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  • People For in Action
    Data Collection Is Critical to Accountability for Deeply Flawed D.C. Voucher Program
    January 31, 2018 10:59 am | By Jen Herrick

    Data Collection Is Critical to Accountability for Deeply Flawed D.C. Voucher Program

    When Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown last spring, one of the most disappointing outcomes of the deal was the reauthorization of the D.C. private school voucher program. Studies have consistently shown that these vouchers, which Congress forced on D.C.…

  • People For in Action
    Nunes Memo Irresponsible—Nunes Should Be Removed from Russia Investigation
    January 30, 2018 10:37 am | By Jen Herrick

    Nunes Memo Irresponsible—Nunes Should Be Removed from Russia Investigation

    On January 29, People For the American Way signed the following letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan regarding the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Led by Democracy 21, the cosignatories urge Speaker Ryan to remove House…

  • People For in Action
    Senate Should Reject David Stras’ Nomination
    January 30, 2018 10:30 am | By Marge Baker

    Senate Should Reject David Stras’ Nomination

    On May 8, President Trump nominated David Stras to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Although Stras had not received the consent of both home state senators, the Senate Judiciary Committee held his hearing…

  • People For in Action
    Congress Must Protect Critical Health Programs
    January 30, 2018 10:28 am | By Jen Herrick

    Congress Must Protect Critical Health Programs

    As the new congressional session gets underway, People For the American Way, Families USA, and more than 300 other national and state organizations are reminding members of Congress of their responsibility to protect the health, well-being, and financial security of…

  • News and Analysis
    NY judge orders immigrant released and reminds us that courts matter
    January 29, 2018 6:11 pm | By Paul Gordon

    NY judge orders immigrant released and reminds us that courts matter

    As the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are working to transform our nation into a dark, unfamiliar, and non-democratic society, we turn to the third branch of government—our federal courts—to protect our Constitution and our democratic norms.  New York…

  • People For in Action
    Abortion Ban Puts Health and Rights at Risk
    January 29, 2018 5:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Abortion Ban Puts Health and Rights at Risk

    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote January 29 on whether to take up an unconstitutional and dangerous abortion ban that puts individuals' health and rights at risk. The GOP and their right-wing allies want to rush this bill to…

  • People For in Action
    Schools Must Protect Students from Discrimination
    January 26, 2018 4:47 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Schools Must Protect Students from Discrimination

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is considering the case of Doe v. Boyertown Area School District. Boyertown allows students to use school facilities based on their gender identity, but a student backed by the right-wing Alliance…

  • 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 resolution and reporting,…

  • 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…