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  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Anti-Choice Movement Tries an (Old) New Tactic
    January 26, 2018 1:44 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Anti-Choice Movement Tries an (Old) New Tactic

    Tens of thousands of anti-choice activists came to Washington, D.C., this month to demonstrate against the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but some abortion-rights opponents aren’t stopping at marches. In the January 26 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” we…

  • News and Analysis
    Jeff Sessions Is Just Getting Started: 7 Things You May’ve Missed Over the Holidays
    January 26, 2018 12:29 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    Jeff Sessions Is Just Getting Started: 7 Things You May’ve Missed Over the Holidays

    In 1986, the late civil rights activist Coretta Scott King sent senators a nine-page statement opposing Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as a federal judge, writing: “A person who has exhibited so much hostility to… the exercise of [voting] rights by Black…

  • News and Analysis
    Defending the Blue Slip: Chuck Grassley Makes the Case Against Himself
    January 26, 2018 12:08 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Defending the Blue Slip: Chuck Grassley Makes the Case Against Himself

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, who strongly defended the “blue slip” policy for President Obama’s judicial nominees, has done a screeching U-turn since Donald Trump took office. On January 24, Grassley held a confirmation hearing for a judicial nominee, Michael Brennan, without…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Nominee Shows Astonishing Ignorance of Racial Bias
    January 24, 2018 4:53 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Trump Nominee Shows Astonishing Ignorance of Racial Bias

    If you cannot or will not acknowledge that there is at least implicit racial bias in our nation’s criminal justice system, you have no business being confirmed to a court that regularly reviews criminal proceedings.  If you’ve served as a…

  • News and Analysis
    New “Conscience” Rule Will Hurt LGBTQ People and Women of Color
    January 24, 2018 3:53 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    New “Conscience” Rule Will Hurt LGBTQ People and Women of Color

    On January 18, the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of a “conscience and religious freedom” division. They followed that up on January 19 with proposed regulations that could expand religious exemption laws in new…

  • News and Analysis
    Neil Gorsuch Continues to Flaunt Inappropriate Partisanship
    January 23, 2018 5:31 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Neil Gorsuch Continues to Flaunt Inappropriate Partisanship

    What’s wrong with having dinner with high-ranking Senate Republicans? Nothing, unless you’re a member of the Supreme Court with an obligation to avoid both real and apparent bias. On January 22, Sen. Lamar Alexander tweeted: I enjoyed having dinner tonight…

  • People For in Action
    Separating Immigrant Families is Fundamentally Un-American
    January 22, 2018 3:02 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Separating Immigrant Families is Fundamentally Un-American

    While we work hard to keep permanent protection for Dreamers at the top of Congress's to-do list, immigration advocates are also keeping a watchful eye on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). On December 21, The New York Times…

  • People For in Action
    Moving Forward on Michael Brennan Nomination Would Mark Dangerous Surrender to Trump
    January 22, 2018 1:58 pm | By Marge Baker

    Moving Forward on Michael Brennan Nomination Would Mark Dangerous Surrender to Trump

    On August 3, President Trump nominated Michael Brennan to a Wisconsin seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Brennan's hearing for January 24, but People For the American opposes that…

  • News and Analysis
    12 Months of Trump: 12 Attacks on the American Way
    January 19, 2018 4:28 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    12 Months of Trump: 12 Attacks on the American Way

    On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the president of the United States. The resistance has claimed significant victories since then, including sweeping the elections in November, stopping extremist judicial nominees, and signing up millions for Obamacare.…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Fight Against ‘Citizens United’
    January 19, 2018 2:31 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Rio Tazewell

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Fight Against ‘Citizens United’

    This weekend marks the eighth anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which paved the way for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing elections. In the January 19 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin…

  • People For in Action
    Congress Must Address Its Harassment and Discrimination Problem
    January 19, 2018 1:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Congress Must Address Its Harassment and Discrimination Problem

    As women in Hollywood organize to tackle harassment and discrimination, the U.S. Congress is working on new protections for its workforce. On January 18, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that aims to address complainants' resources and rights, dispute…

  • News and Analysis
    Republicans Advance More Dangerously Unqualified Nominees
    January 19, 2018 12:17 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Republicans Advance More Dangerously Unqualified Nominees

    On January 18, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a large number of nominees, six of whom we have opposed as dangerously unqualified: Thomas Farr; Eric Dreiband; Mark Norris; Matthew Kacsmaryk; Kyle Duncan; and David Stras. Five of…

  • News and Analysis
    TIME Cover on Women Candidates Features Five Endorsees of PFAW’s ‘Next Up’ Program
    January 18, 2018 5:06 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    TIME Cover on Women Candidates Features Five Endorsees of PFAW’s ‘Next Up’ Program

    The new TIME Magazine cover features first-time women candidates who have run for office since Donald Trump was elected, including many who won their races in 2017. Among them are five trailblazing women in Virginia who were supported by People…

  • News and Analysis
    PFAW Calls Out Senators Who Honor Dr. King Then Vote for Thomas Farr
    January 18, 2018 12:40 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    PFAW Calls Out Senators Who Honor Dr. King Then Vote for Thomas Farr

    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Republicans in Congress flock to social media to post their favorite Dr. King quotes out of context and reflect on his legacy of equality and justice. At the same time, they refuse to act…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Allies at the Supreme Court to Rally for Voting Rights
    January 17, 2018 4:13 pm | By Bradley Williams

    PFAW Joins Allies at the Supreme Court to Rally for Voting Rights

    On Wednesday PFAW and allies protested outside the Supreme Court before the oral arguments of the blockbuster voting rights case Husted v. Philip A Randolph Institute. A broad coalition of cultural advocacy and civil rights leaders rallied to demand that…

  • News and Analysis
    The Racist in the Oval Office
    January 17, 2018 12:47 pm | By Diallo Brooks

    The Racist in the Oval Office

    In the media, there’s often been a reluctance to use the “R-Word” to label behavior, watering it down to terms like “offensive” or “inappropriate,” but we need to say it loud and clear: President Trump’s attacks on black and brown…

  • People For in Action
    We Are Strongest When We Stand Together
    January 17, 2018 11:45 am | By Jen Herrick

    We Are Strongest When We Stand Together

    From Dreamers and other immigrants, to disaster relief, to children’s health care, and a number of other vital issues and programs, Republicans have taken their eyes off of addressing the most urgent priorities of their constituents. On January 11, with…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Winning in 2018
    January 12, 2018 4:05 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Lizet Ocampo

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Winning in 2018

    The 2017 elections saw big victories for Democrats—with diverse, progressive candidates winning across the country. Will this momentum carry through in 2018? In the January 12 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney talked…

  • People For in Action
    Groups Renew Call for No Poison Pill Policy Riders
    January 11, 2018 5:26 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Groups Renew Call for No Poison Pill Policy Riders

    People For the American Way is among nearly 150 Clean Budget Coalition supporters renewing their call to keep spending measures free of poison pill policy riders. Unpopular, unnecessary, partisan provisions that get tacked on in secret have nothing to do…

  • People For in Action
    DOJ Request for Census Citizenship Question is Unnecessary and Harmful
    January 11, 2018 3:12 pm | By Jen Herrick

    DOJ Request for Census Citizenship Question is Unnecessary and Harmful

    As if the InJustice Department weren't busy enough, DOJ wrote to the U.S. Census Bureau on December 12 to request that a new citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census. Simply put, such a request is untimely, unnecessary, and…