FCNCL is an organization of North Carolina Quakers advocating for legislation and good government practices that embody the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, equality, community, integrity and stewardship.

Action Alert

DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNOR AND THE UTILITIES COMMISSION BLOCK DUKE ENERGY’S PLANS TO CUT REIMBURSEMENT FOR SOLAR ENERGY.

Duke Energy has filed a proposal with the N.C. Utilities Commission to change the way customers with rooftop solar panels are billed and credited for the energy they produce.  Duke’s proposal would change the rules for  ‘net metering’, which would make installing rooftop solar less affordable and less attractive to customers.  It would increase the basic monthly fee for solar households, offer less for the energy generated by their solar panels, and have their rates based on the time of day they generate and use electricity. 

This proposal will discourage households and businesses from investing in solar, slow the growth of rooftop solar installations and threaten North Carolina’s growing solar industry that has created many jobs.  Beyond the impact of Duke’s solar proposal on current and potential customers, it would hurt all residents by reinforcing Duke Energy’s plans that rely largely on natural gas to generate electricity and slow the transition away from fossil fuels as a source of energy.

See the Full Action Alert

HELP DISCERN FCNCL’s 2023 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

FCNCL uses a corporate discernment process to set our lobbying agenda for North Carolina General Assembly deliberations. Now is the time to begin our next round of policy discernments for the two-year NC Legislative session beginning in January 2023.  We invite all North Carolina meetings and worship groups to help our Policy Committee determine our new legislative priorities by gathering their members together to engage in this process. For those who are new to FCNCL, we model our discernment process after that of FCNL, Friends Committee on National Legislation.

For more information, see the Letter sent to meetings and Quaker organizations.

FCNCL Winter Newsletter

In this informative issue of the FCNCL Newsletter, you will learn:

  • The status of the legislation for which we issued action alerts
  • Links to learn more about the Governor’s task force on racial equity in the criminal justice system
  • A summary of our January workshop on Activating Advocacy and next steps in lobbying our legislators
  • An overview of the updated FCNCL website
  • An announcement about the upcoming policy priorities discernment
  • A request from the Nominating Committee
  • Other ways to get involved in the work of FCNCL.

Click here to read the newsletter

FCNCL Minute on Antiracism

(approved at FCNCL General Committee Meeting October 2, 2021)

As we seek the Light in every person and work to influence North Carolina legislation and policies that affect human dignity and well-being, we must recognize and respond to the irrefutable evidence of continuous, vicious, systemic racism in our state, our country, and even in our faith communities. For this reason, Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation (FCNCL) commits to vigorously and effectively promote legislation and regulations that result in racial equity and justice and to strongly oppose policies that create racial inequity and injustice. 

Read the full text

You are also invited to review the exercises used to generate the FCNCL Antiracism Glossary.


FCNCL’s 2021/22 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

In October 2020, we approved the 2021 Priorities aconsistent with our Quaker testimonies of Equality & Social Justice, Peace, and Integrity, and with our FCNCL Minute on Antiracism:

  • ELECTORAL REFORM – We support:
    • Creating an independent non-partisan commission to redraw fair maps
    • Legislation that ensures fair and free elections and upholds voting rights.
    • Measures promoting strong government ethics
  • ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE – We support:
    • Medicaid Expansion
    • Reproductive Rights
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEASURES – We support:
    • Preserving natural areas, air and water quality
    • Environmental justice
    • Preventing coal ash and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) pollution
    • Mitigating climate change, especially through clean energy and ceasing environmental policy rollbacks
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS – We support:
    • Ending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids
    • Abolishing the death penalty

FCNCL is grateful to Jane Ashley of Flower of Life Press for our logo de

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