Friends Committee on National Legislation - FCNL

Friends Committee on National Legislation - FCNL FCNL is a national nonpartisan Quaker organization that lobbies for peace, justice, and the environment.
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“Knee-jerk reaction to curtail tribal jurisdiction [that] is not productive.” This is how the Cherokee Nation called the...
10/12/2020
EPA gives Oklahoma authority over many tribal environmental issues

“Knee-jerk reaction to curtail tribal jurisdiction [that] is not productive.” This is how the Cherokee Nation called the move by the Environmental Protection Agency to give Oklahoma oversight over environmental issues for the state's 38 federally recognized tribes.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning its oversight of a number of environmental issues on tribal lands over to the state of Oklahoma.

Today, Indigenous Peoples Day, we honor the Nacotchtank tribe on whose ancestral land the FCNL  headquarters stands. The...
10/12/2020
Columbus Day? Indigenous Peoples Day? What is Monday’s holiday all about? | WTOP

Today, Indigenous Peoples Day, we honor the Nacotchtank tribe on whose ancestral land the FCNL headquarters stands. They are also known as the Anacostans, who lived along the banks of the Anacostia River, including in several villages on Capitol Hill. By the 1700s, the Nacotchtank tribe had merged with others like the Pamunkey and the Piscataway. We thank the Nacotchtank people and their descendants as we bear witness and lobby in solidarity with Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

The question of what exactly we’re celebrating Monday has gotten more attention in recent years, but it has been going on for decades.

Grocery shopping is the least avoidable and one of the most ethically compromised activities in our lives. Our food is t...
10/11/2020
There’s No Such Thing as Ethical Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is the least avoidable and one of the most ethically compromised activities in our lives. Our food is the cheapest in the world because we import so much of it from places where things like labor and antibiotics are cheap. Not only that, we hunger for cheapness in our own shopping habits, forever seeking the great promotional deal.

“The Secret Life of Groceries” exposes the dark secrets of America’s food supply.

This year's election has thrown into stark relief the weaknesses of our democracy. This is why each of us has to vote --...
10/10/2020
Staying Engaged Through the Election

This year's election has thrown into stark relief the weaknesses of our democracy. This is why each of us has to vote -- and vote early if allowed. Don’t assume your family, friends, and neighbors will vote or have already voted. Ask them. Remind them.

The president of the United States refuses to say whether he will accept the result of the election, refuses to disavow armed white supremacist groups, and, in the midst of a pandemic, encourages efforts to make voting more difficult.

In the South, more than a third of Black-owned land is heirs’ property.This is a form of ownership in which descendants ...
10/10/2020
Black Landowners Will Benefit From New Funding to Prevent Land Loss

In the South, more than a third of Black-owned land is heirs’ property.This is a form of ownership in which descendants inherit an interest, like holding stock in a company. Their ownership is vulnerable to laws and loopholes that enable developers to buy them at below-market rates.

A year after a ProPublica story highlighted problems for landowners who passed down “heirs’ property” without wills, a reformer won a MacArthur “genius” award and a nonprofit organization has received a flood of donations.

Foreign governments have increased their efforts to influence the U.S. Congress. The usual suspects: China, Russia, and ...
10/09/2020
EXCLUSIVE: Intelligence chief briefed lawmakers of foreign influence threats to Congress

Foreign governments have increased their efforts to influence the U.S. Congress. The usual suspects: China, Russia, and Iran, with Beijing as the primary aggressor.

The nation’s top intelligence official briefed lawmakers last month that foreign influence campaigns targeting Congress were more expansive than previously known, but a lack of specifics has left some with questions

Negotiations between US and Russia early this week suggested that both countries might be able to come to terms on some ...
10/09/2020
WSJ News Exclusive | U.S., Russia Move Toward Outline of Nuclear Deal, Administration Says

Negotiations between US and Russia early this week suggested that both countries might be able to come to terms on some of the broad principles of a future nuclear treaty. A new framework accord would freeze US and Russian nuclear arsenal and outlines the basis for a detailed treaty to be negotiated in 2021.

