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  • People For in Action
    People Rally at the Capitol to Stop Homophobic Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer
    November 20, 2017 5:37 pm | By Bradley Williams

    People Rally at the Capitol to Stop Homophobic Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer

    Last week at the Capitol, people rallied to call for senators to oppose the nomination of Jeff Mateer to a seat on the federal bench. Mateer, who is nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern…

  • News and Analysis
    Chuck Grassley’s Unprincipled Chairmanship
    November 20, 2017 5:16 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Chuck Grassley’s Unprincipled Chairmanship

    In 2015, Chuck Grassley became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has the immense responsibility of carefully investigating the records of those nominated for lifetime positions as federal judges. Our judiciary exists to make sure that we are “a…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Our Courts
    November 17, 2017 6:38 pm | By Christin “CiCi” Battle, Drew Courtney, Marge Baker

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Our Courts

    In the Trump era, our nation’s courts have served as a powerful check on this administration’s extreme agenda, from blocking the Muslim ban to halting Trump’s ban on transgender troops. But Republicans are working hard to fill the federal bench…

  • News and Analysis
    Chuck Grassley’s Sounds of Silence
    November 17, 2017 5:39 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Chuck Grassley’s Sounds of Silence

    On November 15, 2017, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote the following about the blue slip policy, to justify his ditching any meaningful version of it: Consultation with the White House is something we senators should value and encourage. But…

  • People For in Action
    Richard Serra Donates Series “Fake President” to PFAW Foundation
    November 17, 2017 5:12 pm | By People For Staff

    Richard Serra Donates Series “Fake President” to PFAW Foundation

    Richard Serra, legendary American artist renowned for his large metal sculptures and black and white works, has created an iconic series titled Fake President in honor of Norman Lear’s 95th birthday and to help PFAW Foundation. The donation reflects the longstanding…

  • News and Analysis
    Neil Gorsuch Channels His Inner Mr. Burns
    November 17, 2017 2:20 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Neil Gorsuch Channels His Inner Mr. Burns

    Laughing at the weak and injured — especially when you tried to injure them even more — is classic behavior for a bully and a thug. Last night, Justice Neil Gorsuch showed that that’s exactly what he is. In a…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Trump Tax Scam Threatens Immigrant Children
    November 17, 2017 11:15 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Trump Tax Scam Threatens Immigrant Children

    President Trump and the GOP Congress are running a tax scam that's a real winner for wealthy people and corporations and a real loser for everyone else. They are making empty child care promises, attacking religious liberty by doing away…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Invest in the Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People
    November 17, 2017 9:37 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Invest in the Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People

    One of the critical questions that must be answered before the December 8 government funding deadline is whether the U.S. will continue to invest in the reproductive health and rights of its young people. In a November 16 letter to…

  • News and Analysis
    Holes in Grassley’s Blue Slip Story
    November 16, 2017 6:44 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Holes in Grassley’s Blue Slip Story

    Chuck Grassley wrote this about blue slips in the Des Moines Register in 2015: For nearly a century, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has brought nominees up for committee consideration only after both home-state senators have signed and…

  • News and Analysis
    Why is Grassley Tying Blue Slips to the Filibuster Rules Change?
    November 16, 2017 4:08 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Why is Grassley Tying Blue Slips to the Filibuster Rules Change?

    Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley has eliminated the longtime blue slip policy: Despite opposition from home state senator Al Franken, Grassley will hold a hearing for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras. Grassley foreshadowed this a day earlier, in a…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: ICE Proposes Ineffective and Discriminatory Digital Muslim Ban
    November 16, 2017 4:07 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: ICE Proposes Ineffective and Discriminatory Digital Muslim Ban

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims that its new vetting program will "evaluate an applicant's probability of becoming a positively contributing member of society" and "assess whether an applicant intends to commit…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Don Willett’s Nomination
    November 15, 2017 10:55 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Don Willett’s Nomination

    On October 3, President Trump nominated Don Willett to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee held Willett's hearing on November 15. People For the American Way sent the following letter…

  • People For in Action
    Hate Doesn’t Belong in Texas Courts—Or Anywhere Else
    November 14, 2017 5:09 pm | By Leslie Watson Malachi

    Hate Doesn’t Belong in Texas Courts—Or Anywhere Else

    The following remarks were delivered by Reverend Leslie Watson Malachi, director of PFAW’s African American Religious Affairs program, at a rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday opposing the nomination of Jeff Mateer to the federal bench. Let me start by…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW’s Latinos Vote! Campaign: Winning in Virginia
    November 13, 2017 1:46 pm | By Lizet Ocampo

    PFAW’s Latinos Vote! Campaign: Winning in Virginia

    Last week in Virginia, voters dealt a huge blow to the Trump agenda by defeating Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie in his campaign to exploit xenophobia and anti-Latino bigotry to become the state’s next governor. Unsurprisingly, Latino voters helped lead…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Changing the Face of Politics
    November 10, 2017 10:12 am | By Christin “CiCi” Battle, Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Changing the Face of Politics

    Democrats swept the elections this week, and a diverse group of young candidates won big. From Virginia’s Danica Roem, who will be the first openly transgender state legislator, to Melvin Carter, elected as the first African American mayor of St. Paul,…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Brett Talley’s Nomination
    November 9, 2017 2:35 pm | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Brett Talley’s Nomination

    On September 7, President Trump nominated Brett Talley to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The Senate Judiciary Committee held Talley's hearing on October 17 and voted Talley out of committee on November…

  • People For in Action
    Landslide! The Blue Wave You Built
    November 8, 2017 1:33 pm | By Michael Keegan

    Landslide! The Blue Wave You Built

    It would be hard to overstate this win. All across the country, progressives scored major victories in elections Tuesday night. Control of the Washington State Senate flipped to the Democrats — and, with it, control of the entire state government.…

  • People For in Action
    Public Education Advocates Condemn Trump Tax Scam, Applaud Sewell Bill
    November 8, 2017 12:19 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Public Education Advocates Condemn Trump Tax Scam, Applaud Sewell Bill

    Update: On November 13, the National Coalition for Public Education released another statement on the Trump tax scam. This time, NCPE called out Senators Hatch and Scott for trying to slip their own school voucher-like schemes into the Senate tax…

  • News and Analysis
    As revelations continue, don’t put Trump’s lawyer on the D.C. Circuit
    November 8, 2017 11:54 am | By Paul Gordon

    As revelations continue, don’t put Trump’s lawyer on the D.C. Circuit

    On November 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Greg Katsas’ nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Katsas has been loyally serving Donald Trump as his deputy White House Counsel since the…

  • Federal Update
    Trump Tax Scam Sets Up Big Losses for Our Families and Our Rights
    November 3, 2017 2:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Trump Tax Scam Sets Up Big Losses for Our Families and Our Rights

    Update: On the afternoon of November 3, People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action joined Americans United for Separation of Church and State and 75 other organizations to strongly oppose the language in President Trump's…