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  • 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…

  • Op-Ed
    What This Week’s Events, Including Indictments, Tell Us About Trump’s Judicial Nominations
    November 3, 2017 1:47 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    What This Week’s Events, Including Indictments, Tell Us About Trump’s Judicial Nominations

    This piece was originally published on HuffPost. By any standard, it’s been a very eventful week in our nation’s capital. But significant developments that may not seem related—including action on the Senate floor and in the Judiciary Committee, as well…

  • News and Analysis
    Republicans Are Playing the “Religion Card” with Judicial Nominees
    November 3, 2017 1:00 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Republicans Are Playing the “Religion Card” with Judicial Nominees

    Eighth Circuit nominee Steve Grasz—you know, the one who was deemed unqualified by a unanimous panel of the ABA—had his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 1. It lasted about two hours, and we got to see him…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Environmental Justice (and a Baking Scandal)
    November 3, 2017 11:07 am | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Environmental Justice (and a Baking Scandal)

    As the country is still reeling from disasterous storms, the Trump administration continues to stake out harmful positions on environmental issues that shape many communities’ quality of life. In the November 3 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Judicial Nominee Leonard Steven Grasz Lacks Respect for the Law
    November 2, 2017 11:55 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: Judicial Nominee Leonard Steven Grasz Lacks Respect for the Law

    In August, Trump nominated Leonard Steven Grasz to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee held Grasz’s hearing on Wednesday, November 1. In examining Grasz’s record, including more than a decade as Chief…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Mark Norris’s Judicial Nomination
    November 1, 2017 10:22 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Mark Norris’s Judicial Nomination

    On July 13, President Trump nominated state Sen. Mark Norris to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Norris's hearing on Wednesday, November 1. People For the American Way…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and Allies Tell Ed Gillespie and Marco Rubio: Racism Has No Place in Virginia
    October 31, 2017 5:26 pm | By Rachel Foster

    PFAW and Allies Tell Ed Gillespie and Marco Rubio: Racism Has No Place in Virginia

    With just a week left until Election Day in Virginia, on Monday evening People For the American Way, CASA in Action, Indivisible, and other allies protested the racist rhetoric being spewed throughout Virginia by Ed Gillespie and his campaign for governor,…

  • People For in Action
    Supreme Court Brief: Religion Should Not be Used as a Sword to Discriminate
    October 31, 2017 12:47 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Supreme Court Brief: Religion Should Not be Used as a Sword to Discriminate

    On December 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, yet another legal vehicle being used by the Religious Right to co-opt religious liberty and turn it into a license…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Oppose USA LIBERTY Act
    October 31, 2017 12:07 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Oppose USA LIBERTY Act

    Update: On November 8, the House Judiciary Committee defeated an amendment offered by Representatives Ted Poe and Zoe Lofgren to help close the backdoor search loophole. PFAW, Demand Progress, and 41 other organizations supported the Poe-Lofgren amendment. You can view…

  • News and Analysis
    ABA Calls Trump Circuit Court Nominee Grasz “Not Qualified”
    October 31, 2017 10:03 am | By Paul Gordon

    ABA Calls Trump Circuit Court Nominee Grasz “Not Qualified”

    On October 26, People For the American Way sent a letter expressing our opposition to the Grasz nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can download this letter here. On Monday, a unanimous panel of the American Bar Association, which…

  • News and Analysis
    Roy Moore, Amy Coney Barrett and ‘Religious Tests’ For Office
    October 30, 2017 3:00 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Roy Moore, Amy Coney Barrett and ‘Religious Tests’ For Office

    The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday night on cloture on the nomination of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to a Circuit Court judgeship based in Chicago. Barrett became a cause célèbre for the Right when, at her…

  • Op-Ed
    Don’t Let Republican Smears Distract From Trump Judges’ Horrible Records
    October 30, 2017 2:53 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Don’t Let Republican Smears Distract From Trump Judges’ Horrible Records

    This post was originally published on HuffPost. The Senate is getting ready to move on another set of awful judicial nominees chosen to advance the far-right’s goal of gaining ideological dominance over the federal judiciary as a way to reverse many of the…