Lobby Day in Washington
|Several hundred Friends getting briefed before going up on the Hill|
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is a Quaker organization that lobbies Congress on issues reflecting Friends' concerns about peace, social justice, and stewardship of the Earth. We were humbled to participate in their annual day of legislative lobbying this year in Washington, D.C. It was exhilarating to be among the 430 Quakers from 41 states as we listened to learned and well-informed speakers on the importance of promoting peace and diplomacy with Iran and the Middle East.
Although our lobbying efforts with the members of the Senate were not what we hoped, we came away with the realization that we need to let our representatives know how we feel. Many people, ourselves included, are frustrated with the political process in our country. But, as Benjamin Franklin remarked after work on our Constitution was finished, "you have a republic, if you can keep it." This means that our interests will be safeguarded or advanced only