U.S. and Russian negotiators made progress on a new framework accord that would freeze each side’s nuclear arsenal and outline the parameters for a detailed treaty that would be negotiated next year, a senior Trump administration official said.

Throughout his lifetime, George Floyd’s identity as a Black man exposed him to a gantlet of injustices that derailed, di...
10/08/2020
Injustice in life and oppression in death: How systemic racism shaped George Floyd’s life and hobbled his ambition

Throughout his lifetime, George Floyd’s identity as a Black man exposed him to a gantlet of injustices that derailed, diminished and ultimately destroyed him. The picture that emerges of his life is one that underscores how systemic racism has calcified within many of America’s institutions, creating sharply disparate outcomes in housing, education, the economy, law enforcement, and health care.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/george-floyd-america/systemic-racism/?itid=hp-top-table-high

George Floyd’s 46 years in America shows that it was shaped by the very forces people are protesting after his death — entrenched poverty, systemic racism, a broken criminal justice system and police violence.

"...truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our ...
10/08/2020
Dying in a Leadership Vacuum | NEJM

"...truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent," according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Editorial from The New England Journal of Medicine — Dying in a Leadership Vacuum

As the elections draws near, what is FCNL and its faith partners doing amid the voter suppression and intimidation campa...
10/08/2020

As the elections draws near, what is FCNL and its faith partners doing amid the voter suppression and intimidation campaigns? Join Diane Randall, Jose Woss, and Kameryn Point (Lumbee/Waccamaw Siouan) discuss "Our Elections, Our Democracy" on Thursday, Oct. 15. Register at https://fcnl.org/twf.

“Ideology is a big predictor of people’s attitudes about climate change, but tribalism is even more so,” says John Cook ...
10/07/2020
Covid, Climate and Denial

“Ideology is a big predictor of people’s attitudes about climate change, but tribalism is even more so,” says John Cook of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. "Leadership is crucial to changing attitudes and conquering denial."

Also this week, good reasons to find yourself a tailor.

Since 2018, data scientist Emily Gorcenski, has been exposing members of the far right and cataloguing white supremacist...
10/07/2020
The data scientist exposing US white supremacists: 'This is how you fight Nazis'

Since 2018, data scientist Emily Gorcenski, has been exposing members of the far right and cataloguing white supremacist violence through her site, First Vigil (first-vigil.com). She started the site after she was attacked during the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA. For her safety, she moved to Berlin after one of her attackers turned out to be an active service US marine.

After surviving far right violence in Charlottesville, Emily Gorcenski has tracked the Proud Boys and other extremist groups

More than 70,000 Guardsmen saw their units activated either in response to the COVID-19 pandemic or in support of local ...
10/06/2020
National Guard suicides went down in 2019. Now comes the trauma of 2020.

More than 70,000 Guardsmen saw their units activated either in response to the COVID-19 pandemic or in support of local law enforcement efforts to control nationwide protests. Some troops did both. They are now grappling with the stress of being out in the community during a deadly pandemic and the anxiety of possibly getting infected.

The National Guard's record-high 2018 suicide rate came down in 2019. Rather than declaring victory, officials are turning their attention to the stress of 2020.

Wildfires are a natural and important part of forest, grassland, and chaparral shrubland in the West. However, human act...
10/06/2020
California’s largest wildfire on record is now a million-acre "gigafire"

Wildfires are a natural and important part of forest, grassland, and chaparral shrubland in the West. However, human activity is making these wildfires worse at every step.

That’s due in part to climate change, which is leading to hotter, arid conditions that fuel larger wildfires.

The August Complex Fire in Northern California has now burned an area larger than Rhode Island.

October marks two years since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. It is not too late for Congress to a clear signal to Saudi ...
10/05/2020
We are Still Waiting on Justice for Jamal Khashoggi

October marks two years since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. It is not too late for Congress to a clear signal to Saudi Arabia that we want justice and accountability.

