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  • People For in Action
    PFAW Hosts Sessions Telebriefing
    January 17, 2017 11:49 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Hosts Sessions Telebriefing

    Following last week's hearing on Jeff Sessions' nomination to serve as attorney general, PFAW staff joined members and supporters on a call about the Sessions battle and what it means for other Trump nominees and the emerging resistance to Trump's…

  • News and Analysis
    AG Hearing: Grassley’s Contempt for His Colleagues & for America
    January 17, 2017 11:40 pm | By Paul Gordon

    AG Hearing: Grassley’s Contempt for His Colleagues & for America

    There’s an episode of Star Trek where Edith Keeler tells Captain Kirk, “A lie is a poor way to say hello.”  Whether Chuck Grassley opened Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing with a lie or just an inexplicable mistake, he chose a…

  • News and Analysis
    Blistering Coretta Scott King Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions’ Judicial Nomination Kept Secret For 30 Years
    January 11, 2017 9:20 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Blistering Coretta Scott King Letter Opposing Jeff Sessions’ Judicial Nomination Kept Secret For 30 Years

    When Jeff Sessions was nominated to a federal judgeship in 1986, the late civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was among those who opposed his confirmation. King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., sent senators a nine-page statement opposing…

  • News and Analysis
    Will Sessions Follow the Long Tradition of Recusal?
    January 5, 2017 8:44 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Will Sessions Follow the Long Tradition of Recusal?

    Since Jeff Sessions is a U.S. Senator, he is part of the body that will vote on his confirmation for Attorney General.  That raises the ethical question of whether Sessions should recuse himself from a vote in which he has…

  • People For in Action
    Opposition to Sessions Nomination for Attorney General
    January 5, 2017 6:31 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Opposition to Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate and Judiciary Committee leaders opposing the nomination of Senator Jefferson Sessions to become Attorney General of the United States. You can download this letter here. January 5, 2017 The Honorable…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Foundation Supreme Court Brief: Discrimination Against Muslims is “Very Clearly Illegal”
    December 29, 2016 10:32 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    PFAW Foundation Supreme Court Brief: Discrimination Against Muslims is “Very Clearly Illegal”

    People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) joined with Americans United for Separation of Church and State this week in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in an important Supreme Court case concerning religious discrimination, a case made even more important because…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Allies in March to Say #NoMuslimRegistry
    December 14, 2016 3:18 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    PFAW Joins Allies in March to Say #NoMuslimRegistry

    On Monday People For the American Way joined Move On, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), and other allies for a march and rally in Washington, D.C. to speak out against any registry of Muslim communities. Hundreds of marchers came…

  • People For in Action
    December 9, 2016 10:01 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    One Million Signatures to #StopBannon

    This week PFAW joined a number of allies in delivering more than one million petition signatures calling on Congress to denounce Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s pick as White House chief strategist. The participating groups represent various constituencies under direct threat…

  • People For in Action
    December 9, 2016 7:04 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    PFAW Hosts Telebriefing on How to Fight Back Against Trump and His Dangerous Team

    In our first member telebriefing since Election Day, PFAW staff joined members and supporters on a call about how to fight back against Donald Trump and the dangerous far-right team he is putting in place. Our communications, program, and Right…

  • Federal Update
    December 9, 2016 5:00 am | By Paul Gordon

    Victory on Russell Amendment (For Now)

    To PFAW Activists: You did it! You helped DEFEAT the discriminatory Russell Amendment in the defense authorization bill, which passed in the Senate yesterday after having already passed in the House -- with the Russell Amendment STRIPPED from the bill.…

  • People For in Action
    The Final Push: PFAW’s Latinos Vote! Get Out the Vote Efforts
    November 29, 2016 7:27 pm | By Laura Epstein

    The Final Push: PFAW’s Latinos Vote! Get Out the Vote Efforts

    In addition to PFAW’s efforts dating back to early 2015 to expose and counter the Right and get out the Latino vote this election, PFAW was on the ground in Pennsylvania and Arizona in the final days leading up to…

  • News and Analysis
    November 23, 2016 4:38 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Poll Shows Both Trump and Clinton Voters Want Money in Politics Reform

    A new poll from the Center for American Progress highlights the groundswell of support this election for serious money in politics reform. Given the extreme divisiveness of this election, the results of the poll may come as a surprise to…

  • Op-Ed
    November 23, 2016 5:00 am | By Brian Tashman

    Donald Trump’s Religious Bigotry Isn’t New, But It’s Still Dangerous

    This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post. A disloyal religion. A religion that mandates violence. A religion incompatible with freedom. A religion intent on overthrowing the government. A religion that’s not a religion but a political movement. Such smears were used for years…

  • State and Local Update
    First Win in a Trump Era: Georgia Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry
    November 21, 2016 5:06 pm | By Taif Jany

    First Win in a Trump Era: Georgia Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry

    Following the shocking election results, hate, bigotry, and xenophobia are now on the rise again, and American Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslims, have become some of the first targets. President-elect Trump appears to be seriously considering a registry…

  • Op-Ed
    November 18, 2016 7:32 pm | By Marge Baker

    We Can’t Win a Fight We’re Not In

    This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. In this wrenching week, I have been thinking about something my former boss Paul Wellstone liked to say: “You’ve got to start a fight to win a fight.” An animated professor-turned-senator from…

  • Federal Update
    November 18, 2016 4:39 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Government Spending Showdown May Include Money in Politics Provision

    Perhaps the most critical item on the to-do list for the upcoming Congressional lame duck session is a must-pass spending bill which will keep the government funded for the upcoming fiscal year. In the past these negotiations have turned into…

  • People For in Action
    November 15, 2016 9:18 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    Ask Your Representative to Condemn Hate: Sample Script on Steve Bannon

    This week president-elect Donald Trump decided to name Steve Bannon to a top White House position. Bannon is the former head of far-right outlet Breitbart News, which openly promoted white nationalism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism under Bannon’s leadership. Neo-Nazis and…

  • State and Local Update
    November 10, 2016 11:19 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Local and State Ballot Victories for Democracy

    While the outcome of the election this week is deeply troubling on many levels, there were a number of important ballot initiative victories that will ultimately help pave the way for a democracy that is truly of, by and for…

  • News and Analysis
    “I Think of Voting as a Chess Move, Not a Valentine.”
    November 8, 2016 7:44 pm | By Erik Lampmann

    “I Think of Voting as a Chess Move, Not a Valentine.”

    A version of this post first appeared on the Young People For blog. In a piece published last week in The Nation, the writer and activist Rebecca Solnit spoke powerfully about the importance of voting as a strategic choice rather…

  • People For in Action
    November 1, 2016 9:12 pm | By Alex Hart

    PFAW’s New Ads Reach Spanish-Speaking Voters in North Carolina, Pennsylvania

    Today, PFAW announced new Spanish-language radio ads in Pennsylvania and North Carolina as part of our Latinos Vote! program. The ad in North Carolina targets Burr’s anti-immigrant votes and his embrace of Donald Trump and encourages voters to support Deborah…