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Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation*


PREAMBLE

IFCL is a non-partisan Quaker lobbying group that strives for integrity, consistency and tenacity for truth. IFCL provides information about bills before the Indiana legislature. IFCL communicates with legislators and encourages dialogue.

Indiana Quakers have a wide variety of political views. Therefore, IFCL does not speak for all Quakers of Indiana, but speaks for the Indiana Friends who support IFCL.



EQUALITY OF PERSONS

IFCL supports equal legal rights for all persons. IFCL opposes discrimination or favoritism based on race, religion, gender, gender-identity, skin color, language, national origin, culture, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental condition, and economic or legal status.


RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

IFCL supports a justice system that minimizes incarceration, maximizes rehabilitation, and seeks reconciliation and restoration as a healing response to crime and prevents harm to Indiana communities.

Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole is not a satisfactory alternative to capital punishment, as it likewise does not take account of the possibility of rehabilitation.



REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

IFCL supports the fair redistricting of the state for the state legislature and congressional districts and supports legislation to ensure the registration of all potential voters.

IFCL supports campaign finance reforms so that candidates for elective office are less dependent on large contributors that may seek preferential treatment. IFCL encourages full disclosure of campaign contributions prior to elections. IFCL supports consistency and accuracy in the manner in which votes are made, received and tabulated. There should be full, non-discriminatory access to the government, and disclosure regarding the way government officials conduct business.


ECONOMIC JUSTICE



HEALTH



ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY



PEACE AND VIOLENCE

Conversion to Non-military Economy -- IFCL supports planning and carrying out programs to shift the state's economy to one less dependent on the military, in favor of one based more upon meeting human and social needs.


FIREARMS LEGISLATION



EDUCATION

IFCL supports local and state government funding of public schools. We encourage adequate funding so that all of Indiana's children will have access to a good education. We also believe that children should be provided training in nonviolent conflict resolution including peace studies, alternatives to violence, and diversity awareness.

IFCL seeks legislation to require any school that allows military recruiters to speak to students or distribute information to them should also provide alternative information to students about military service.


GAMBLING

IFCL endorses Friends' traditional opposition to gambling. We know that gambling is addictive-like to some, and that families may be made destitute because of gambling. Furthermore, gambling preys on the poor. With recognition, however, that some people will gamble, IFCL's policy addresses what we believe the State should do about gambling. We oppose state operation and sponsorship of gambling, and therefore urge that the Indiana lottery should be discontinued.


IMMIGRATION

IFCL's policy with respect to immigrants is grounded on our conviction that all the peoples of the world share a common humanity, & deserve to be treated accordingly. Fair employment practices and fair laws as well as health and safety standards in the workplace should be enforced to prevent the exploitation of immigrant workers.

We support adequate resources to aid and teach people seeking naturalization.


(adopted by Policy Committee January, 2016)
*IFCL is grateful to the Friends Committee on Legislation of California for granting permission for the use of some language in the policy statement.

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