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  • News and Analysis
    Unusual Friend-of-the-Court Briefs May Make a Difference in Crucial Supreme Court Union Case
    February 21, 2018 11:59 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Unusual Friend-of-the-Court Briefs May Make a Difference in Crucial Supreme Court Union Case

    This post originally appeared on Medium. Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which right-wing activists hope will lead a conservative Court majority to deal a “crushing blow to organized labor.” The case…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: One Year of Jeff Sessions
    February 16, 2018 2:54 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: One Year of Jeff Sessions

    Jeff Sessions has now been attorney general for one year, and under his leadership, much of the Justice Department’s past progress in safeguarding civil rights is rapidly being eroded. In the February 16 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominees Hall of Shame Gains a New Member
    February 15, 2018 6:29 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominees Hall of Shame Gains a New Member

    With Donald Trump in the White House, it seems that hostility to LGBTQ equality is a ticket to a lifetime position as a federal judge. Kyle Duncan, Jeff Mateer, Matthew Kacsmaryk, Damien Schiff, Mark Norris, and Steve Grasz are among…

  • State and Local Update
    PFAW Announces Endorsements of History-Making Candidates for Governor
    February 15, 2018 3:52 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    PFAW Announces Endorsements of History-Making Candidates for Governor

    People For the American Way is proud to endorse three dynamic 2018 gubernatorial candidates—all young, all people of color, and all running in winnable states against right-wing Republicans (who all, unsurprisingly, happen to be white men). The endorsements were announced…

  • People For in Action
    Congress Must Protect Dreamers, Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, and Asylum Seekers
    February 15, 2018 2:33 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Congress Must Protect Dreamers, Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, and Asylum Seekers

    Demonizing immigrants and threatening their basic survival has nothing to do with protecting the best interests of the American people. People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action believe that it's time for Congress to stop…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA Join Justice Roundtable in Supporting the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
    February 15, 2018 11:06 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA Join Justice Roundtable in Supporting the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

    On February 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act—bipartisan legislation designed to increase fairness in federal sentencing and improve access to rehabilitation in prisons. While our support does not come without concern, including new mandatory…

  • People For in Action
    Michael Brennan’s Record Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed
    February 14, 2018 5:08 pm | By Marge Baker

    Michael Brennan’s Record Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed

    People For the American Way wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 19 and described in detail the dangerous breach of long-standing committee practices represented by Chairman Chuck Grassley moving forward on Michael Brennan's nomination to a Wisconsin seat…

  • News and Analysis
    Right-Wing Media #ReleasedTheMemo
    February 13, 2018 12:08 pm | By Jared Holt

    Right-Wing Media #ReleasedTheMemo

    A few weeks ago, the right-wing media universe began working tirelessly to stoke public outrage and encourage their audiences to demand the public release of a memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes, which many claimed contained irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Standing Up for Workers’ Rights
    February 9, 2018 1:36 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Standing Up for Workers’ Rights

    Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that threatens to undermine the ability of working people to come together in unions and fight for fair pay and equitable workplaces. In the February 9 episode of…

  • People For in Action
    Amid Grave Russia Concerns, an Opportunity for Accountability and Reform
    February 8, 2018 4:53 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Amid Grave Russia Concerns, an Opportunity for Accountability and Reform

    Republican efforts to provide political cover for President Trump amid the ongoing Russia investigation have endangered our justice system and undermined cherished democratic principles. House Speaker Paul Ryan is complicit, having left our country vulnerable by failing to pursue legislation…

  • News and Analysis
    One Family’s Devastating Experience with Trump Nominee Kyle Duncan
    February 8, 2018 4:11 pm | By Paul Gordon

    One Family’s Devastating Experience with Trump Nominee Kyle Duncan

    Louisiana's Kyle Duncan, nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, has a deeply disturbing record demonstrating why he should not be confirmed. Adding a unique perspective to that record is a newly published op-ed in the New York Times.…

  • People For in Action
    Civil Rights Nominee Kenneth Marcus Won’t Protect All Students’ Civil Rights
    February 8, 2018 12:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Civil Rights Nominee Kenneth Marcus Won’t Protect All Students’ Civil Rights

    On October 30, President Trump nominated Kenneth Marcus to lead the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a hearing on the Marcus nomination on December 5 and reported him…

  • News and Analysis
    Grassley Moving Forward on Wisconsin Nominee Pushes Us Closer to the Brink
    February 7, 2018 4:33 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Grassley Moving Forward on Wisconsin Nominee Pushes Us Closer to the Brink

    In January, by holding a hearing on Michael Brennan for the Seventh Circuit, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley thumbed his nose at Sen. Tammy Baldwin. He junked the bipartisan commission process that Baldwin and fellow Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson…

  • People For in Action
    Threats Remain One Year after Trump’s Prayer Breakfast Pledge to “Destroy” the Johnson Amendment
    February 7, 2018 3:33 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Threats Remain One Year after Trump’s Prayer Breakfast Pledge to “Destroy” the Johnson Amendment

    On February 2, 2017, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and pledged to "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, which helps keep politics from overtaking the pulpit by prohibiting churches and other nonprofits from getting directly involved with political campaigns…

  • People For in Action
    New York Needs Early Voting
    February 7, 2018 3:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    New York Needs Early Voting

    When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo included early voting in his January 16 executive budget, he did not commit to fully funding it throughout the state. Now Governor Cuomo has until February 15 to change course and make early voting…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Howard Nielson’s Nomination
    February 7, 2018 10:07 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Howard Nielson’s Nomination

    Update: In addition to People For the American Way's own letter opposing the Nielson nomination, PFAW is among more than thirty organizations, led by Lambda Legal, that have called out Nielson's long record of working to undermine protections for LGBTQ…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The State of Our Union is Not Normal
    February 2, 2018 3:32 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The State of Our Union is Not Normal

    Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address this week, pushing a cruel agenda and hiding behind trappings of normalcy during anything-but-normal times in our country. In the February 2 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin…

  • People For in Action
    America’s Cabinet: A Cabinet that Represents All Americans
    January 31, 2018 3:54 pm | By Taif Jany

    America’s Cabinet: A Cabinet that Represents All Americans

    On Tuesday, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address and spent a good portion of his remarks bragging about his extreme agenda of attacking constitutional rights, smearing immigrants, and empowering the top one percent. It is…

  • People For in Action
    Data Collection Is Critical to Accountability for Deeply Flawed D.C. Voucher Program
    January 31, 2018 10:59 am | By Jen Herrick

    Data Collection Is Critical to Accountability for Deeply Flawed D.C. Voucher Program

    When Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown last spring, one of the most disappointing outcomes of the deal was the reauthorization of the D.C. private school voucher program. Studies have consistently shown that these vouchers, which Congress forced on D.C.…

  • People For in Action
    Nunes Memo Irresponsible—Nunes Should Be Removed from Russia Investigation
    January 30, 2018 10:37 am | By Jen Herrick

    Nunes Memo Irresponsible—Nunes Should Be Removed from Russia Investigation

    On January 29, People For the American Way signed the following letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan regarding the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Led by Democracy 21, the cosignatories urge Speaker Ryan to remove House…