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You can make a big difference in just 5 minutes.  With FCLCA’s Legislative Action Center, that’s all it takes to learn about the issues and send an email to your elected officials.

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We’ll send you important updates on legislation and make it easy for you to contact your legislators.

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For just $60 a year ($35 low income) you can help bring your voice of conscience to the Capitol. 

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Send an email to your elected officials.  Follow the bills we are working on in this legislative session.

About Us

 

 The Friends Committee on Legislation (FCLCA) is a nonpartisan, statewide public interest lobby founded by Quakers in 1952.  (Quakers are also known as the Religious Society of Friends – that’s where the “Friends” in our name comes from.)

Our supporters include people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

We advocate for California state laws that are just, compassionate and respectful of the inherent worth of every person.

Together, you and FCLCA can bring a voice of conscience to California politics.  Here’s how:

We are a multi-issue advocacy organization and frequently work in coalition with other organizations to co-sponsor bills, educate the public and legislators, and advocate for social justice issues.

Read more about how we work and our past accomplishments here.

Read about our priorities for the 2017-2018 legislative session.

Check out our Action Center to see the current bills we're working on.

 We are open to everyone who shares our concerns and warmly invite you to join us.  Your voice will make a difference!  

Our Values

Our work is based on the Quaker testimonies of peace and nonviolence, equality and social justice, integrity, simplicity and community.  (Quakers are also known as the Religious Society of Friends – that’s where the “Friends” in our name comes from.)

These testimonies are the basis of the legislative issues we address and the policies that guide our work in politics.  Read more.

We strive everyday to bring these values into the real world of lawmaking.

We believe that there is a way to lobby and engage in politics that is also grounded in spirituality.  We talk and we also listen, engaging in dialogue even with those we think may not agree with us.  We are guided by a belief that there is a “we” beyond the "me."

Our Advocacy

In our 65-year history as a non-partisan, public interest lobby group we have advocated for:

  • Reform of California’s criminal justice system
  • Civil rights for the disenfranchised
  • Single payer health care
  • Farmworker protections
  • Protecting education and the social safety net
  • An end to militarism in public schools
  • And much more.

Our position on legislation is guided by policy statements approved by our governing body, the FCLCA General Committee. To guide our staff and volunteers, our General Committee sets our legislative priorities before each two-year legislative session.  

Governance

We are governed by a General Committee and a board that includes representatives of Quaker Meetings and churches around the state and at-large members who are both Quakers and non-Quakers.   Read more.

Our Activists

Our supporters include volunteer activists who visit, call and write their legislators, gather signatures for the ballot initiatives and decide on the stands we take on legislation and ballot initiatives.

We also have an online Action Network of activists who receive Action Alerts that allow them to contact their legislators at the most critical time when laws are being considered.

Join our free Action Network.

Our FCLCA Action Center gives activists the information they need to easily communicate with decision makers. 

Financial Support

  • FCLCA is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization.  Individual contributors provide 90% of the financial support for FCLCA.
  • The remainder comes from contributions from Quaker Meetings and their fundraising events.
  • We receive no government support.
  • As a lobbying organization, donations are not tax-deductible.

Our sister organization, the FCL Education Fund, is a 501(c)(3) charity, and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

You can join as a contributing member or make a donation of any size here.

More on our finances here.