Quaker Public Policy & Service Org's

Quaker Oaks Farm – Spring 2023


Greetings all,

We hope you and your loved ones are well, safe, and staying dry as water continues falling and flowing throughout our region.

We are reaching out to present our Spring 2023 annual report to highlight some of our ongoing, volunteer-led efforts. This report provides an overview of all the behind-the-scenes work that allows us to sustain the land, buildings, and programs in our care. This is an offering grounded in gratitude for all our partners and supporters, thank you!

Progress to Limit Military Authorization


For years, Friends Committee on Legislation – through the work of our local Advocacy Teams – has lobbied Congress to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 Iraq AUMF). Last week, a bipartisan bill from Sens. Tim Kaine (VA) and Todd Young (IN) to repeal this outdated war authorization cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate. The bill would also repeal another AUMF from 1991.

“Quaker” Retirement Communities


As a relatively new resident of the Friends House retirement community, I am interested in how it compares with other senior communities founded by Quakers. Recently, I did some research on this question.

Coincidentally, the March/April 2023 issue of Western Friend magazine includes an article by Sue Friday on the mis-use of the Quaker name in several contexts -- from “Quaker Oats” to some more egregious examples.


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