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  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Paul Matey Exemplifies the Breakdown of Bipartisan Norms in the Senate
    January 28, 2019 10:10 am | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Paul Matey Exemplifies the Breakdown of Bipartisan Norms in the Senate

    On April 12, President Trump nominated Paul Matey to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit over the objection of home state New Jersey senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. Despite their objection, the Senate…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Brian Buescher’s Record Leaves Grave Doubts About His Stance on Equal Protection
    January 28, 2019 10:09 am | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Brian Buescher’s Record Leaves Grave Doubts About His Stance on Equal Protection

    On November 13, President Trump nominated Brian Buescher to be a district court judge in Nebraska. The Senate Judiciary Committee held Buescher’s hearing on November 28. His committee vote is scheduled for January 29. People For the American Way wrote…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Film and Politics in the Trump Era
    January 25, 2019 3:50 pm | By Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Film and Politics in the Trump Era

    The hashtag and social movement created by April Reign in 2015 put the spotlight on the lack of diversity in Hollywood. In response to the surge of criticism, both the Academy and its nominated films have become more diverse, with…

  • Federal Update
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Supreme Court Justice Casts Deciding Vote to Allow Trump Military Transgender Ban to Go Forward
    January 24, 2019 12:46 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Supreme Court Justice Casts Deciding Vote to Allow Trump Military Transgender Ban to Go Forward

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cast a deciding vote in a 5-4 decision in January 2019 that dissolved preliminary…

  • People For in Action
    We Occupied Capitol Hill to Call for End of Government Shutdown
    January 24, 2019 12:26 pm | By Tori Slatton

    We Occupied Capitol Hill to Call for End of Government Shutdown

    This government shutdown is officially the longest in modern history, and thousands of federal employees will soon miss their second scheduled paycheck. This is a serious blow to hundreds of thousands of American families as Trump continues to hold their…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judges Cast Deciding Votes to Bar Age Bias Claims by Job Applicants
    January 24, 2019 11:57 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judges Cast Deciding Votes to Bar Age Bias Claims by Job Applicants

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  All four Trump judges appointed to the Seventh Circuit – Judges Barrett, Brennan, Scudder, and St. Eve – voted in…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW to McConnell: The Trump Shutdown Is Extortion, Plain and Simple
    January 24, 2019 10:36 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW to McConnell: The Trump Shutdown Is Extortion, Plain and Simple

    With the Trump shutdown now in its second month, and the dire impacts for federal workers and contractors and their fellow Americans becoming ever more clear, People For the American Way and allied organizations have a plain and simple message…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Paycheck Fairness Act Support for Ledbetter 10th Anniversary
    January 24, 2019 9:53 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Paycheck Fairness Act Support for Ledbetter 10th Anniversary

    On January 29, People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action will join allied organizations in commemorating the tenth anniversary of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. That vital law repaired the damage…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Renews Request for Title IX Extension
    January 23, 2019 5:00 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Renews Request for Title IX Extension

    On November 26, People For the American Way joined allied organizations seeking an extension to the Title IX public comment period so that those most affected by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' attempt to gut existing sexual violence and harassment guidance…

  • People For in Action
    It’s Important Not to Miss the Underlying Message of the Indigenous People’s March
    January 22, 2019 11:45 am | By Tori Slatton

    It’s Important Not to Miss the Underlying Message of the Indigenous People’s March

    On January 18, People For the American Way attended the Indigenous Peoples’ March in Washington, D.C. Representatives from native communities around the world and allied organizations gathered together to celebrate indigenous cultures and protest the injustices that many still face. A…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Who is William Barr?
    January 18, 2019 5:43 pm | By Drew Courtney, Christin “Cici” Battle, Paul Gordon

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Who is William Barr?

    On January 20, Donald Trump will have been in office for two full years, and during that time, the rate of turnover in his administration has been historically high. Among those figures is former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Tries to Dismiss Claims by Holocaust Survivors
    January 18, 2019 10:31 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Tries to Dismiss Claims by Holocaust Survivors

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties. Trump D.C. Circuit Judge Greg Katsas dissented from a ruling by two other judges in Simon v. Republic of Hungary…

  • People For in Action
    We Need Fairness, Justice, and Equity in Health Care—We Need the Health Equity and Accountability Act
    January 18, 2019 10:19 am | By Jen Herrick

    We Need Fairness, Justice, and Equity in Health Care—We Need the Health Equity and Accountability Act

    The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) takes on racial and ethnic health disparities using an intersectional approach that addresses the numerous factors that may impede a person's access to care, including age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,…

  • People For in Action
    People For the American Way Signs the Declaration for American Democracy and Urges House to Pass the For the People Act
    January 18, 2019 9:29 am | By Jen Herrick

    People For the American Way Signs the Declaration for American Democracy and Urges House to Pass the For the People Act

    As a Declaration for American Democracy leader, People For the American Way is firmly committed to building a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, voting rights are fully enforced, and everyone’s voice is heard. Accordingly, PFAW supports the…

  • Federal Update
    Census Ruling Shows Why Courts Matter
    January 15, 2019 11:47 am | By Paul Gordon

    Census Ruling Shows Why Courts Matter

    On January 15, New York federal district judge Jesse Furman ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship to the 2020 Census was made in violation of the law. Progressives and experts focused on the accuracy of the data…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Trump/Republican Shutdown
    January 11, 2019 4:04 pm | By Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks, Peter Montgomery

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Trump/Republican Shutdown

    It’s been 20 days since Trump shut down the federal government, and the effects of this shutdown continue to pile up: Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers and government contractors are missing paychecks, and without access to federal services…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins #StopTheShutdown Rally Outside AFL-CIO and the White House
    January 11, 2019 1:30 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins #StopTheShutdown Rally Outside AFL-CIO and the White House

    The government shutdown will soon be the longest in modern history and federal employees have missed their first scheduled paycheck—all over a racist wall Trump is demanding as a way to pander to his xenophobic base. To fight the injustice…

  • People For in Action
    Trump Backtracks on School Discipline—PFAW and AAMIA Demand Vigorous Enforcement of Students’ Civil Rights
    January 10, 2019 2:04 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Trump Backtracks on School Discipline—PFAW and AAMIA Demand Vigorous Enforcement of Students’ Civil Rights

    One of the Trump administration's last acts of 2018 was the rescission of Obama-era guidance for reducing racial disparities in school discipline. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker tried to claim the Parkland mantle, but their…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists at the Capitol to Support the For the People Act
    January 10, 2019 11:02 am | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists at the Capitol to Support the For the People Act

    The public sent a clear message in the 2018 midterms when the Democrats they elected took back the House in a historic victory. Voters are fed up with government corruption, attacks on voting rights, and the influence of big money…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Foundation Brief: Trump’s Final Birth Control Rules Will Cause Irreparable Harm
    January 9, 2019 4:53 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Foundation Brief: Trump’s Final Birth Control Rules Will Cause Irreparable Harm

    In 2018, People For the American Way Foundation joined organizational allies to challenge the first draft of President Trump's discriminatory birth control rollback, which carves out sweeping religious and moral exemptions that allow employers and universities to withhold comprehensive reproductive…