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  • People For in Action
    Letter: DOJ Must Develop a Plan of Action on Hate Crimes
    September 15, 2017 4:13 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: DOJ Must Develop a Plan of Action on Hate Crimes

    Congress has given the Department of Justice the responsibility of prosecuting hate crimes, which include violence and threats based on a person’s race, color, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. But since President Trump and Attorney General…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Workplace Equality Advocates Express Concern Over Janet Dhillon’s Nomination
    September 15, 2017 1:49 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Workplace Equality Advocates Express Concern Over Janet Dhillon’s Nomination

    On June 29, 2017, President Trump nominated Janet Dhillon to lead the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee has scheduled Dhillon's hearing for September 19. People For the American Way and PFAW's African…

  • News and Analysis
    No Such Thing as Exceptions to the Blue Slip Rule
    September 14, 2017 4:46 pm | By Paul Gordon

    No Such Thing as Exceptions to the Blue Slip Rule

    In their effort to stack our nation’s federal courts with as many far-right ideologues as possible, Republicans have been threatening to do away with the blue slip policy. Conservatives are outraged that Democratic senators dare to exercise a right they…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Allison Eid’s Nomination
    September 14, 2017 3:43 pm | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Allison Eid’s Nomination

    On June 7, 2017, President Trump nominated Allison Eid to be a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Eid's hearing for September 20. People For the American Way sent the following letter…

  • Op-Ed
    Jeff Sessions’ Lies Reveal the Truth about Trump Rescinding DACA
    September 13, 2017 8:48 am | By Peter Montgomery

    Jeff Sessions’ Lies Reveal the Truth about Trump Rescinding DACA

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. When it comes to demonizing immigrants and employing dog whistles to the racist and nativist Right, Donald Trump has never been all that subtle. He launched his presidential campaign with vicious attacks on Mexican…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Healthy Communities Depend On High-Quality Family Planning
    September 12, 2017 9:01 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Healthy Communities Depend On High-Quality Family Planning

    On September 8, President Trump signed legislation that includes a three-month extension for government funding and the debt ceiling. December will now be a critical test for Trump and the GOP Congress—whether they will prioritize your needs or continue on…

  • News and Analysis
    Eric Dreiband Follows the Jeff Sessions Model: Lie
    September 12, 2017 8:56 am | By Paul Gordon

    Eric Dreiband Follows the Jeff Sessions Model: Lie

    Eric Dreiband—President Trump’s nominee to run DoJ’s Civil Rights Division—learned something important last January. When Jeff Sessions lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing, Republicans rewarded his dishonesty by confirming him as the nation’s top…

  • News and Analysis
    The Religious Right’s Bankrupt Attacks on Democratic Senators’ Questioning of Amy Coney Barrett
    September 8, 2017 5:15 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Religious Right’s Bankrupt Attacks on Democratic Senators’ Questioning of Amy Coney Barrett

    Right wing organizations are at it again, with phony accusations that Democrats are anti-Catholic.  This time, their targets are the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The senators’ crime: asking a judicial nominee questions about an article she wrote that…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Civil and Human Rights Groups Support the Dream Act
    September 8, 2017 9:46 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Civil and Human Rights Groups Support the Dream Act

    On September 5, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has provided 800,000 young adults with work authorization and a reprieve from deportation. People For the American Way called President Trump's…

  • Op-Ed
    Destroying the Johnson Amendment Helps Special Interests, Not Churches
    September 7, 2017 4:40 pm | By Rev. Timothy McDonald

    Destroying the Johnson Amendment Helps Special Interests, Not Churches

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. At this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump vowed to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.” It is a promise that he has been making since he was on the campaign…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Oppose Campaign Finance Riders
    September 7, 2017 2:49 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Oppose Campaign Finance Riders

    The House of Representatives is currently debating government funding for the 2018 fiscal year that begins on October 1. People For the American Way joined Democracy 21 and twenty-one others to urge House members to stand up for campaign finance…

  • People For in Action
    Letters: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Stephen Schwartz’s Nomination
    September 7, 2017 9:50 am | By Marge Baker

    Letters: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Stephen Schwartz’s Nomination

    On June 7, 2017, President Trump nominated Stephen Schwartz to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. A vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected as soon as September 14. People For the American Way sent…

  • News and Analysis
    Bennet Helps Advance Far Right Trump Nominee for 10th Circuit
    September 7, 2017 9:10 am | By Paul Gordon

    Bennet Helps Advance Far Right Trump Nominee for 10th Circuit

    With Republican senators rubber-stamping all of Donald Trump’s judicial nominees—they’d confirm a ham sandwich if Trump nominated one—blue slips are the only tool Democrats have to protect our nation’s circuit courts from being taken over by ideological extremists hand-picked by…

  • Op-Ed
    Trump Wants to Roll Back Voting Rights—Here’s What We Should Be Doing Instead
    September 6, 2017 4:16 pm | By People For Staff

    Trump Wants to Roll Back Voting Rights—Here’s What We Should Be Doing Instead

    President Trump's so-called “election integrity” commission will meet next week in New Hampshire. This is the second convening of Trump's voter suppression cadre, people like Kris Kobach and Hans von Spakovsky who have built careers on the idea that only…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Judicial Nominee Amy Barrett Poses Grave Threat to Reproductive Rights
    September 6, 2017 9:07 am | By Layne Amerikaner

    Trump Judicial Nominee Amy Barrett Poses Grave Threat to Reproductive Rights

    President Trump has made it clear that he wants to fill our nation’s courts with people who will reinforce, rather than challenge, his extreme agenda. As a candidate, Trump signaled his eagerness to use the courts to roll back women’s…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Call on U.S. House to Reject Riders
    September 5, 2017 3:55 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Call on U.S. House to Reject Riders

    People For the American Way was among the nearly 170 national, state, and local groups that sent a letter to the U.S. House urging members to reject harmful policy riders as they consider appropriations bills or packages with September's critical…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: LGBTQ Allies Cite Dreiband as Evidence of Trump’s Disdain for Civil Rights
    September 5, 2017 10:01 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: LGBTQ Allies Cite Dreiband as Evidence of Trump’s Disdain for Civil Rights

    People For the American Way was among the nearly fifty national, state, and local LGBTQ and allied organizations that sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to the nomination of Eric Dreiband to be Assistant Attorney General…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Joan Larsen’s Nomination
    September 1, 2017 1:16 pm | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Joan Larsen’s Nomination

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members to express our opposition to the nomination of Joan Larsen to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. You can download this letter…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Oppose Justice Stras’ Confirmation Based on Record and Process
    August 31, 2017 12:33 pm | By Marge Baker

    Letter: Groups Oppose Justice Stras’ Confirmation Based on Record and Process

    More than a dozen national organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in strong opposition to the nomination of Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice David Stras to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. You…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Eric Dreiband’s Nomination
    August 31, 2017 9:08 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Eric Dreiband’s Nomination

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members to express our opposition to the confirmation of Eric Dreiband to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. You can download this letter here. Dear Chairman…