Peace and Nonviolence
One of the best-known Quaker testimonies is the commitment to peace and nonviolence. Friends reject the idea that problems can be solved by violence. Read more here.
The Long History of the Loyalty Oath
Among the very first issues addressed by FCLCA at its founding was to oppose Universal Military Training (a precursor to peacetime conscription) and the imposition of a loyalty oath on state employees and educators.
In subsequent decades, FCLCA has continued to oppose this McCarthy era oath, most recently lobbying hard for Senate Bill 115, which would have created a religious exemption to the loyalty oath requirement for state employees. (A number of Quaker educators have refused to sign the oath based on their religious beliefs.) The bills was passed by both houses but vetoed by then-governor Schwarzenegger in 2009.
Addressing Militarism in Schools and Public Life
Most recently, FCLCA has successfully opposed expansion of militarism in public schools (AB 351, which would have allowed JROTC and other school-sponsored activities to fulfill Physical Education Standards) and attempts to link applying for a California driver’s license to Selective Service registration.
A Strong Stand for Gun Control
FCLCA has taken an active stance on gun control. See the bills we are supporting here.