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January 2016

Quakers and the Political Process

Bird-dogging the Candidates
Kevin Rutledge
Why Friends Are Needed in Politics
Diane Randall
This Age of Insecurity
Ron McDonald
Let’s Grow Together
FJ Books January 2016

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Interview with Ron McDonald, author of This Age of Insecurity

Our quiet pause can counteract a collective obsession with fights and power.

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Interview with Kevin Rutledge, author of Bird-dogging the Candidates in Iowa

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Kevin Rutledge is the grassroots education coordinator with American Friends Service Committee鈥檚 Presidential Campaign Project in Iowa and has deep family roots in Quaker activism for peace and social justice.


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Among Friends: Progress in the Direction of Love

An introduction to the issue by our associate editor.

Gail Whiffen Coyle is associate editor of聽Friends Journal.


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Forum, January 2016

Letters from our readers. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library of Quaker聽information: every聽Friends Journal ever published, going back […]

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Viewpoint: Freeing the Oppressors

A response to the Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “Quakers: No Friends of Israel”

Gracia Fay Ellwood lives in聽Pasadena, Calif.


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Bird-dogging the Candidates

Citizen volunteers expose hidden corporate influence.

Kevin Rutledge is the grassroots education coordinator with American Friends Service Committee鈥檚 Presidential Campaign Project in Iowa and has deep family roots in Quaker activism for peace and social justice.


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Diane Randall presenting the 2015 Edward F. Snyder Peace Award for National Legislative Leadership to Senator Richard Durbin (IL). Photo courtesy of FCNL.

Why Friends Are Needed in Politics

We can avoid partisan rhetoric to speak and act on the truth we know.

Diane Randall serves as executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation and worships with Friends across the country. She is a member of Hartford (Ct.) Meeting, sojourning with her husband, Roger Catlin, at Langley Hill Meeting in McLean, Va.


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Underground Beloved

FJ Poetry: “It’s possible of course to fall in love each morning…” 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library […]

Alexander Levering Kern lives in Somerville, Mass.


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The author (center) at FCNL's Quaker Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., November 2015.

Political Change through the Power of Stories

A Friend finds new confidence in her voice as a citizen. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library of […]

Joey Hartmann-Dow is an artist and activist living in Philadelphia, Pa. She is an organizer with FCNL’s Advocacy Corps, bringing community members together to communicate with members of Congress about the urgent need for bipartisan climate action. Joey is a member of Lehigh Valley Meeting in Bethlehem, Pa. Follow her work for climate change at earth4president.tumblr.com.


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Photo 漏 Clark Hadley.

A Quaker Voice in Indiana

An interview with Grace Miller of Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation.

Grace Miller was born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind., (鈥淗oosier true through and through鈥) and grew up attending Irvington Meeting in Indianapolis. She believes that folks from Indiana are kind, loving, and warm people who are also serious and hard working.聽Grace was interviewed by Friends Journal associate editor Gail Whiffen Coyle.


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