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  • People For in Action
    Who’s Next Up: New Faces of Progressive Political Leadership
    May 22, 2017 5:20 pm | By Dawn Huckelbridge

    Who’s Next Up: New Faces of Progressive Political Leadership

    In these challenging times it is abundantly clear that  we need new voices, new ideas, and fresh perspectives more than ever. As we contend with a failing Congress, an out of touch president, and leaders that look very little like…

  • People For in Action
    Criminal Justice Reform Threatened by House-Passed Legislation
    May 22, 2017 2:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Criminal Justice Reform Threatened by House-Passed Legislation

    Criminal justice reform is one of the most pressing needs facing us today. But even as agreement emerges about the harms of mandatory minimums and states take steps toward needed reforms, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has launched a "tough on…

  • People For in Action
    Name Special Counsel to Investigate the Trump Family’s Self-Enrichment
    May 18, 2017 6:03 pm | By Michael Keegan

    Name Special Counsel to Investigate the Trump Family’s Self-Enrichment

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to the chairs and ranking members of key Senate and House committees, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the House Judiciary Committee, and the…

  • People For in Action
    Trump Co-Opts Women’s Health—PFAW Joins 30+ Organizations To Call Him Out
    May 18, 2017 2:32 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Trump Co-Opts Women’s Health—PFAW Joins 30+ Organizations To Call Him Out

    President Trump kicked off National Women's Health Week with a bold statement: [W]e recognize the importance of providing women access to the best, evidence-based health information and care, and growing our medical knowledge through basic and applied research support. That's…

  • People For in Action
    Coalition Raises Money in Politics Concerns About Thapar Nomination
    May 18, 2017 12:33 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Coalition Raises Money in Politics Concerns About Thapar Nomination

    Yesterday a letter signed by 24 organizations was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which today approved the nomination of Judge Amul Thapar, President Trump’s pick to fill a seat on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on a party…

  • People For in Action
    Military Women Deserve Reproductive Health Care
    May 17, 2017 4:35 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Military Women Deserve Reproductive Health Care

    Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Jackie Speier are standing up for reproductive health care by sponsoring the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act. This legislation, which was first introduced in July 2014, seeks support and access for…

  • News and Analysis
    Senator Warren Renews Call for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn “Terrible Citizens United Mistake”
    May 16, 2017 3:25 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Senator Warren Renews Call for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn “Terrible Citizens United Mistake”

    Senator Elizabeth Warren just delivered a powerful keynote address at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference. Among a wide range of pro-democracy issues, Senator Warren once again condemned the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United that paved the way…

  • People For in Action
    Global Gag Rule Puts Women Worldwide At Risk No Matter What Trump Calls It
    May 16, 2017 8:27 am | By Jen Herrick

    Global Gag Rule Puts Women Worldwide At Risk No Matter What Trump Calls It

    Back in January, one of the first actions that Donald Trump took as president was to reinstate the global gag rule, a harmful policy that hijacks U.S. global health assistance in the name of anti-choice politics. He expanded it to…

  • News and Analysis
    North Carolina’s Voter Suppression Law is Finally Dead
    May 15, 2017 11:05 am | By Paul Gordon

    North Carolina’s Voter Suppression Law is Finally Dead

    Good news from the Supreme Court on voting rights this morning: The justices announced that they will not hear North Carolina’s appeal in support of its draconian voter suppression law. The Fourth Circuit’s decision striking it down remains the law. Our…

  • People For in Action
    Comey Fired: Appoint a Special Prosecutor NOW
    May 11, 2017 12:55 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Comey Fired: Appoint a Special Prosecutor NOW

    In the two days since the gravely disturbing announcement that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, People For the American Way has come out strongly on multiple fronts to call for the immediate appointment of a special prosecutor to…

  • People For in Action
    Protest at White House Demands Independent Investigation
    May 11, 2017 12:13 pm | By People For Staff

