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  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Environmental Justice (and a Baking Scandal)
    November 3, 2017 11:07 am | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Environmental Justice (and a Baking Scandal)

    As the country is still reeling from disasterous storms, the Trump administration continues to stake out harmful positions on environmental issues that shape many communities’ quality of life. In the November 3 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Judicial Nominee Leonard Steven Grasz Lacks Respect for the Law
    November 2, 2017 11:55 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: Judicial Nominee Leonard Steven Grasz Lacks Respect for the Law

    In August, Trump nominated Leonard Steven Grasz to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee held Grasz’s hearing on Wednesday, November 1. In examining Grasz’s record, including more than a decade as Chief…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Mark Norris’s Judicial Nomination
    November 1, 2017 10:22 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Mark Norris’s Judicial Nomination

    On July 13, President Trump nominated state Sen. Mark Norris to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Norris's hearing on Wednesday, November 1. People For the American Way…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and Allies Tell Ed Gillespie and Marco Rubio: Racism Has No Place in Virginia
    October 31, 2017 5:26 pm | By Rachel Foster

    PFAW and Allies Tell Ed Gillespie and Marco Rubio: Racism Has No Place in Virginia

    With just a week left until Election Day in Virginia, on Monday evening People For the American Way, CASA in Action, Indivisible, and other allies protested the racist rhetoric being spewed throughout Virginia by Ed Gillespie and his campaign for governor,…

  • People For in Action
    Supreme Court Brief: Religion Should Not be Used as a Sword to Discriminate
    October 31, 2017 12:47 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Supreme Court Brief: Religion Should Not be Used as a Sword to Discriminate

    On December 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, yet another legal vehicle being used by the Religious Right to co-opt religious liberty and turn it into a license…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Oppose USA LIBERTY Act
    October 31, 2017 12:07 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Oppose USA LIBERTY Act

    Update: On November 8, the House Judiciary Committee defeated an amendment offered by Representatives Ted Poe and Zoe Lofgren to help close the backdoor search loophole. PFAW, Demand Progress, and 41 other organizations supported the Poe-Lofgren amendment. You can view…

  • News and Analysis
    ABA Calls Trump Circuit Court Nominee Grasz “Not Qualified”
    October 31, 2017 10:03 am | By Paul Gordon

    ABA Calls Trump Circuit Court Nominee Grasz “Not Qualified”

    On October 26, People For the American Way sent a letter expressing our opposition to the Grasz nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can download this letter here. On Monday, a unanimous panel of the American Bar Association, which…

  • News and Analysis
    Roy Moore, Amy Coney Barrett and ‘Religious Tests’ For Office
    October 30, 2017 3:00 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Roy Moore, Amy Coney Barrett and ‘Religious Tests’ For Office

    The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday night on cloture on the nomination of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett to a Circuit Court judgeship based in Chicago. Barrett became a cause célèbre for the Right when, at her…

  • Op-Ed
    Don’t Let Republican Smears Distract From Trump Judges’ Horrible Records
    October 30, 2017 2:53 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Don’t Let Republican Smears Distract From Trump Judges’ Horrible Records

    This post was originally published on HuffPost. The Senate is getting ready to move on another set of awful judicial nominees chosen to advance the far-right’s goal of gaining ideological dominance over the federal judiciary as a way to reverse many of the…

  • News and Analysis
    The Pot, the Kettle, and Mitch McConnell
    October 30, 2017 2:34 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Pot, the Kettle, and Mitch McConnell

    The survival of our democracy depends on having independent courts with judges who protect everyone’s rights and who won’t let anyone trample on the Constitution. So it’s no surprise that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are moving at light speed…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Urge Facebook and Google to Endorse Honest Ads Act, Protect U.S. Elections
    October 30, 2017 1:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Urge Facebook and Google to Endorse Honest Ads Act, Protect U.S. Elections

    On October 20, more than two dozen reform organizations came together to support the Honest Ads Act introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, Mark Warner, and John McCain. Now many of those same groups, including People For the American Way, are…

  • News and Analysis
    United States v. Trump Campaign: Two Indictments and One Guilty Plea
    October 30, 2017 11:37 am | By Paul Gordon

    United States v. Trump Campaign: Two Indictments and One Guilty Plea

    Today’s federal indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates (President Trump’s former campaign manager and his deputy) gives us an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the type of person that Donald Trump associates with.  The charges brought by special counsel Robert…

  • Federal Update
    Uncovering the Sham in Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission
    October 30, 2017 11:31 am | By Jen Herrick

    Uncovering the Sham in Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission

    Ever since the deeply embarrassing week that surrounded the September meeting of Trump's sham voter suppression commission, the question has been what's next for Kris Kobach, Hans von Spakovsky, and the rogues gallery of proponents of false voter fraud claims…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump Is Allergic to Powerful Women
    October 27, 2017 9:04 am | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Dawn Huckelbridge

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump Is Allergic to Powerful Women

    Donald Trump’s pattern of attempting to discredit and demean powerful women was on full display recently through his attacks on Representative Frederica Wilson as a “wacky” liar. In the October 27 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici”…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Goes All-In for Progressive Candidates in Virginia 2017 Election
    October 26, 2017 4:24 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    PFAW Goes All-In for Progressive Candidates in Virginia 2017 Election

    The upcoming election in Virginia is the biggest election of 2017. Three important statewide seats are open—the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general—as well as a number of significant State House seats that could help to regain Democratic control of…

  • News and Analysis
    Let’s Hold Our Applause for Jeff Flake and Bob Corker
    October 26, 2017 12:07 pm | By Ben Betz

    Let’s Hold Our Applause for Jeff Flake and Bob Corker

    We’re glad to see any Republican member of Congress speak out against Trump’s outrageous affronts to our constitutional values and the GOP’s complicity in those affronts. However, the public rebukes of Trump by Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob…

  • People For in Action
    Your New Favorite Podcast: PFAW Launches “The Progressive Happy Hour”
    October 25, 2017 5:46 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    Your New Favorite Podcast: PFAW Launches “The Progressive Happy Hour”

    In the Trump era, we could all use a podcast to help us unpack the most important news, strategize for progressive change, and raise a glass to the resistance. And it doesn’t hurt to throw in a little discussion of…

  • News and Analysis
    Meet Bob Marshall: Extremist Who Says Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment, Gay People Should Be Jailed, And Schools Should Have More Guns
    October 25, 2017 3:37 pm | By People For Staff

    Meet Bob Marshall: Extremist Who Says Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment, Gay People Should Be Jailed, And Schools Should Have More Guns

    Virginia Republican Bob Marshall, a state delegate representing the state’s 13th district, is a figurehead in a conservative movement that seeks to prevent and roll back any and all expansion of rights for women and LGBTQ people. He was once…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Endorse USA RIGHTS Act
    October 24, 2017 2:56 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Surveillance Reformers Endorse USA RIGHTS Act

    On October 24, Senators Rand Paul and Ron Wyden introduced the USA RIGHTS Act. This bipartisan legislation addresses the federal government's abuse of the surveillance authorities granted by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including a new search…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Birth Control Battles
    October 20, 2017 12:56 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Miranda Blue

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Birth Control Battles

    The Trump administration is ramping up its attacks on women’s rights, announcing a policy change that could cause hundreds of thousands of women to lose access to birth control coverage. In the October 20 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,”…