Friends Committee on National Legislation Priorities for the Congress:

More clearly than ever before, Friends recognize that the critical and interconnected issues of energy and environment relate not only to climate change, but also to war, military spending, the nation's budget, and the capacity of the United States to meet domestic human needs and invest in the well-being of vulnerable populations abroad. We are called to redefine the human and national security of the United States to include freedom from deadly conflict, freedom from abuse of power, assurance of basic human needs, and protection of the Earth's commons—the air, land, and water on which all life depends.

  1. We seek a world free of war and the threat of war: Build U.S. government capacity for peaceful prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. Actively support the United Nations and multilateral problem solving, including respect for international law and treaties.
  2. We seek a society with equity and justice for all: Support the restoration of full civil liberties and habeas corpus protections for all persons. Oppose torture and secret prisons. Promote human rights around the world especially through international institutions and law.
  3. We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled.
  4. We seek an Earth restored.

As way opens, FCNL will continue Friends' long-standing witness for rights of conscience, an end to institutional racism, criminal justice reform that includes principles of restorative justice and abolition of the death penalty, and a just and lasting peace in the Middle East through equitable treatment of Israelis, Palestinians, and their neighbors.

As we work to find solutions to these complex problems, Friends continue to seek Divine guidance, renewed strength, and hope.

These priorities are drawn from FCNL's Policy Statement.

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