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  • 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…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Healthy Communities Depend On High-Quality Family Planning
    September 12, 2017 9:01 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Healthy Communities Depend On High-Quality Family Planning

    On September 8, President Trump signed legislation that includes a three-month extension for government funding and the debt ceiling. December will now be a critical test for Trump and the GOP Congress—whether they will prioritize your needs or continue on…

  • News and Analysis
    Eric Dreiband Follows the Jeff Sessions Model: Lie
    September 12, 2017 8:56 am | By Paul Gordon

    Eric Dreiband Follows the Jeff Sessions Model: Lie

    Eric Dreiband—President Trump’s nominee to run DoJ’s Civil Rights Division—learned something important last January. When Jeff Sessions lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing, Republicans rewarded his dishonesty by confirming him as the nation’s top…

  • News and Analysis
    The Religious Right’s Bankrupt Attacks on Democratic Senators’ Questioning of Amy Coney Barrett
    September 8, 2017 5:15 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Religious Right’s Bankrupt Attacks on Democratic Senators’ Questioning of Amy Coney Barrett

    Right wing organizations are at it again, with phony accusations that Democrats are anti-Catholic.  This time, their targets are the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The senators’ crime: asking a judicial nominee questions about an article she wrote that…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Civil and Human Rights Groups Support the Dream Act
    September 8, 2017 9:46 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Civil and Human Rights Groups Support the Dream Act

    On September 5, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has provided 800,000 young adults with work authorization and a reprieve from deportation. People For the American Way called President Trump's…