WHO WE ARE
We are a new organization of North Carolina Quakers. We want to help you advocate for North Carolina legislation and good government practices that embody the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, equality, community, integrity and stewardship.
FCNCL IS COMMITTED TO RACIAL JUSTICE AND ENDING SYSTEMIC RACISM
- WE ARE ISSUING AN ACTION ALERT to address police violence. We ask members to contact their municipal and state officials to:
(1) Stop Militarization of Police. Redirect funding away from military equipment and military training for police and increase funding towards meeting community needs.
(2) Adopt 8CAN’TWAIT. Urge your municipality to enact the 8CAN’TWAIT guidelines for policing.
- WE COMMIT TO RACIAL JUSTICE AND ENDING SYSTEMIC RACISM. Read our Minute on Anti-Racism (here and below)
Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation Minute on Antiracism
(approved at FCNCL General Committee Meeting October 5, 2019)
Responding to and inspired by Friends General Conference’s report (1) on racism, Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation (FCNCL) commits to becoming an antiracist faith organization. In making this decision we are acknowledging that systemic racism is a long standing and continuing problem in American society. As part of that society, we recognize that as individuals and Quakers we have too often been blind to our own failings and to the part we play in perpetuating structural and institutional racism.
In committing to the work of becoming antiracist, we know that confronting our failures will be difficult and painful. Guided by faith and grace, we are willing to accept this challenge and to do the necessary work. We see this work as essential if we are truly to live our Quaker testimonies and recognize that of God in everyone.
As part of the work of becoming an antiracist organization, FCNCL will ask committees and business meetings to use the query, “How does this decision support FCNCL in its goal to transform into an actively antiracist faith community and in supporting anti-racism policies and regulations in state government?” whenever we make a decision.
- WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH OTHERS COMMITTED TO ANTIRACISM. We share the sentiments expressed in these statements from the North Carolina Council of Churches and the Poor People’s Campaign.
To see what some Quakers of Color are saying about race issues, visit this compilation of videos at the Quaker Speak website.
CHECK OUT OUR NEW JUNE ACTION ALERT ON POLICE VIOLENCE
REVIEW FCNCL’s 2020 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
FCNCL uses a corporate discernment process to set our lobbying agenda for North Carolina General Assembly deliberations. These excerpts are from the full statement on 2020 Priorities approved in January 2020, and they are consistent with our Quaker testimonies of Equality & Social Justice, Peace, and Integrity, and with our FCNCL Minute on Antiracism:
- ELECTORAL REFORM – We support:
- Creating an independent non-partisan commission to redraw fair maps
- Legislation that ensures fair and free elections and upholds voting rights.
- Measures promoting strong government ethics
- ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE – We support:
- Medicaid Expansion
- Reproductive Rights
- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEASURES – We support:
- Preserving natural areas, air and water quality
- Environmental justice
- Preventing coal ash and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) pollution
- Mitigating climate change, especially through clean energy and ceasing environmental policy rollbacks
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS – We support:
- Ending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids
- Abolishing the death penalty
FCNCL is grateful to Jane Ashley of Flower of Life Press for our logo design