    Protest at White House Demands Independent Investigation

    Hundreds rallied at the White House yesterday to protest President Trump’s stunning decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and call for an independent prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation. PFAW’s Rio Tazewell joined leaders from numerous partner organizations in…

  • Federal Update
    As Budget Fight Shifts, Another Right-Wing Threat Looms Large: Tax Reform
    May 11, 2017 8:59 am | By Jen Herrick

    As Budget Fight Shifts, Another Right-Wing Threat Looms Large: Tax Reform

    The budget fight is over for now. As we await more details about next year's proposed funding, among a host of fiscal challenges, another right-wing threat looms large: tax reform. President Trump has been carrying the right-wing water on tax…

  • News and Analysis
    Comey Firing Drives Home Need for Independent Russiagate Prosecutor
    May 10, 2017 5:05 pm | By Arn Pearson

    Comey Firing Drives Home Need for Independent Russiagate Prosecutor

    This post originally appeared in the HuffPost. President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey makes one thing perfectly clear—Americans need an independent prosecutor to investigate and enforce the law in the growing Russiagate scandal. Comey’s firing came…

  • News and Analysis
    Sessions Violated Two Recusal Oaths in Comey Firing
    May 10, 2017 11:41 am | By Paul Gordon

    Sessions Violated Two Recusal Oaths in Comey Firing

    President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey raises grave concerns about preserving the rule of law in our nation. Among the many deeply disturbing aspects of this action is that the attorney general played an active role in the…

  • Op-Ed
    The Disastrous Consequences if Justice Kennedy Resigns From the Supreme Court While Trump is President
    May 9, 2017 4:34 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    The Disastrous Consequences if Justice Kennedy Resigns From the Supreme Court While Trump is President

    This post previously appeared on the Huffington Post. Stimulated by comments from Republican Senator Charles Grassley and unnamed White House sources, speculation is rampant that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire from the Supreme Court this summer. For the values and rights that…

  • News and Analysis
    The Trump Judiciary
    May 8, 2017 2:05 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Trump Judiciary

    In the opening days of his presidency, Donald Trump learned that he cannot rule by diktat, but that our nation’s federal court system serves as a vital buffer between liberty and tyranny. He was clearly not pleased. When Neil Gorsuch’s…

  • People For in Action
    Mark Green Withdraws from Army Secretary Nomination Following Outcry from PFAW and Allies
    May 5, 2017 3:31 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Mark Green Withdraws from Army Secretary Nomination Following Outcry from PFAW and Allies

    Tennessee State Senator Mark Green was nominated for army secretary, an important role for the ongoing implementation of open service for gays and lesbians and people who are transgender. Yet Green is an extreme anti-LGBTQ elected official who wants to license discrimination…

  • News and Analysis
    The Johnson Amendment and Who the Right Would Leave Behind
    May 4, 2017 8:26 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Johnson Amendment and Who the Right Would Leave Behind

    With President Trump’s executive order today, the so-called Johnson Amendment is in the news again.  For years, the Religious Right has been claiming that it muzzles religious voices.  To see how absurd this claim is, it helps to have some…

  • News and Analysis
    Rabbi Saperstein Provides Needed Truth-Telling at Congressional Hearing on Johnson Amendment
    May 4, 2017 10:45 am | By Peter Montgomery

    Rabbi Saperstein Provides Needed Truth-Telling at Congressional Hearing on Johnson Amendment

    The same day that President Trump gathered Religious Right leaders and their conservative Catholic allies to celebrate his executive order telling the IRS not to enforce legal restrictions on overt politicking by churches—the so-called Johnson Amendment—the House Committee on Oversight…

  • News and Analysis
    Opposite ways to address anti-LGBTQ discrimination
    May 3, 2017 5:47 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Opposite ways to address anti-LGBTQ discrimination

    The White House is preparing to release a “religious freedom” executive order that would extend legal protection to individuals, organizations, and businesses that discriminate, as long as they cite religion as justification.  Among the main targets of this executive action…