Friends Committee on National Legislation
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2008)|
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) a 501(c)(4) lobbying organization in the public interest founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends. Its work currently centers around the peaceful prevention of conflict, the protection of the environment, the creation of a compassionate federal budget, nuclear disarmament, and a shift towards a peaceful foreign policy. FCNL's Executive Secretary is Diane Randall.
The organization's mission statement gives an overview of its vision for its work:
We seek a world free of war and the threat of war
We seek a society with equity and justice for all
We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled
We seek an earth restored.
FCNL is also the oldest registered, faith-based lobby in the public interest in Washington, DC. FCNL has a General Committee of about 220 Quakers from across the United States. FCNL advocates on several issues that are extensions of the Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity, and integrity.
FCNL played a pivotal role in the creation of the Peace Corps, was instrumental in lobbying for the creation of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, played an important role in lobbying for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and participated in efforts to oppose the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars.
FCNL developed the War is Not the Answer campaign in response to U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and general military build-up following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States by Al Qaeda terrorists. Since then, FCNL has distributed more than 1 million signs, bumper stickers, and other materials with this statement.
- Nuclear disarmament
- Global warming
- Civilian Response Corps
- Immigration Reform
- Earth Science
- The complete mission statement can be found on FCNL's website.
- Representative Henry Reuss of Wisconsin stated that FCNL’s role in the Corps’ creation was “pivotal.” FCNL History