Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do – in a nutshell?
We lobby at the Capitol in Sacramento– we have a registered lobbyist who keeps track of what bills are being written, heard in committee and voted on. We co-sponsor bills, usually in coalition with other organizations. That means we help originate the bill, work with the author (the legislator who carries the bill) to help get it passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed by the governor. For other legislation, we monitor bills introduced in the Legislature and choose bills that we think will be of interest to our supporters and that we feel are important to act on in accordance with our policy statements. Then we write letters of support or opposition, testify at committee hearings and meet with individual legislators and their staff at the Capitol. We also make sure legislators hear from their constituents by making it easy for people like you to communicate with your representatives. We help you lobby so that your voice can be heard on important issues.. Many times we work in coalition with other organizations to have a stronger impact. Read more.
Who do you represent?
Unlike a lot of lobbyists you may have heard about, we don’t represent the interests of one particular group or business. We strive to put forward the public interest and to make sure our laws respect the worth of every person, including those who have been the most marginalized – those who often have no voice. We strive to "bring a voice of conscience" to the legislative process.
We were founded by Quakers in 1952 and our values are those of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). We are open to all and our supporters include people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Who are the “Friends”?
What kind of issues do you work on?
We’re known for our expertise and focus on criminal justice reform. The bills we co-sponsor are typically in this area. We also advocate action on bills introduced in other areas. In the 2017-18 legislative session, we will be focusing on criminal justice reform, immigration and civil rights, economic justice and environmental justice. Read more here.
How can I interact with your group?
Well, since you’re already on our site, you can go here and register for our free Action Network. We’ll send you an Action Alert when something important is happening at the Capitol – we’ll make it easy for you to find and communicate with your legislator.
We hope you’ll become a contributing member – basic membership is $60 and low-income is $35. Donations of any size are welcome and appreciated. As a contributing member, you’ll receive our FCLCA Newsletter and the confidence that you have a lobby of conscience in Sacramento. Welcome!