Friends Committee on National Legislation

Maintained by Tom Mahon

245 Second Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is the largest peace lobby in Washington, DC. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of people from many different races, religions, and cultures to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government. FCNL is nonpartisan.

FCNL is also the oldest registered ecumenical lobby in Washington, DC. The organization's legislative priorities and policies are set by a General Committee made up of some 220 Quakers from around the country. FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues which the United States government is or should be addressing.

FCNL is a nonpartisan 501(c)4 public interest lobby. It is neither a political action committee (PAC) nor a special interest lobby. The FCNL Education Fund is a parallel 501(c)3 organization that supports the research, analysis and education for which FCNL is known and respected.

Our History and Current Work

In the last six-and-a-half decades, FCNL has 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, helped lobby for the Civil Rights Act, and led efforts in Washington to oppose both the first (1991) and second (2003) Iraq wars.

FCNL's recent accomplishments include encouraging Congress to challenge the direction of U.S. policy in Iraq; leading the effort to block the development of a new generation of new nuclear weapons; and successful lobbying for a one-year moratorium on cluster bomb exports. See our recent statements and letters to Congress and what others say about FCNL's accomplishments.

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FCNL's War Is Not the Answer signs and bumper stickers are helping hundreds of thousands of people across the country start a conversation about alternative solutions to war and deadly conflict.

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110-H.R.1585 To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for ***Continued Funding of the War in Iraq***, and other purposes.

This War was planned in the 90's by a group of War Mongering idiots who work for the Military Industrial Complex. And they are proad to continue to gloat about their plans that no one in America was brave enough to stop. See the details at ...

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