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Why the Religious Community Supports a Republican Climate Resolution

With this week's Executive Order designed to dismantle Obama's climate legacy, there are plenty of reasons for climate advocates to despair and feel despondent. However, many in the religious community are hopeful that a new dawn of bipartisanship has occurred in Congress.

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Resources from Immigration Network Call

Thank you for joining Jessica, Hannah and Mimosa for the March 29 call on immigration policy update and action steps!

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Ask your Rep: Put the Brakes on Yemen War

Urge your Rep to sign the bipartisan Pocan-Amash-Lieu-Jones Letter to Urge President Trump to seek authorization from Congress before escalating the war in Yemen.

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Security Leaders warn IRGC Designation Paves Path to War with Iran

The proposal, embedded in pending Iran sanctions legislation S. 722, to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, could endanger U.S. troops in Iraq, imperil efforts against the Islamic State, and put the Iran nuclear deal, and peace with Iran, on thin ice.

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Health Care Vote: Urge Your Reps Not to Compromise

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan doesn’t have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act – but that could change in a moment unless we keep up the pressure. Encourage your members of Congress to oppose any efforts to repeal the ACA.

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National Security Leaders Warn Against New IRGC Designation

The proposal, embedded in pending Iran sanctions legislation S. 722, to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, could endanger U.S. troops in Iraq, imperil efforts against the Islamic State, and put the Iran nuclear deal, and peace with Iran, on thin ice.

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“Energy Independence” Executive Order Dismantles Climate Action

Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that rolls back public health protections and climate action put in place by President Obama.

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Act Now to Block Dangerous Sanctions on Iran

Your senators are considering new sanctions legislation that would put the Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy and risk putting the U.S. on path toward war with Iran. Urge your senators to oppose this anti-diplomacy, saber-rattling bill.

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New Sanctions Risk Putting US on War Path with Iran

Your senators are considering new sanctions legislation that would put the Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy and risk putting the U.S. on path toward war with Iran. Urge your senators to oppose this anti-diplomacy, saber-rattling bill.

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New Iran Sanctions Risk Putting U.S. on War Path with Iran

The Senate is considering a new Iran sanctions bill (S. 722) that would put the Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy and risk putting the U.S. on path toward war with Iran.

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How to Influence Congress, as Told by Rep. Ellison

Rep. Ellison (MN) gave a rousing address to more than 400 young adults heading into meetings with their members of Congress. See what advice he gave in this video.

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Christian redemption or human narrative?

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:58
Martin Weegmann urges Friends not to idealise tradition or the early Quakers Gerald Hewitson’s 2013 Swarthmore lecture was beautifully delivered, personal, historically illuminating and full of pathos. Many were moved by his account of personal transformation. His direct, South Yorkshire tone certainly added to my enjoyment, but I had a mixed reaction to the content.

Fasting against nuclear weapons

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:56
Marc Morgan writes about his decision to fast as a form of protest Every year an international fast is held between Hiroshima and Nagasaki days (6-9 August) in Burghfield, Paris and Büchel, the last NATO base in Germany at which nuclear weapons are stationed. I will be participating for the third time this year, and for the first time in Burghfield. The yearly fast is organised by the NGO Maison de Vigilance, in collaboration with the Sortir du Nucléaire Network, a gathering of over 900 French anti-nuclear NGOs. The fast was initiated in 1984 by Solange Fernex and Théodore Monod. It was initially held at Taverny, which was until 2010 the command and control centre for French nuclear weapons, and in Germany.

The things which kill

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:54
'The things which kill' by Guy Graybill When blinded Polyphemus chose a rock To hurl at bold Odysseus in his flight, His weapon was as one from cave-man’s stock; Its simple function: death to expedite!

Eye - 11 July 2014

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:52
From pinky subversion to a piece of peace Pinky subversion Wool Against Weapons has sparked ‘a whole subculture of pinky subversion, knit-ins, protests, cake and nattering’ says Jaine Rose, organiser of the campaign. A seven-mile pink peace scarf will be unrolled as part of a direct action protest on 9 August, between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites of Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire. With the date of the protest fast approaching, knitters are industriously working to get the scarf completed and lapsed knitters are being inspired to get their needles clacking once more.

Norwegian Quakers mark bicentenary

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:50
Friends are celebrating 200 years of continued Quaker presence in Norway Norwegian Quakers gathered in Stavanger last week for their Yearly Meeting. This year’s event was special, with Friends celebrating 200 years of continued Quaker presence in Norway. While the first Quaker visits to Norway are believed to have taken place in 1657 or 1658, Quakerism really took root there when freed Napoleonic war prisoners returned from London in 1814.

Thought for the Week: A community in the world

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:48
Jill Allum reflects on Friends as a community in the world ‘You are a community in the world.’ Who else remembers those words? They were spoken to us at the end of an ‘Equipping for Ministry Conference’ in 1991 by the Roman Catholic observer, who was asked to sum us up in five minutes. The Anglican observer did the same. Do we still invite outsiders to our conferences to tell us how we look to them? ‘A community in the world’ – does that sum up who we are as Quakers now as we head towards Bath?

AVP international gathering in Ireland

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:46
The International Gathering of the Alternatives to Violence Project will take place in Maynooth More than 160 delegates from forty countries are gathering in Maynooth in Ireland from 13 to 19 July for the International Gathering of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). The theme of the Gathering, which has been strongly supported by Quakers in Ireland, is ‘Diversity and Sustainability’.

JRF supports new journalism prize

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:44
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation supports a new journalism prize The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is supporting a new prize for in-depth journalism. ‘The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’ will be awarded for the first time in 2015. The name is taken from the task given to the JRF by its founder: ‘to search out the underlying causes of weakness or evil’ that lay behind social problems in Britain.

Bootham students work in Quaker burial ground

The Friend - Thu, 2014-07-10 02:42
Bootham School students volunteeredat The Retreat Quaker burial ground On Tuesday 1 July some 400 Bootham School students, aged between eleven and eighteen, took part in a ‘whole school service day’. Inspired and organised by history teacher and deputy housemaster, Robert Hudson, the service day saw the students work on a range of projects within their local community.
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