It has been two years since Jamal Khashoggi fatefully walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and was brutally murdered.

The unemployment rate in April was the highest since the Great Depression. While September’s jobs report showed continue...
10/05/2020
Six Months In, the Shape(s) of the Economic Crisis

The unemployment rate in April was the highest since the Great Depression. While September’s jobs report showed continued gains, there are still about twice as many people out of work now than before the pandemic.

Six months after the first coronavirus shutdowns went into effect across the United States, unemployment data is painting a picture of how quickly — or not — the economy is recovering from pandemic job losses.

"The good news for us now is the same as that experienced by early Friends, who were in turn inspired by the early Chris...
10/04/2020
The Fiery Forge of Polarization - Friends Journal

"The good news for us now is the same as that experienced by early Friends, who were in turn inspired by the early Christians: we can rise boldly through anything if we’re deeply in touch with Spirit and each other," writes George Lakey.

History shows that moments of political polarization are opportunities for change.

Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas make...
10/03/2020
Top 10 Hungriest States in the U.S.

Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas make up the Ten Hungriest States in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 11.1 percent of American households experienced hunger in 2019. These states have the highest percentages of American households who experienced hunger: Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Ca...

Schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools lagged behind the rest of the country in providing online in...
10/03/2020
The Federal Government Promised Native American Students Computers and Internet. Many Are Still Waiting.

Schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools lagged behind the rest of the country in providing online instruction after closing this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 45% of BIE schools offered digital learning for students, compared with 85% of public schools serving Native students.

Native American students in BIE operated schools were forced to start the school year without adequate technology, sometimes sharing a single computer among siblings, because the agency disbursed funding late and failed to purchase equipment in time.

The Trump administration continues to lower the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States. For FY21, i...
10/02/2020
FCNL Opposes Reduced Refugee Resettlement Number

The Trump administration continues to lower the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States. For FY21, it will be 15,000 refugees, the lowest so far in the program's history.

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) criticized the recent presidential recommendation of the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States for fiscal year 2021. The new number, 15,000 refugees, is nearly 20% lower than FY2020 while the number of refu...

Puerto Rico, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and South Carolina...
10/01/2020
Top 10 Poorest States in the U.S.

Puerto Rico, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and South Carolina are the Top Ten Poorest States/Territories in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, national poverty rate was 11.8% percent or 38.1 million Americans in 2018. These states have the highest percentages of poverty in the country: Puerto Rico, Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, District of Colombia, Okla...

10/01/2020
Thursdays with Friends Ep.13: The State of Native America

Today at 4 P.M. » Featuring special guest Kerri Colfer, FCNL Congressional Advocate for Native American Policy. As we prepare to observe Indigenous People's Day next month, she will provide an update on the crisis of missing and murdered Native women and girls and opportunities to advance policy solutions in what remains of the 116th Congress.

Learn more about Thursdays with Friends at www.fcnl.org/twf

10/01/2020

Today at 4 P.M. » Featuring special guest Kerri Colfer, FCNL Congressional Advocate for Native American Policy. As we prepare to observe Indigenous People's Day next month, she will provide an update on the crisis of missing and murdered Native women and girls and opportunities to advance policy solutions in what remains of the 116th Congress.

Learn more about Thursdays with Friends at www.fcnl.org/twf

Today marks the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. more than four out of five Native women have experienced...
10/01/2020
Help Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month This October

Today marks the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. more than four out of five Native women have experienced violence with more than half (55.5%) who have endured physical violence by an intimate partner. Over 90% of those committing such crimes against Native women are non-Native.

American Indians and Alaska Natives face some of the highest rates of domestic violence and often go without supportive services for safety, justice, and healing. As we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month, FCNL is joining the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, survivors of violence...

