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  • People For in Action
    Supreme Court Brief: Ohio Voter Purge Harms Asian Americans and Latinx People
    September 25, 2017 1:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Supreme Court Brief: Ohio Voter Purge Harms Asian Americans and Latinx People

    On November 8, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a case challenging Ohio's practice of purging voters. According to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice |…

  • People For in Action
    Letters: Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equality Advocates Oppose Trumpcare
    September 25, 2017 11:56 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letters: Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equality Advocates Oppose Trumpcare

    This week is do-or-die for the latest attempt to pass Trumpcare. Even with Senator McCain's opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal, this fight is not over until the final votes are taken on the Senate floor. We are not letting up…

  • People For in Action
    Banned Books Week Resists Censorship and Celebrates the Freedom to Read
    September 25, 2017 11:40 am | By Peter Montgomery

    Banned Books Week Resists Censorship and Celebrates the Freedom to Read

    People For the American Way Foundation is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and an opportunity for readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, and First Amendment advocates to call for continued vigilance against efforts…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Call For Special Counsel Protections
    September 25, 2017 9:32 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Call For Special Counsel Protections

    The past week has brought a deluge of news related to the Mueller investigation. A Newsweek headline blared, "Trump's New Solicitor General Could Fire Russia Investigator Robert Mueller." USA Today ominously reported, "Congress should protect evidence gathered by Mueller in…

  • People For in Action
    Supreme Court Brief: Muslim Ban Violates Religious Freedom
    September 22, 2017 12:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Supreme Court Brief: Muslim Ban Violates Religious Freedom

    Update: Recent media reports suggest that the Trump administration will be issuing modified travel restrictions before the cases challenging its Muslim ban are argued at the U.S. Supreme Court next month. The Court is likely to ask attorneys to submit…

  • People For in Action
    DeVos Must Address Sexual Violence, Protect Trans Students’ Civil Rights
    September 21, 2017 4:23 pm | By Jen Herrick

    DeVos Must Address Sexual Violence, Protect Trans Students’ Civil Rights

    People For the American Way isn't letting U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' efforts to undercut civil rights go unchecked. Earlier this week, we called DeVos out for undermining guidance that helps schools address sexual violence and condemned her and…

  • People For in Action
    September 21, 2017 4:22 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Maddow Features PFAW Lawsuit in Segment on Sessions’ Russia Contacts

    On September 12, People For the American Way sued the Department of Justice and the FBI to force the release of instructions that Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims he received regarding disclosure of his Russian government contacts when he was…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump’s Texas Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer Is Unfit to Serve
    September 21, 2017 1:29 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Trump’s Texas Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer Is Unfit to Serve

    Just when you think Donald Trump’s judicial nominees can’t get any more extreme, along comes Jeff Mateer of Texas. Yesterday, CNN and Right Wing Watch reported on Mateer’s long history of extremism against LGBTQ people, including his assertion that transgender…

  • People For in Action
    ACT NOW: Trumpcare Is Back And Worse Than Ever
    September 21, 2017 1:26 pm | By Jen Herrick

    ACT NOW: Trumpcare Is Back And Worse Than Ever

    In the early morning hours of July 28, 51 U.S. senators voted against a health care repeal bill that would have robbed millions of Americans of their health care and been particularly devastating to women and people of color. Your…

  • People For in Action
    More Than 2 Dozen Groups Praise Franken for Decision Not to Return Stras Blue Slip
    September 20, 2017 3:52 pm | By Marge Baker

    More Than 2 Dozen Groups Praise Franken for Decision Not to Return Stras Blue Slip

    In a letter made public today, 27 civil rights, labor, and other public interest organizations, including People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action, praised Senator Al Franken for his decision not to return his blue…

  • News and Analysis
    Senator Chuck Schumer Joins PFAW Members to Talk Health Care and Other Urgent Issues
    September 20, 2017 8:55 am | By Katie O’Connell

    Senator Chuck Schumer Joins PFAW Members to Talk Health Care and Other Urgent Issues

    On Monday evening PFAW was joined on our member telebriefing by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer thanked PFAW members for their activism which has led to hard-fought wins during the Trump administration. But he also had an urgent…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: DeVos Must Protect Student Loan Borrowers of Color
    September 19, 2017 3:03 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: DeVos Must Protect Student Loan Borrowers of Color

    Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017. People For the American Way has been keeping a close eye on her since reports of her nomination first surfaced last November—with good reason. Years of PFAW…

  • People For in Action
    September 19, 2017 10:54 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Thomas Farr’s Nomination

    On July 13, 2017, President Trump nominated Thomas Farr to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Farr's hearing for September 20. People For the American Way…

  • People For in Action
    Joint Statement: Groups Urge Careful Monitoring of Global Gag Rule
    September 18, 2017 2:06 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Joint Statement: Groups Urge Careful Monitoring of Global Gag Rule

    Back in January, one of President Trump's first official actions was to reinstate and expand the global gag rule, a harmful policy that hijacks U.S. global health assistance in the name of anti-choice politics. The strikingly named "Protecting Life" implementation…

  • News and Analysis
    Video: A Two-Minute Update on Trump’s Sham Voter Suppression Commission
    September 18, 2017 9:02 am | By Layne Amerikaner

    Video: A Two-Minute Update on Trump’s Sham Voter Suppression Commission

    While we already knew that President Trump’s so-called “election integrity” commission was a sham, this week brought a few new pieces of evidence that shredded any credibility the commission might have had left. In a short video, PFAW Senior Fellow…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: DOJ Must Develop a Plan of Action on Hate Crimes
    September 15, 2017 4:13 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: DOJ Must Develop a Plan of Action on Hate Crimes

    Congress has given the Department of Justice the responsibility of prosecuting hate crimes, which include violence and threats based on a person’s race, color, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. But since President Trump and Attorney General…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Workplace Equality Advocates Express Concern Over Janet Dhillon’s Nomination
    September 15, 2017 1:49 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Workplace Equality Advocates Express Concern Over Janet Dhillon’s Nomination

    On June 29, 2017, President Trump nominated Janet Dhillon to lead the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee has scheduled Dhillon's hearing for September 19. People For the American Way and PFAW's African…

  • News and Analysis
    No Such Thing as Exceptions to the Blue Slip Rule
    September 14, 2017 4:46 pm | By Paul Gordon

    No Such Thing as Exceptions to the Blue Slip Rule

    In their effort to stack our nation’s federal courts with as many far-right ideologues as possible, Republicans have been threatening to do away with the blue slip policy. Conservatives are outraged that Democratic senators dare to exercise a right they…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Allison Eid’s Nomination
    September 14, 2017 3:43 pm | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Allison Eid’s Nomination

    On June 7, 2017, President Trump nominated Allison Eid to be a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Eid's hearing for September 20. People For the American Way sent the following letter…

  • Op-Ed
    Jeff Sessions’ Lies Reveal the Truth about Trump Rescinding DACA
    September 13, 2017 8:48 am | By Peter Montgomery

    Jeff Sessions’ Lies Reveal the Truth about Trump Rescinding DACA

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. When it comes to demonizing immigrants and employing dog whistles to the racist and nativist Right, Donald Trump has never been all that subtle. He launched his presidential campaign with vicious attacks on Mexican…