuild in the aftermath."

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Summary: Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:42
Senators Ben Cardin, Todd Young, Thom Tillis, and several others have introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. The bill:

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Attorney General Sessions Escalates War on Drugs

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:42
Mr. Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to impose overly harsh mandatory minimum sentences on drug crimes further devastating communities that need help.

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What We're Reading on Yemen

Fri, 2017-05-19 21:12
On the eve on President Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, voices opposed to US complicity in the Saudi war in Yemen are multiplying. Sens. Todd Young and Chris Murphy spoke out on the House floor, Rep. Pocan spoke up in the pages of the Washington Post, and numerous experts published articles opposing the Saudi arms deals.

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Trump may be helping to create a famine in Yemen. Congress could stop him.

Fri, 2017-05-19 21:12
Representative Mark Pocan writes that U.S. arms sales to and military collaboration with Saudi Arabia are giving Saudi Arabia the green light to continue bombing and starving the Yemeni people. Rep. Pocan assures that "members of Congress will act swiftly, using every tool at our disposal — from blocking weapons shipments to forcing a debate and vote on U.S. military involvement in Yemen — to end this incomprehensible tragedy."

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