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  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Cheers, Drew!
    April 26, 2019 3:54 pm | By Drew Courtney, Christin “Cici” Battle

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Cheers, Drew!

    Since we launched this podcast in October 2017, cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle have covered political and pop culture issues ranging from the right-wing judicial takeover to intersectional organizing to Game of Thrones. We’ve gotten to know our cohosts…

  • News and Analysis
    Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism in Trump’s America
    April 26, 2019 3:49 pm | By

    Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism in Trump’s America

    On April 25, a coalition of advocates hosted a panel on Capitol Hill to help bring attention to the increase in hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism since the election of Donald Trump. The panel focused on legislative…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA to Congress: Protect the Johnson Amendment
    April 25, 2019 2:26 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA to Congress: Protect the Johnson Amendment

    In 2017, President Trump used his National Prayer Breakfast appearance to attack the Johnson Amendment. On the occasion of the 2019 breakfast and the new session of Congress, People For the American Way, PFAW's African American Ministers In Action, and…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: With Trump Justices, SCOTUS Allows More Corporate Coercion Masked as Voluntary Arbitration
    April 24, 2019 2:50 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: With Trump Justices, SCOTUS Allows More Corporate Coercion Masked as Voluntary Arbitration

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  The two Supreme Court justices selected by President Trump made the difference in a 5-4 case decided on April 24…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Coalition at Supreme Court to Rally Against the Census Citizenship Question
    April 24, 2019 12:46 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins Coalition at Supreme Court to Rally Against the Census Citizenship Question

    On April 23 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case challenging the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The census is an extremely important, constitutionally protected tool used to assess communities’ needs…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Foundation Brief: Trump’s Final Birth Control Rules Violate Religious Freedom Protections
    April 24, 2019 11:05 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Foundation Brief: Trump’s Final Birth Control Rules Violate Religious Freedom Protections

    In January, People For the American Way Foundation joined organizational allies to file district court briefs challenging President Trump’s discriminatory birth control rollback, which carves out sweeping religious and moral exemptions that allow employers and universities to withhold comprehensive reproductive…

  • Federal Update
    SCOTUS Will Hear Major LGBTQ+ Workplace Discrimination Cases
    April 22, 2019 1:53 pm | By Paul Gordon

    SCOTUS Will Hear Major LGBTQ+ Workplace Discrimination Cases

    On April 22, the Supreme Court announced that it will take up three cases having an enormous impact on workers’ rights and workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.  The cases give the justices a chance to affirm that Title VII’s existing…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Science
    April 19, 2019 4:23 pm | By Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Science

    One hallmark of the Trump administration is its aggressive attacks on science-based policies and research. These attacks don’t just devalue science’s role in learning, problem-solving and developing new technologies – they also shape our health, public lands and democracy. In…

  • Federal Update
    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House
    April 19, 2019 4:20 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House

    Following the historic passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most extensive and powerful set of pro-democracy reforms to pass the House in decades, People For the American Way and our allies are working to build support…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and the Coalition of Conservative and Liberal Church Leaders Call for Commonsense Gun Reform
    April 19, 2019 3:08 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW and the Coalition of Conservative and Liberal Church Leaders Call for Commonsense Gun Reform

    On April 17, PFAW joined the Coalition of Conservative and Liberal Church Leaders in urging Congress to pass commonsense gun violence prevention legislation. The epidemic of gun violence is one of the leading causes of premature death in the United…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Call for Federally Funded Gun Violence Research
    April 17, 2019 2:51 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Call for Federally Funded Gun Violence Research

    While People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action believe that the so-called "Dickey Amendment" should ultimately be repealed, we also believe that the federal government can work within current law to research the causes, effects,…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Stands with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Condemns Racist, Bigoted Attacks
    April 17, 2019 1:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Stands with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Condemns Racist, Bigoted Attacks

    In a statement condemning the recent attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., People For the American Way President Michael Keegan said that she is being attacked because she is a young Black Muslim woman fighting for progressive values. On April…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Vote to Authorize Painful Execution
    April 15, 2019 3:35 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Kavanaugh and Gorsuch Vote to Authorize Painful Execution

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh joined a 5-4 April order in Dunn v. Price that reversed…

  • People For in Action
    #VoteTheCourts2020: Buttigieg and Inslee Discuss Their Ideal Judicial Nominees
    April 15, 2019 10:32 am | By Kayla Butler

    #VoteTheCourts2020: Buttigieg and Inslee Discuss Their Ideal Judicial Nominees

    As part of its #VoteTheCourts2020 campaign, PFAW is asking Democratic presidential candidates’ to discuss their plans to nominate and confirm fair-minded constitutionalists to the bench. During campaign stops in Nevada in late March and April, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: LGBTQ Rights in 2019    
    April 12, 2019 4:33 pm | By Drew Courtney, Christin “Cici” Battle, Jen Herrick

    The Progressive Happy Hour: LGBTQ Rights in 2019    

    Today, Trump’s dangerous and discriminatory transgender military ban went into effect. The ban bars openly trans people from serving and those wishing to serve their country from enlisting, and strips certain medical and other benefits from trans servicemembers and their…

  • News and Analysis
    DOJ is Supposed to Oppose Racial Discrimination, but Trump’s DOJ Nominee is Mum on Brown v. Board of Education
    April 12, 2019 2:46 pm | By Paul Gordon

    DOJ is Supposed to Oppose Racial Discrimination, but Trump’s DOJ Nominee is Mum on Brown v. Board of Education

    When a nominee for a powerful position in the U.S. Justice Department refuses to support Brown v. Board of Education, his nomination should instantly become unviable. That is what would have happened in ordinary times, throughout the entire lifetimes of…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists on Capitol Hill to Rally Against the Transgender Military Ban
    April 12, 2019 12:11 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists on Capitol Hill to Rally Against the Transgender Military Ban

    Trump’s transgender military ban officially went into effect on April 12. Any person serving in the military who comes out as transgender can be discharged. In addition, from this point forward, transgender people can be barred from joining any branch…

  • People For in Action
    Khizr Khan and Progressive Groups Call on Congress to Pass the #NoBanAct
    April 11, 2019 2:59 pm | By Tori Slatton

    Khizr Khan and Progressive Groups Call on Congress to Pass the #NoBanAct

    In 2017, President Trump banned entry to people from several Muslim majority countries, following his repeated calls on the campaign trail to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. The first two orders were struck down by multiple courts,…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Supports the #EqualityAct, Urges Swift Passage in Congress
    April 11, 2019 2:20 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Supports the #EqualityAct, Urges Swift Passage in Congress

    On April 9, People For the American Way attended a congressional hearing regarding the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a bill which seeks to ensure the right to learn and work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.…

  • People For in Action
    Medicare For All Introduced in the Senate
    April 11, 2019 1:48 pm | By Tori Slatton

    Medicare For All Introduced in the Senate

    On April 10, People For the American Way joined a coalition of activists for a press conference supporting the introduction of S. 1129, a bill that would guarantee Medicare for every American. After President Trump’s repeated attacks on the ACA,…