The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) isthe 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.
The FCNL General Committee, or board of governors, determines the legislative policies and priorities of the organization. They also established a brief mission statement for the organization that provides a vision of the world we seek:
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 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.