2012 ANNUAL REPORT FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEGISLATION (FCNL):
Friends Committee on National Legislation
245 Second St., NE
Washington DC 20002-5795
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is a nonpartisan Quaker lobby in the public interest founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends.
- FCNL is part of a long history of Quakers who have spoken out in support of legislation and good government. FCNL lobbyists talk with—and listen to—everyone, including people with whom they don't expect to agree, in an effort to build mutual trust and understanding as FCNL works for policy change. FCNL seeks to bring the concerns, experiences and testimonies of Friends to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital.
- Testimonies of peace, simplicity, equality, and integrity inform FCNL's work.
- FCNL speaks for itself and others of like mind; people of many religious backgrounds participate in this work.
- FCNL does not claim to speak on behalf of the entire Religious Society of Friends. FCNL governed by a General Committee of 200 Friends from yearly meetings and other Quaker organizations.
- FCNL's staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of thousands of people to advocate social and economic justice, peace, care for the earth and good government.
- Every two years, the General Committee asks Quaker meetings and churches throughout the United States to offer policy priorities that are distilled for lobbying action by the nationwide network working with FCNL's Washington-based lobbyists.
The FCNL Education Fund is a 501(c)3 organization that exists in parallel with FCNL to support research, analysis and education. Tens of thousands of individuals and organizations rely on the FCNL Education Fund's resource materials for background information on policy issues and legislative details.
Three ways to participate: lobbying events, staying tuned to website, donating, November, 2012, John Schreiner, Lorraine Claggett, attended FCNL's lobbying event and annual meeting and lobbied our Congressman, Rep. Andy Harris
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Submitted by Michael Pullen