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  • October 2, 2009 3:41 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Standing Up For Kevin Jennings

    The Right Wing smear machine has been in overdrive attacking Kevin Jennings, who heads the Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  But the education community is having none of it. The National Association of School Psychologists…

  • September 29, 2009 8:44 pm | By Dennis

    Rep. Franks calls President Obama “an enemy of humanity”

    Recently, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) accused President Obama as being “an enemy of humanity” in a speech at the How to Take Back America Conference. Rep. Franks said:We shouldn't be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A…

  • September 18, 2009 10:21 pm | By Josh

    Mary Travers, Defender of Democracy and Folk Music Legend, R.I.P.

    Mary Travers of the folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary passed away this week. She was a longtime friend, ally, and supporter of People For the American Way and a powerful advocate for justice and equal rights throughout her…

  • September 18, 2009 2:57 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Obama Nominates First Openly Gay EEOC Commissioner

    President Obama recently nominated Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  She'll be the first openly gay person to hold that post.Feldblum, a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, previously served as legislative counsel to the AIDS Project…

  • September 17, 2009 8:20 pm | By Tanya

    Happy Constitution Day!

    At People For, our mission is to promote and defend constitutional values, so September 17th, Constitution Day, has a special place in our heart. Senator Robert Byrd passed legislation to create Constitution Day in 2004, and we wanted to celebrate…

  • September 15, 2009 2:45 pm | By Marge Baker

    The Writing is on the Wall

    The writing is on the wall. As any number of commentators have suggested, it’s pretty clear that no matter whom the President nominates for the next Supreme Court vacancy, the Republicans and their allies on the far right are going…

  • September 14, 2009 5:22 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Bagram Detainees Obtain Right to Challenge Detention

    The Washington Post reported on Sunday, that the Obama administration this week will put in place a new review system to allow detainees held by the U.S. at a military base in Bagram, Afghanistan the ability to challenge their detentions. …

  • September 14, 2009 5:07 pm | By Tanya

    DOJ Won’t Prosecute Schlozman

    In a disappointing move, Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to prosecute former head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division and interim U.S. Attorney Bradley Schlozman for lying to Congress, instead giving deference to the decision of the Bush…

  • September 14, 2009 4:53 pm | By Marge Baker

    Rosen on Roberts

    Jeffrey Rosen’s op ed piece in the New York Times over the weekend, The Trial of John Roberts, echoes a theme noted by a number of commentators, one on which I posted last week: that the Supreme Court’s decision to…

  • September 11, 2009 7:20 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    A personal reflection on 9-11

    It's hard to believe that 9-11 was eight years ago. My partner Dan had just moved from Chicago to DC a month before. After watching the buildings fall from the PFAW conference room, and hearing rumors about a truck bomb at…

  • September 10, 2009 9:55 pm | By Tanya

    Rep. Joe Wilson’s Macaca Moment

    Causing a stir on the Internet and throughout Capitol Hill, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted “you lie” during Pres. Obama’s health care speech to a joint session of Congress. Rep. Wilson, who claims that his emotions got the best of…

  • September 9, 2009 4:24 pm | By Marge Baker

    It’s More than Balls and Strikes

    The Supreme Court is about to hear argument in a case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that should put an end to the myth advanced by Chief Justice Roberts at his confirmation hearing that he, as a Justice, is…

  • September 4, 2009 3:22 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Young Elected Officials Stand Up for Domestic Partner Benefits

    Congratulations to El Paso, Texas, where unmarried partners of both gay and straight city employees will be eligible for insurance benifits.  And congratulations to City Representatives Eddie Holguin, Rachel Quintana, and Suzie Byrd, members of PFAW Foundation's Young Elected Officials…

  • September 3, 2009 10:16 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Must Read: E.J. Dionne’s ‘The Real Town Hall Story’

    A must read, today’s E.J. Dionne column in the Washington Post “The Real Town Hall Story,” recounts a side of the town halls that was missing from television news coverage: that the “highly publicized screamers represented only a fraction of…

  • September 1, 2009 1:59 pm | By Marge Baker

    Returning Justice to Justice: Stop the Obstruction

    Don't miss today's New York Times article on the steps Attorney General Eric Holder is taking to restore the Civil Rights Division's historic focus on high-impact enforcement against policies that have a discriminatory impact on minorities. Also underway are plans…

  • August 21, 2009 3:27 pm | By Marge Baker

    The Republicans’ New Super-Super Majority Rule

    Check out this classic piece by Rachel Maddow, illustrating how far the Republicans are willing to go as the Party of No.

  • August 18, 2009 10:13 pm | By Stacey Gates

    A Historical Perspective on Right Wing Paranoia

    In Sunday’s Washington Post, historian and journalist Rick Perlstein offers up an insightful historical perspective on the teabaggers, birthers, and deathers who’ve been thrust to the forefront by the media, claiming to speak for all Americans in opposition to everything…

  • August 12, 2009 10:52 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Congratulations Dr. Joseph Lowery, Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Dr. Joseph Lowery, civil rights icon and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was awarded the nation’s highest honor today, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama:Calling him a “giant” of the civil rights movement, President Barack…

  • August 12, 2009 4:40 pm | By Drew Courtney

    President Obama Hosts Justice Sotomayor at the White House

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in on this Saturday, and today President Obama hosted a reception to celebrate her confirmation and her new role.  His remarks are right on the money. Justice Sotomayor's rise from humble beginnings to the height…

  • July 31, 2009 9:50 pm | By Marge Baker

    Patrick Leahy is fed up … and he should be

    Patrick Leahy is fed up and he should be. Dawn Johnsen, President Obama's nominee to head the all important Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department, has been awaiting action by the full Senate since mid-March. David Hamilton, President…