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  • Op-Ed
    RIP Jonathan Demme
    April 26, 2017 2:02 pm | By

    RIP Jonathan Demme

    People For the American Way Foundation board members and staff offer heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jonathan Demme, an Oscar-winning director and a friend to the organization since its inception. Demme died at his home this morning…

  • People For in Action
    President Trump Gets an “F” for Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in His First 100 Days
    April 26, 2017 1:53 pm | By Jen Herrick

    President Trump Gets an “F” for Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in His First 100 Days

    With his 100th day in office fast approaching, People For the American Way and our government reform allies, led by Democracy 21, have given President Trump an "F" for his performance on such critical governance issues as integrity, transparency, and…

  • People For in Action
    100 Days of Fighting Back Brings Wins for The Trump Resistance
    April 26, 2017 12:27 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    100 Days of Fighting Back Brings Wins for The Trump Resistance

    The morning after Election Day was full of shock. Even ardent Trump supporters were caught off guard by the Electoral College win from the same man who revived the birther myth against President Obama for years and bragged that he…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins 80+ Organizations to Oppose Another Empty GOP Promise for Working Families
    April 26, 2017 11:49 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Joins 80+ Organizations to Oppose Another Empty GOP Promise for Working Families

    It sounds great: "Working Families Flexibility Act." But this legislation, being considered today by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, is anything but a win for people struggling to manage the demands of job and family, and to…

  • News and Analysis
    100 Days Of Trump: Delivering For The Extreme Religious Right
    April 26, 2017 10:53 am | By Brian Tashman

    100 Days Of Trump: Delivering For The Extreme Religious Right

    This was originally posted at Right Wing Watch. President Trump’s first 100 days in office, judging by his own campaign promises, have been a disaster, with his administration bogged down by scandals, infighting, and ineptitude. While Trump has now complained…

  • Op-Ed
    100 Days in the New White House Swamp
    April 26, 2017 10:03 am | By Arn Pearson

    100 Days in the New White House Swamp

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, D.C., “make our government honest again,” and “put America first,” while deriding his opponents for being in the pockets of…

  • News and Analysis
    GOP Should Not Hold the Government Hostage to Push Through an Extreme Agenda
    April 25, 2017 4:51 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    GOP Should Not Hold the Government Hostage to Push Through an Extreme Agenda

    Time is quickly running out for Congress to work out a spending bill, and while President Trump appears to have backed down from his dangerous insistence on including funding for a border wall in the must-pass legislation, the fight isn’t…

  • People For in Action
    Deep Concerns Regarding Thapar Nomination for 6th Circuit
    April 25, 2017 4:45 pm | By Marge Baker

    Deep Concerns Regarding Thapar Nomination for 6th Circuit

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members to express our deep concerns regarding the nomination of federal district court judge Amul Thapar to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. You can download this…

  • People For in Action
    Dear Betsy, Rethink Your Approach to Civil Rights
    April 25, 2017 1:31 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Dear Betsy, Rethink Your Approach to Civil Rights

    On April 24, People For the American Way and our civil rights allies called on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senators Alexander and Murray to protect all students from discrimination. The groups sent letters to the secretary and the leaders…

  • Federal Update
    With Spring Recess Over, Congress Must Address Looming Trump Threat
    April 24, 2017 2:06 pm | By Jen Herrick

    With Spring Recess Over, Congress Must Address Looming Trump Threat

    Earlier this month, we wrote about President Trump's out-of-step priorities. From policy riders that undermine our rights, our health, and our democracy, to the diversion of government funding away from the critical needs of the most vulnerable among us, Trump…

  • News and Analysis
    The Changing Face of the Justice Department
    April 20, 2017 2:16 pm | By Jen Herrick

    The Changing Face of the Justice Department

    Two years ago this Sunday, on April 23, 2015, Americans celebrated a milestone for diversity and justice when Loretta Lynch was confirmed as the first African American woman to lead the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorneys general play a powerful…

  • News and Analysis
    Gorsuch Hears His First Church-State SCOTUS Case
    April 19, 2017 4:15 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Gorsuch Hears His First Church-State SCOTUS Case

    Oral arguments were held today in what is perhaps the most high-profile case remaining to be argued this term: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. As discussed in our term preview last fall (when the name was Pauley rather…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump’s America: For-Profit Prisons, Immigrant Detention and Shady Political Donations
    April 19, 2017 3:33 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Trump’s America: For-Profit Prisons, Immigrant Detention and Shady Political Donations

    The Trump administration recently awarded a $110 million contract to the GEO Group, one of the country’s largest private prison contractors, to develop and operate a new detention facility in Texas. Despite the fact that last summer the Obama administration…

  • News and Analysis
    Anti-Feminist Zealot Stephen Miller Working on Women’s Issues in the White House
    April 19, 2017 2:08 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    Anti-Feminist Zealot Stephen Miller Working on Women’s Issues in the White House

    Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller thinks the pay gap “has virtually nothing to do with gender discrimination.” Ivanka Trump insists that her father, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women, is “a feminist.” Yet somehow, this duo appears to…

  • Federal Update
    Trump’s Dangerous Team, Round Two
    April 18, 2017 9:05 am | By Jen Herrick

    Trump’s Dangerous Team, Round Two

    In order to carry out a set of priorities that are out of step with the American people, President Trump packed his cabinet with a radical group of right-wing ideologues who are either unqualified for their positions or have built careers…

  • Op-Ed
    When It Comes to Investing In Youth, Progressives Should Take a Page from the Right-Wing Playbook
    April 18, 2017 8:29 am | By Marie Lindberg

    When It Comes to Investing In Youth, Progressives Should Take a Page from the Right-Wing Playbook

    “The grassroots energy awakened by the 2016 election marks a real opportunity for reinvigorating the left,” write Christin “Cici” Battle,  director of People For the American Way Foundation's Young People For program, and Maggie Thompson, executive director of Generation Progress,…

  • News and Analysis
    Election 2016: Big Money By the Numbers
    April 14, 2017 4:48 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Election 2016: Big Money By the Numbers

    The final political spending numbers from the 2016 election are out—and it’s not good news for our democracy. According to a new report by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), the price tag for the last election comes in at…

  • News and Analysis
    The 20-point Swing in Kansas Should Give Progressives a Lot of Hope
    April 12, 2017 4:45 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    The 20-point Swing in Kansas Should Give Progressives a Lot of Hope

    Backlash against Donald Trump is alive and well—even in Republican strongholds. Last night in the Kansas special election in Congressional District 4, Trump-embracing Republican Ron Estes only beat progressive Democrat James Thompson by a mere 6.8 points. Last November, Trump…

  • Op-Ed
    Safe and Accountable Policing in Black Communities Must Remain a Top Priority
    April 12, 2017 10:36 am | By Diallo Brooks

    Safe and Accountable Policing in Black Communities Must Remain a Top Priority

    This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of reform agreements that are currently in place with a number of police departments across the country. Baltimore activist Kwame Rose wrote that…

  • Federal Update
    With Government Shutdown Deadline Approaching, Next Big Trump Threat Looms Large
    April 11, 2017 9:29 am | By Jen Herrick

    With Government Shutdown Deadline Approaching, Next Big Trump Threat Looms Large

    If there's one way to describe the first few months of the Trump administration, perhaps, to put it mildly, it's this: out of step with the American people. President Trump began by assembling a radical group of right-wing ideologues on…