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  • November 3, 2008 4:39 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Farewell, Studs

    Last week, Studs Terkel, Pulitzer Prize winning author and activist, died at age 96. Pictured above with Barack Obama, Terkel spoke at People For’s Chicago Spirit of Liberty event in 2004, and his stories about the blacklist and Mahalia Jackson…

  • November 3, 2008 2:52 pm | By Willard

    Time’s A-Wastin’: Get the Information You Need to Vote!

    Unless you've been living under a rock these past two years, you know that Election Day is tomorrow.So the question of today -- Election Day Eve -- is: where the heck do I vote, when do I go, and what…

  • October 31, 2008 2:39 pm | By Willard

    People In The Middle

    The People For Voters Alliance recently released an exciting set of online-only videos made by Academy Award winning director Errol Morris.    Click here to see the rest of the videos.

  • October 30, 2008 10:52 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long

    The Austin-American Statesman has a story on a 109 year old woman – the daughter of a slave – who cast a vote for Senator Obama in this year’s election. Jones' father herded sheep as a slave until he was…

  • October 30, 2008 9:16 pm | By Willard

    Trouble Keeping Track of Ballot Initiatives?

    Having trouble keeping your propositions straight? Ballotpedia to the rescue! The collaborative site is like Wikipedia for local propositions and initiatives, helping citizens of states with lots (and lots) of such measures up for consideration to learn about and keep track of…

  • October 29, 2008 8:35 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Power to the Palm Cards

    Last night, volunteers in DC gathered to do People For the American Way Foundation’s part in a project that will touch hundreds of thousands nationwide. People For the American Way Foundation partnered with the SEIU to produce educational voter ID…

  • October 29, 2008 3:32 pm | By Willard

    Samuel L. Jackson Says: You Have the Right to Vote!

    Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, and Rosie Perez are helping the Election Protection coalition get the word out about the Election Protection hotline — 1-866-OUR-VOTE — which voters can call through Election Day for help if they're facing voter suppression…

  • October 29, 2008 12:13 am | By Marge Baker

    Democracy is about voting!

    Just caught this item on politico.com about Republican Governor Crist of Florida extending early voting hours to the dismay of some of his fellow Republicans.  Dismay that more people will find it easier to vote in this historic election?  I…

  • October 28, 2008 8:59 pm | By Willard

    Good News and Bad News on Hate Crime Rates

    The FBI released official statistics yesterday for how many hate crimes were committed last year. The good news: there was a slight decline in the total number of hate crimes, mostly due to a drop in the number of hate crimes committed…

  • October 27, 2008 5:18 pm | By Willard

    How to Get People to Vote

    Simply ask them if they're going to. So says Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist: You call and ask people ahead of time, "Will you vote?" That's all. "Do you intend to vote?" That increases voting participation substantially, and you…

  • October 27, 2008 4:36 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Best Pro-Marriage Ad So Far

    It’s a totally subjective distinction, I know, but this weekend I saw what is definitely my favorite pro-marriage ad so far. Constitutional principles aside, marriage remains a deeply personal institution, and the best way to win the fight is to…

  • October 24, 2008 9:33 pm | By Willard

    Change Doesn’t Just Happen

    With just over a week to go until the election, things are popping at People For. I want to let you know how we're using your support to make an impact on many fronts.The Voters Alliance: Building Progressive PowerPeople For…

  • October 24, 2008 3:21 pm | By Marge Baker

    Remembering Paul Wellstone

    It's hard to believe , but tomorrow will be the sixth anniversary of the death of Paul Wellstone, his beloved wife Sheila and daughter Marcia, as well as three exceptional and devoted staff members who were with the Wellstones on…

  • October 23, 2008 9:25 pm | By Willard

    U.S. Ranks 36th in Press Freedom Index

    Reporters Without Borders released its annual Press Freedom Index today.The good news: the United States moved up 12 points from last year. (A higher ranking indicates more press freedom.) The bad news: we're still only #36 out of the 173 countries indexed.RWB explains…

  • October 23, 2008 6:39 pm | By Drew Courtney

    The Choice Is Clear

    If you haven't already gotten a chance, be sure to read Joan Biskupic's article on the Supreme Court in today's USA Today, a good primer on the choice that voters face on Election Day. The appointment of life-tenured judges can be…

  • October 23, 2008 4:37 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Mixed Poll Numbers in California

    Nate Silver at 538 takes a look at poll numbers on California’s Prop 8 (the anti-marriage amendment on the ballot) and declares it a toss up. While it would be nice if the polls were showing that no one in…

  • October 22, 2008 6:48 pm | By Drew Courtney

    What’s That on Page A7 of the New York Times?

    We already mentioned that People For was taking out a full page ad in the New York Times.  Well, today it ran, and it's pretty cool.  The psuedo scandal seems to be getting a bit less media attention at the…

  • October 21, 2008 10:07 pm | By Willard

    Obama Endorsements and the Court

    As the Editor & Publisher reported yesterday, Barack Obama is winning the race for newspaper endorsements in a landslide, 112-39.  Especially notable is the fact that at least 25 papers that supported Bush in 2004 have endorsed Obama this time…

  • October 21, 2008 5:58 pm | By Marge Baker

    Voter Suppression and Intimidation

    You've seen a lot on this site about the inflammatory campaign being waged by the McCain-Palin team and the RNC against ACORN.  It's a desperate political ploy to cast doubt on the integrity of the elections and to divert attention from the…

  • October 21, 2008 5:22 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Everybody’s Voting Early!

    Andrew Sullivan has notes from a few readers on their experiences at the polls. Yesterday, DCist pointed out that in my own city (where we do have a vote for President but not *ahem* full representation in the House or Senate)…