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  • News and Analysis
    The Latest Chapter in Trump’s Plan to Fill Our Courts With Judges Who Won’t Stand Up to His Abuses of Power
    October 11, 2017 8:01 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    The Latest Chapter in Trump’s Plan to Fill Our Courts With Judges Who Won’t Stand Up to His Abuses of Power

    This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post. One of the many objections to President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was Gorsuch’s troubling record in the Bush Justice Department of advocating and defending broad assertions of presidential power that…

  • News and Analysis
    Jeff Sessions’ Love Letter to the Religious Right
    October 6, 2017 5:01 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Jeff Sessions’ Love Letter to the Religious Right

    Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice has released its long-awaited guidance on how the federal government should interpret and apply the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to all federal government programs. The guidance addresses a number of issues,…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Shonda and the Supreme Court
    October 6, 2017 1:49 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Paul Gordon

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Shonda and the Supreme Court

    The first Supreme Court term of the Trump era is off and running, and there’s plenty to be paying attention to—from gerrymandering to LGBTQ rights to attacks on people who work for a living. In the October 6 episode of…

  • People For in Action
    Hundreds Rally at the Supreme Court to End Partisan Gerrymandering
    October 5, 2017 3:10 pm | By Bradley Williams

    Hundreds Rally at the Supreme Court to End Partisan Gerrymandering

    During this week’s oral arguments in a Supreme Court case called Gill v. Whitford that will have huge implications for our democracy, PFAW joined the hundreds of people rallying outside the Court to show support for ending partisan gerrymandering. As…

  • News and Analysis
    Jeff Mateer And The “Kill The Gays” Conference
    October 3, 2017 9:04 am | By Paul Gordon

    Jeff Mateer And The “Kill The Gays” Conference

    Many of President Trump’s judicial nominees have sought to ensure that LGBTQ people be considered dangerous and unworthy of equal protection under the law. But Texas district court nominee Jeff Mateer actually attended an infamous “kill the gays" conference back…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Federal Budget Will Impact LGBTQ People
    September 29, 2017 3:32 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Federal Budget Will Impact LGBTQ People

    Next week is shaping up to be a big week for the federal budget. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider its budget resolution on the House floor, and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget will likely…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: IRS Vacancy Poses New Potential Conflicts of Interest for Trump
    September 29, 2017 3:27 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: IRS Vacancy Poses New Potential Conflicts of Interest for Trump

    John Koskinen, head of the Internal Revenue Service, will be leaving when his term expires in early November. Despite being well aware of this upcoming vacancy, President Trump has yet to nominate Koskinen's successor, and reports suggest that he and…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Kaepernick and Korean Spas
    September 29, 2017 1:18 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Kaepernick and Korean Spas

    Protest isn’t unpatriotic, but attacking the First Amendment rights of Black athletes certainly is. In the September 29 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney sit down with PFAW Senior Director of Outreach and…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: DeVos Makes “Deeply Troubling” Move in Rescinding Sexual Violence Guidance
    September 29, 2017 8:55 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: DeVos Makes “Deeply Troubling” Move in Rescinding Sexual Violence Guidance

    On September 20, the public comment period closed for evaluating a range of existing U.S. Department of Education regulations. Less than 36 hours later, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the rescission of Obama-era Title IX guidance for how schools should…

  • State and Local Update
    5 Virginia Bills That Would Be Law If It Weren’t For a Democratic Governor
    September 28, 2017 2:30 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    5 Virginia Bills That Would Be Law If It Weren’t For a Democratic Governor

    On November 7, Virginia voters will head to the polls to decide who will take the governor's seat after Governor Terry McAuliffe's term comes to an end: Democrat Ralph Northam or Republican Ed Gillespie. Traditionally, progressive voter turnout is suppressed…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Question Gorsuch Appearance at Trump Hotel
    September 28, 2017 2:03 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Question Gorsuch Appearance at Trump Hotel

    On September 28, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered a keynote address for The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), a conservative group celebrating their 50th anniversary at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Amid the ongoing furor over Trump's…

  • Federal Update
    PFAW Endorses Udall-Price “We the People” Legislation
    September 28, 2017 1:02 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Endorses Udall-Price “We the People” Legislation

    On September 27, People For the American Way joined Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, and government ethics experts Norman Eisen and Richard Painter in applauding the We the People…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Senators Must Scrutinize FEC Nominee Trey Trainor
    September 27, 2017 3:20 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Senators Must Scrutinize FEC Nominee Trey Trainor

    On September 14, President Trump nominated James E. "Trey" Trainor III to a seat on the Federal Election Commission. The next step is for the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration to schedule Trainor's hearing. People For the American Way…

  • Op-Ed
    When Charges of Anti-Religious Bigotry Become a Cynical Distraction
    September 26, 2017 1:02 pm | By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

    When Charges of Anti-Religious Bigotry Become a Cynical Distraction

     This post was originally published on Medium. Bigotry is a deadly reality in this country, something that many people deny even as its violent consequences are right before our eyes. We need to foster a greater willingness to acknowledge the…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump v. Mueller?
    September 26, 2017 8:34 am | By Arn Pearson

    Trump v. Mueller?

    This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post. After a relatively quiet summer, September has seen a flurry of media reports that suggest special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian-interference investigation is heating up. Whether it’s the FBI raid on former Trump campaign manager…

  • People For in Action
    A Sneak Preview of “The Progressive Happy Hour” Podcast
    September 25, 2017 1:58 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    A Sneak Preview of “The Progressive Happy Hour” Podcast

    In this short preview, hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney introduce “The Progressive Happy Hour,” the new podcast from progressive advocacy organization People For the American Way. “The Progressive Happy Hour” is all about talking politics with pop culture,…

  • People For in Action
    Supreme Court Brief: Ohio Voter Purge Harms Asian Americans and Latinx People
    September 25, 2017 1:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Supreme Court Brief: Ohio Voter Purge Harms Asian Americans and Latinx People

    On November 8, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a case challenging Ohio's practice of purging voters. According to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice |…

  • People For in Action
    Letters: Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equality Advocates Oppose Trumpcare
    September 25, 2017 11:56 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letters: Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equality Advocates Oppose Trumpcare

    This week is do-or-die for the latest attempt to pass Trumpcare. Even with Senator McCain's opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal, this fight is not over until the final votes are taken on the Senate floor. We are not letting up…

  • People For in Action
    Banned Books Week Resists Censorship and Celebrates the Freedom to Read
    September 25, 2017 11:40 am | By Peter Montgomery

    Banned Books Week Resists Censorship and Celebrates the Freedom to Read

    People For the American Way Foundation is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and an opportunity for readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, and First Amendment advocates to call for continued vigilance against efforts…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Call For Special Counsel Protections
    September 25, 2017 9:32 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Call For Special Counsel Protections

    The past week has brought a deluge of news related to the Mueller investigation. A Newsweek headline blared, "Trump's New Solicitor General Could Fire Russia Investigator Robert Mueller." USA Today ominously reported, "Congress should protect evidence gathered by Mueller in…