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  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Support Legislation to Expose Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections
    October 20, 2017 12:35 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Support Legislation to Expose Foreign Influence in U.S. Elections

    As investigations continue into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election, People For the American Way is among the more than two dozen reform organizations that are supporting the Honest Ads Act. This new bipartisan legislation, introduced…

  • People For in Action
    Promoting Accountability and Transparency of Congressional Investigations into Russian Interference in 2016 Elections
    October 19, 2017 12:04 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Promoting Accountability and Transparency of Congressional Investigations into Russian Interference in 2016 Elections

    As at least three congressional committees continue investigating Russian interference in our 2016 elections and related matters—including possible involvement by the Trump campaign—fifteen experts on congressional investigations and on national security have come together to propose a series of benchmarks…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Senate Budget Threatens Health and Economic Security of LGBTQ People
    October 18, 2017 3:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Senate Budget Threatens Health and Economic Security of LGBTQ People

    On October 5, the U.S. House passed a callous and irresponsible budget that threatens real harm for real people. Now the U.S. Senate has entered the fray, and the proposal they're debating is also likely to leave millions of Americans…

  • News and Analysis
    Katsas Hearing Reinforces Why He Should Not be Confirmed
    October 18, 2017 2:48 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Katsas Hearing Reinforces Why He Should Not be Confirmed

    Greg Katsas, President Trump’s nominee for the powerful D.C. Circuit, had his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Unfortunately, the information he provided—and that which he failed to provide—demonstrate why senators should reject the nomination. As we noted in our…

  • News and Analysis
    A Deep Dive into the First SCOTUS Term of the Trump Era
    October 17, 2017 2:53 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    A Deep Dive into the First SCOTUS Term of the Trump Era

    This month’s member telebriefing was focused on the new Supreme Court term—the first of the Trump era, with Neil Gorsuch in a stolen seat—which is taking on some major cases that will have a huge impact on the lives of…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and Allies: Jeff Mateer is Wholly Unfit for a Lifetime Appointment
    October 17, 2017 11:30 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and Allies: Jeff Mateer is Wholly Unfit for a Lifetime Appointment

    On September 7, President Trump nominated Jeff Mateer to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas—yet another alarming and dangerous nod to Trump's far-right base. Mateer is an anti-LGBTQ zealot who spoke at a…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Greg Katsas’s Nomination
    October 17, 2017 9:37 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Greg Katsas’s Nomination

    On September 7, President Trump nominated Greg Katsas to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding Katsas's hearing today, October 17. People For the American Way sent the…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Virginia is for Progressives
    October 13, 2017 1:53 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Lizet Ocampo

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Virginia is for Progressives

    The Virginia gubernatorial race is heating up, and the Republican candidate has made clear he’s eager to take a page out of Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant playbook. In the October 13 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle…

  • People For in Action
    New Latinos Vote! Ad Takes on Ed Gillespie’s Anti-Immigrant Attack Ads in Spanish
    October 11, 2017 4:41 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    New Latinos Vote! Ad Takes on Ed Gillespie’s Anti-Immigrant Attack Ads in Spanish

    Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is using both dog-whistle and overtly racist appeals in his campaign attack ads and mailers—demonizing Latinos and immigrants, even accusing Democrats of fighting FOR the gang MS-13. On Thursday, Trump echoed the fearmongering message…

  • News and Analysis
    The Latest Chapter in Trump’s Plan to Fill Our Courts With Judges Who Won’t Stand Up to His Abuses of Power
    October 11, 2017 8:01 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    The Latest Chapter in Trump’s Plan to Fill Our Courts With Judges Who Won’t Stand Up to His Abuses of Power

    This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post. One of the many objections to President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was Gorsuch’s troubling record in the Bush Justice Department of advocating and defending broad assertions of presidential power that…

  • News and Analysis
    Jeff Sessions’ Love Letter to the Religious Right
    October 6, 2017 5:01 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Jeff Sessions’ Love Letter to the Religious Right

    Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice has released its long-awaited guidance on how the federal government should interpret and apply the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to all federal government programs. The guidance addresses a number of issues,…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Shonda and the Supreme Court
    October 6, 2017 1:49 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Paul Gordon

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Shonda and the Supreme Court

    The first Supreme Court term of the Trump era is off and running, and there’s plenty to be paying attention to—from gerrymandering to LGBTQ rights to attacks on people who work for a living. In the October 6 episode of…

  • People For in Action
    Hundreds Rally at the Supreme Court to End Partisan Gerrymandering
    October 5, 2017 3:10 pm | By Bradley Williams

    Hundreds Rally at the Supreme Court to End Partisan Gerrymandering

    During this week’s oral arguments in a Supreme Court case called Gill v. Whitford that will have huge implications for our democracy, PFAW joined the hundreds of people rallying outside the Court to show support for ending partisan gerrymandering. As…

  • News and Analysis
    Jeff Mateer And The “Kill The Gays” Conference
    October 3, 2017 9:04 am | By Paul Gordon

    Jeff Mateer And The “Kill The Gays” Conference

    Many of President Trump’s judicial nominees have sought to ensure that LGBTQ people be considered dangerous and unworthy of equal protection under the law. But Texas district court nominee Jeff Mateer actually attended an infamous “kill the gays" conference back…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Federal Budget Will Impact LGBTQ People
    September 29, 2017 3:32 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Federal Budget Will Impact LGBTQ People

    Next week is shaping up to be a big week for the federal budget. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider its budget resolution on the House floor, and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget will likely…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: IRS Vacancy Poses New Potential Conflicts of Interest for Trump
    September 29, 2017 3:27 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: IRS Vacancy Poses New Potential Conflicts of Interest for Trump

    John Koskinen, head of the Internal Revenue Service, will be leaving when his term expires in early November. Despite being well aware of this upcoming vacancy, President Trump has yet to nominate Koskinen's successor, and reports suggest that he and…

  • People For in Action
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Kaepernick and Korean Spas
    September 29, 2017 1:18 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Kaepernick and Korean Spas

    Protest isn’t unpatriotic, but attacking the First Amendment rights of Black athletes certainly is. In the September 29 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney sit down with PFAW Senior Director of Outreach and…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: DeVos Makes “Deeply Troubling” Move in Rescinding Sexual Violence Guidance
    September 29, 2017 8:55 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: DeVos Makes “Deeply Troubling” Move in Rescinding Sexual Violence Guidance

    On September 20, the public comment period closed for evaluating a range of existing U.S. Department of Education regulations. Less than 36 hours later, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the rescission of Obama-era Title IX guidance for how schools should…

  • State and Local Update
    5 Virginia Bills That Would Be Law If It Weren’t For a Democratic Governor
    September 28, 2017 2:30 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    5 Virginia Bills That Would Be Law If It Weren’t For a Democratic Governor

    On November 7, Virginia voters will head to the polls to decide who will take the governor's seat after Governor Terry McAuliffe's term comes to an end: Democrat Ralph Northam or Republican Ed Gillespie. Traditionally, progressive voter turnout is suppressed…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Question Gorsuch Appearance at Trump Hotel
    September 28, 2017 2:03 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Question Gorsuch Appearance at Trump Hotel

    On September 28, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered a keynote address for The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), a conservative group celebrating their 50th anniversary at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Amid the ongoing furor over Trump's…