The gains we made in reducing hunger and poverty in 2019, showing that federal anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs wor...
09/30/2020
Hunger and Poverty Gains Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

The gains we made in reducing hunger and poverty in 2019, showing that federal anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs work. But the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped away so much of what we have achieved

Washington, DC – The Census Bureau and Agriculture Department recently released data showing gains were made throughout 2019 in alleviating poverty and hunger in the United States. However, these gains have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With both Houses of Congress about to leave for ele...

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. EST, for  Thursdays with Friends. Our chat, The State of Native America, will fea...
09/29/2020

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. EST, for Thursdays with Friends. Our chat, The State of Native America, will feature Kerri Colfer (Tlingit). As we prepare to observe Indigenous People's Day on Oct. 12, she will update us on the crisis of missing and murdered Native women and girls.

We prayerfully joined 24 other faith organizations in asking Congress to pass a robust COVID-19 pandemic relief bill bef...
09/29/2020

We prayerfully joined 24 other faith organizations in asking Congress to pass a robust COVID-19 pandemic relief bill before recessing for the elections. We sent this amid a 12-hour prayer vigil. "Until we confront this virus head-on with the seriousness it deserves, we will continue to slowly pay the price in lives and economic stability,” said Diane Randall.

https://www.fcnl.org/documents/1460

09/29/2020
Interfaith Prayer Vigil for COVID relief Part 2

From 7am - 7pm join FCNL, Bread for the World, Network Lobby, Islamic Relief USA, National Council of Churches, and other faith leaders representing a broad array of religious beliefs and faith traditions are coming together in prayer. We are calling on Congress to pass a desperately needed robust COVID relief bill.

Thank you to all our advocates and partners for urging both chambers of Congress to pass Savanna's Act and Not Invisible...
09/29/2020
Savanna's Act Addresses Alarming Number Of Missing Or Killed Native Women

Thank you to all our advocates and partners for urging both chambers of Congress to pass Savanna's Act and Not Invisible Act. Now both bills head to the White House for the president's signature. Listen to FCNL's Diane Randall and Kerri Colfer on Thursdays with Friends, Oct. 1 at 4:00 p.m., to discuss the impact of these new laws on Indian Country. fcnl.org/twf.

Sarah Deer, citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and University of Kansas professor, discusses the measures to strengthen investigation procedures and why it's taken so long to address the issue.

09/29/2020
Interfaith Prayer Vigil for COVID relief

From 7am - 7pm join FCNL, Bread for the World, Network Lobby, Islamic Relief USA, National Council of Churches, and other faith leaders representing a broad array of religious beliefs and faith traditions are coming together in prayer. We are calling on Congress to pass a desperately needed robust COVID relief bill.

"My family—those who were not killed by the U.S. atomic bombings—collectively survived not one but two nuclear weapon at...
09/28/2020
75 Years Later, It's Time to Call for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

"My family—those who were not killed by the U.S. atomic bombings—collectively survived not one but two nuclear weapon attacks, the only ones in history," writes Michelle Fujii.

I am alive today because my grandmother grew up in Shiga, Japan instead of her mother’s home of Hiroshima. I am alive today because my grandfather happened to be away from his Nagasaki school visiting family in Kyoto on Aug. 9, 1945. My family—those who were not killed by the U.S. atomic bombing...

Among the findings of the new “Study of Spirituality in the United States.”: The more a person identifies as spiritual, ...
09/27/2020
Overview

Among the findings of the new “Study of Spirituality in the United States.”: The more a person identifies as spiritual, the more likely they are to take civic and political action.

This study sought to better understand spirituality in the U.S. today by asking people about how they understand and experience spirituality for themselves, and how their spirituality relates to the way they engage with others and their community. This effort included people inside and outside relig...

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The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a nonpartisan Quaker lobby located in Washington, DC. Formed in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL works with Congress and people of all races, religions, and cultures around the country to advocate for social and economic justice, peace, and good government. Follow FCNL on Twitter @FCNL and on Instagram @Quaker_Lobby Comments may be hidden if they are off-topic or inflammatory.

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