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  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Science
    April 19, 2019 4:23 pm | By Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Science

    One hallmark of the Trump administration is its aggressive attacks on science-based policies and research. These attacks don’t just devalue science’s role in learning, problem-solving and developing new technologies – they also shape our health, public lands and democracy. In…

  • Federal Update
    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House
    April 19, 2019 4:20 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House

    Following the historic passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most extensive and powerful set of pro-democracy reforms to pass the House in decades, People For the American Way and our allies are working to build support…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and the Coalition of Conservative and Liberal Church Leaders Call for Commonsense Gun Reform
    April 19, 2019 3:08 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW and the Coalition of Conservative and Liberal Church Leaders Call for Commonsense Gun Reform

    On April 17, PFAW joined the Coalition of Conservative and Liberal Church Leaders in urging Congress to pass commonsense gun violence prevention legislation. The epidemic of gun violence is one of the leading causes of premature death in the United…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Opposition to D.C. School Vouchers
    April 18, 2019 10:24 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Opposition to D.C. School Vouchers

    On February 26, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held a hearing on 15 years of the D.C. school voucher program. As members of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), People For the American Way and…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Call for Federally Funded Gun Violence Research
    April 17, 2019 2:51 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Call for Federally Funded Gun Violence Research

    While People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action believe that the so-called "Dickey Amendment" should ultimately be repealed, we also believe that the federal government can work within current law to research the causes, effects,…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Stands with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Condemns Racist, Bigoted Attacks
    April 17, 2019 1:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Stands with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Condemns Racist, Bigoted Attacks

    In a statement condemning the recent attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., People For the American Way President Michael Keegan said that she is being attacked because she is a young Black Muslim woman fighting for progressive values. On April…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Vote to Authorize Painful Execution
    April 15, 2019 3:35 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Vote to Authorize Painful Execution

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined a 5-4 April order in Dunn v. Price that reversed…

  • People For in Action
    #VoteTheCourts2020: Buttigieg and Inslee Discuss Their Ideal Judicial Nominees
    April 15, 2019 10:32 am | By Kayla Butler

    #VoteTheCourts2020: Buttigieg and Inslee Discuss Their Ideal Judicial Nominees

    As part of its #VoteTheCourts2020 campaign, PFAW is asking Democratic presidential candidates’ to discuss their plans to nominate and confirm fair-minded constitutionalists to the bench. During campaign stops in Nevada in late March and April, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: LGBTQ Rights in 2019    
    April 12, 2019 4:33 pm | By Drew Courtney, Christin “Cici” Battle, Jen Herrick

    The Progressive Happy Hour: LGBTQ Rights in 2019    

    Today, Trump’s dangerous and discriminatory transgender military ban went into effect. The ban bars openly trans people from serving and those wishing to serve their country from enlisting, and strips certain medical and other benefits from trans servicemembers and their…

  • News and Analysis
    DOJ is supposed to oppose racial discrimination, but Trump’s DOJ nominee is mum on Brown v. Board of Education
    April 12, 2019 2:46 pm | By Paul Gordon

    DOJ is supposed to oppose racial discrimination, but Trump’s DOJ nominee is mum on Brown v. Board of Education

    When a nominee for a powerful position in the U.S. Justice Department refuses to support Brown v. Board of Education, his nomination should instantly become unviable. That is what would have happened in ordinary times, throughout the entire lifetimes of…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists on Capitol Hill to Rally Against the Transgender Military Ban
    April 12, 2019 12:11 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists on Capitol Hill to Rally Against the Transgender Military Ban

    Trump’s transgender military ban officially went into effect on April 12. Any person serving in the military who comes out as transgender can be discharged. In addition, from this point forward, transgender people can be barred from joining any branch…

  • People For in Action
    Khizr Khan and Progressive Groups Call on Congress to Pass the #NoBanAct
    April 11, 2019 2:59 pm | By Tori Slatton

    Khizr Khan and Progressive Groups Call on Congress to Pass the #NoBanAct

    In 2017, President Trump banned entry to people from several Muslim majority countries, following his repeated calls on the campaign trail to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. The first two orders were struck down by multiple courts,…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Supports the #EqualityAct, Urges Swift Passage in Congress
    April 11, 2019 2:20 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Supports the #EqualityAct, Urges Swift Passage in Congress

    On April 9, People For the American Way attended a congressional hearing regarding the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a bill which seeks to ensure the right to learn and work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.…

  • People For in Action
    Medicare For All Introduced in the Senate
    April 11, 2019 1:48 pm | By Tori Slatton

    Medicare For All Introduced in the Senate

    On April 10, People For the American Way joined a coalition of activists for a press conference supporting the introduction of S. 1129, a bill that would guarantee Medicare for every American. After President Trump’s repeated attacks on the ACA,…

  • People For in Action
    Doubtful Judicial Nominee Brantley Starr Will Give Litigants a Fair Hearing
    April 11, 2019 11:18 am | By Marge Baker

    Doubtful Judicial Nominee Brantley Starr Will Give Litigants a Fair Hearing

    On March 11, President Trump nominated Brantley Starr to be a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas. The Senate Judiciary Committee held Starr's hearing on April 10. Starr now awaits a committee vote. People For the American Way…

  • State and Local Update
    Texas Bill Could Lead to Women Being Executed for Having an Abortion
    April 10, 2019 6:07 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Texas Bill Could Lead to Women Being Executed for Having an Abortion

    This post originally appeared on Right Wing Watch. A Texas house committee heard testimony this week on a bill that would allow women who have abortions to be convicted of homicide and executed. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, told…

  • Federal Update
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Grand Jury Vote that Could Limit Mueller Report Release
    April 10, 2019 1:29 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Grand Jury Vote that Could Limit Mueller Report Release

    In April 2019, Trump D.C. Circuit judge Greg Katsas cast the deciding vote to restrict judges’ ability to release grand jury material that could also limit release of some of the information in the report of special counsel Robert Mueller.…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Puts the Spotlight on Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Plans for a Fair Judiciary
    April 9, 2019 5:00 pm | By Bettina Ramon

    PFAW Puts the Spotlight on Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Plans for a Fair Judiciary

    As the 2020 presidential primary season continues to heat up, PFAW is continuing its focus on protecting the federal courts by encouraging Democratic candidates to make the courts a key issue in their campaigns. Trump has already appointed dozens of…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Jeff Brown Places Political Goals over the Rule of Law and the Welfare of Innocent People
    April 9, 2019 12:50 pm | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Jeff Brown Places Political Goals over the Rule of Law and the Welfare of Innocent People

    On March 11, President Trump nominated Justice Jeffrey Vincent "Jeff" Brown to be a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Brown's hearing for April 10. People For the American Way wrote to…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA Join Diverse “NO BAN Act” Coalition to End Muslim Ban and Religious Discrimination in Immigration
    April 8, 2019 4:07 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA Join Diverse “NO BAN Act” Coalition to End Muslim Ban and Religious Discrimination in Immigration

    People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action have opposed President Trump's Muslim Ban since he first discussed it as a candidate and then again when it was introduced after his inauguration in January 2017. The…