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  • News and Analysis
    Raising the Rent on the Lowest-Income Families? Not On Our Watch.
    April 26, 2018 12:25 pm | By Leslie Watson Malachi

    Raising the Rent on the Lowest-Income Families? Not On Our Watch.

    In another modern day example of how the rich are robbing the poor, the Washington Post reported Wednesday that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson plans to introduce a proposal to triple what the lowest-income households have to pay…

  • People For in Action
    April 26, 2018 10:23 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Supports Civil Rights Principles for Higher Education Act Reauthorization

    Since 1965, the Higher Education Act (HEA) has helped students from marginalized communities access educational opportunities. With HEA reauthorization on Congress' to-do list, People For the American Way and nearly 50 organizational allies are calling for the inclusion of critical…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Nominee Andrew Oldham’s Committee Testimony Strains Credulity
    April 25, 2018 5:17 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Trump Nominee Andrew Oldham’s Committee Testimony Strains Credulity

    President Trump’s latest Fifth Circuit nominee Andrew Oldham had his committee hearing on Wednesday, April 25. He has challenged the constitutional legitimacy of the federal agencies that protect the environment, working people, consumers, hurricane victims, and more. As explained in…

  • Federal Update
    GOP Sweating After Another Big Election Night for Democrats
    April 25, 2018 4:47 pm | By Lizet Ocampo

    GOP Sweating After Another Big Election Night for Democrats

    Democrats made massive gains in yesterday’s special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District—the seat recently vacated by Radical Right extremist Trent Franks and one of the deepest red congressional districts imaginable. Republicans held the seat but by a mere 5…

  • People For in Action
    Criminal Justice Reform Requires a Comprehensive Approach
    April 25, 2018 2:52 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Criminal Justice Reform Requires a Comprehensive Approach

    America's criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform—across all parts of the system. Only with a comprehensive approach that addresses policing, sentencing, and prisons can we hope to increase safety, reduce costs and crimes rates, and make progress…

  • People For in Action
    Congress: Don’t Undermine Efforts to Make Our Parks and Monuments System More Inclusive
    April 24, 2018 2:54 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Congress: Don’t Undermine Efforts to Make Our Parks and Monuments System More Inclusive

    Neither President Trump nor Congress should be making it harder to make our parks and monuments system more inclusive and tell a fuller story of our nation’s history. Yet that's exactly what they're doing. Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke…

  • People For in Action
    Senate Judiciary Committee Should Carefully Consider Troubling Concerns about Judicial Nominee Michael Truncale
    April 24, 2018 12:48 pm | By Marge Baker

    Senate Judiciary Committee Should Carefully Consider Troubling Concerns about Judicial Nominee Michael Truncale

    On January 23, President Trump nominated Michael Truncale to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold Truncale's hearing on April 25. People For the American Way…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Andrew Oldham’s Extreme Views Are Incompatible with a Lifetime Position on the Bench
    April 24, 2018 12:40 pm | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Andrew Oldham’s Extreme Views Are Incompatible with a Lifetime Position on the Bench

    On February 15, President Trump nominated Andrew Oldham to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold Oldham's hearing on April 25. People For the American Way wrote…

  • News and Analysis
    Another Part of the #MeToo Conversation: Our Nation’s Courts
    April 23, 2018 2:59 pm | By Marge Baker

    Another Part of the #MeToo Conversation: Our Nation’s Courts

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year the #MeToo movement has shined a long overdue spotlight on work to prevent sexual assault and harassment and to support survivors. So far the conversation has largely been centered on changing…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Long Fight for Equal Pay
    April 20, 2018 1:57 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Long Fight for Equal Pay

    April 10 marked Equal Pay Day, the day when—on average—women’s wages symbolically “catch up” to men’s wages from the previous year. In the April 20 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” co-hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney sat down with Joi Chaney,…

  • People For in Action
    Advocates for Reproductive Rights, Civil Rights Call for Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter’s Withdrawal
    April 19, 2018 11:14 am | By Jen Herrick

    Advocates for Reproductive Rights, Civil Rights Call for Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter’s Withdrawal

    On April 19, People For the American Way Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon joined other leaders in the reproductive rights and civil rights fields to call for the withdrawal of Wendy Vitter's nomination to a seat on the U.S. District…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Shows His Extremism in Money in Politics
    April 19, 2018 10:40 am | By Paul Gordon

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Shows His Extremism in Money in Politics

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Fifth Circuit Judge James Ho issued a money in politics dissent on April 18 that shows just how extreme…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Calls for a Dream Act Vote NOW
    April 18, 2018 3:54 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Calls for a Dream Act Vote NOW

    More than seven months after the Trump administration announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, DACA recipients and other Dreamers remain vulnerable to detention and deportation. As litigation continues, these young people need Congress to…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump May Face Heat for Campaign Finance Crimes
    April 18, 2018 11:00 am | By Arn Pearson

    Trump May Face Heat for Campaign Finance Crimes

    Last week’s FBI raid on the office and home of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, is just the latest sign that President Trump may be in serious hot water over possible campaign finance violations, in addition to his obstruction of justice…

  • News and Analysis
    NRA Smear of Teachers Union is Part of a Larger Right-Wing Attack on Education
    April 17, 2018 3:35 pm | By Leslie Watson Malachi

    NRA Smear of Teachers Union is Part of a Larger Right-Wing Attack on Education

    After the American Federation of Teachers—a union representing 1.7 million educators and other professionals—recently called on Wells Fargo to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, the NRA’s TV channel lashed out against the teachers. “I’ll put this bluntly,” said…

  • People For in Action
    Young Black Elected Officials Call for Backup in Fight to End Police Brutality
    April 16, 2018 2:49 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    Young Black Elected Officials Call for Backup in Fight to End Police Brutality

    More than 66 young Black elected officials from across the country are calling out Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, and others at all levels of government for a failure to address police brutality targeted at the black community. The letter, released…

  • People For in Action
    Congress Must Take Every Step Necessary to Protect Mueller and Rosenstein
    April 16, 2018 9:22 am | By Jen Herrick

    Congress Must Take Every Step Necessary to Protect Mueller and Rosenstein

    While the weekend passed without President Trump firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, People For the American Way is still on red alert for a Trump-induced constitutional crisis. In addition to activists who are ready…

  • People For in Action
    Governors Should Reject the Hate and Paranoia behind Trump’s National Guard Plan
    April 13, 2018 2:59 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Governors Should Reject the Hate and Paranoia behind Trump’s National Guard Plan

    President Trump's latest anti-immigrant salvo is to send National Guard troops to the southern border. People For the American Way won't stand for what PFAW Political Director Lizet Ocampo called "a stunt that’s all about fanning the hate and paranoia…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Money-in-Politics Corruption
    April 13, 2018 2:01 pm | By Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Money-in-Politics Corruption

    From the beginning, the Trump administration has been marked by self-enrichment and lavish spending, from EPA head Scott Pruitt’s wasteful first-class travel to HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s $31,000 dining room set. In the April 13 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” Drew Courtney…

  • People For in Action
    ICE Should End Policy that Risks the Health and Lives of Pregnant Detainees
    April 13, 2018 1:14 pm | By Jen Herrick

    ICE Should End Policy that Risks the Health and Lives of Pregnant Detainees

    On March 29, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) went public with a policy shift that ends the presumption of release for pregnant detainees. The U.S. immigration system has proven itself woefully inadequate—with health- and life-threatening consequences—in addressing the reproductive health…