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  • News and Analysis
    Is This What Democracy Looks Like?
    October 4, 2018 12:43 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

    Imagine the Brett Kavanaugh nomination playing out in another country where only the names are changed and ask yourself: Is this what democracy looks like? Let’s say it’s Venezuela. The Chavistas control the presidency and the legislature, and the high…

  • News and Analysis
    Update, Round 2: Senators Begin Reviewing Flawed FBI Investigative Report
    October 4, 2018 10:17 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Update, Round 2: Senators Begin Reviewing Flawed FBI Investigative Report

    As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Senators have begun reviewing the supplemental FBI background investigation on Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him. More and more evidence is making clear that the report is deeply flawed and, at least partly…

  • People For in Action
    Here We Go Again? Trump Administration Set to Issue Human Rights Reports, Censorship Concerns Remain
    October 3, 2018 5:08 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Here We Go Again? Trump Administration Set to Issue Human Rights Reports, Censorship Concerns Remain

    The State Department's 2017 global human rights reports were yet another example of Trump's "fake news" administration rearing its ugly head—reproductive rights information had been removed and there was limited reporting on gender-based violence. With drafting for the 2018 reports currently…

  • News and Analysis
    Update: FBI Failing to Conduct Thorough and Effective Investigation on Kavanaugh
    October 3, 2018 10:37 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Update: FBI Failing to Conduct Thorough and Effective Investigation on Kavanaugh

    Yesterday, serious concern was expressed about whether the FBI’s renewed background investigation on Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him would be thorough, effective, and truly non-partisan. Today, those fears are threatening to turn into reality. Specifically: Christine Blasey Ford’s…

  • News and Analysis
    Big Lies, Little Lies — They All Matter
    October 3, 2018 10:33 am | By Paul Gordon

    Big Lies, Little Lies — They All Matter

    More and more information keeps coming out indicating that Brett Kavanaugh has lied to the Judiciary Committee and the American people numerous times about many things. Some lies are about matters that any nominee would be asked about if the…

  • Op-Ed
    Kavanaugh’s Testimony Further Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed
    October 2, 2018 3:02 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Kavanaugh’s Testimony Further Demonstrates Why He Should Not Be Confirmed

    This post originally appeared on Medium. Both Republicans and Democrats deserve credit for insisting on an FBI investigation into allegation s of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That FBI investigation may not fully resolve these serious allegations,…

  • News and Analysis
    Important Witnesses About Kavanaugh Who the FBI Should Interview
    October 2, 2018 1:30 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Important Witnesses About Kavanaugh Who the FBI Should Interview

    Troubling reports suggest that despite concerns by senators, limits remain on the FBI investigation of the serious sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. To be credible, the investigation must include not only the assault allegations themselves but…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists at the Capitol to Support Dr. Blasey Ford
    October 2, 2018 9:55 am | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins Coalition of Activists at the Capitol to Support Dr. Blasey Ford

    Last week, as most of the country tuned in to watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as she testified to her allegations against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, representatives of People For the American Way went to Capitol Hill to…

  • People For in Action
    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Would Leave Us Vulnerable to Predatory Practices, Financial Instability, and Wall Street Wrongdoing
    October 1, 2018 12:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Would Leave Us Vulnerable to Predatory Practices, Financial Instability, and Wall Street Wrongdoing

    On September 28, as developments continued to unfold regarding the sexual assault allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh, People For the American Way joined allied organizations in voicing strong opposition to Trump's Supreme Court nominee based on his record of siding…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Supporting Abortion Funds and the Need for Self Care
    September 28, 2018 4:02 pm | By Adele M. Stan, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Supporting Abortion Funds and the Need for Self Care

    The concept of self care  has shifted in recent years from a medical recommendation for healthy habits to an election-inspired response to growing national stress levels after Trump took office. But for those who work in progressive spaces, fighting for…

  • Op-Ed
    I Believe Her.
    September 28, 2018 12:07 pm | By Paul Gordon

    I Believe Her.

    I watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's moving testimony to the Judiciary Committee this morning, and I am still shaken up by it. Hearing her voice, watching her face ... She was telling the truth, and she was 100% clear on…

  • News and Analysis
    Brett Kavanaugh Unleashes Partisan Fury During Senate Hearing
    September 27, 2018 6:13 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Brett Kavanaugh Unleashes Partisan Fury During Senate Hearing

    Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in 2004.  Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in 2006.  Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath earlier this month.  So the indignant fury he unleashed before the Judiciary Committee after Christine Blasey Ford's testimony doesn't mean much.…

  • News and Analysis
    8 Quotes that Prove Republicans Haven’t Learned from Anita Hill or #MeToo
    September 26, 2018 1:44 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    8 Quotes that Prove Republicans Haven’t Learned from Anita Hill or #MeToo

    When allegations began to surface that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to rape an acquaintance while in high school, most Republicans, including leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Donald Trump, stayed quiet. But it didn't last…

  • People For in Action
    We Believe Survivors: PFAW Joins Solidarity Protest to Stop Kavanaugh
    September 25, 2018 3:58 pm | By Tori Slatton

    We Believe Survivors: PFAW Joins Solidarity Protest to Stop Kavanaugh

    On September 24, People For the American Way joined organizers from the Women’s March and a coalition of activists in a peaceful protest against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. This rally came in response to the outcry from many women’s…

  • News and Analysis
    Support for Kavanaugh Shrinks, Particularly After Sexual Assault Charges
    September 25, 2018 3:58 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Support for Kavanaugh Shrinks, Particularly After Sexual Assault Charges

    One of the early selling points of the campaign to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court was the allegedly wide support from people who knew him, especially among women and people of color. Particularly as allegations of sexual assault…

  • People For in Action
    Sweeping Legislation to Transform Federal Courts Warrants Strong Opposition
    September 25, 2018 2:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Sweeping Legislation to Transform Federal Courts Warrants Strong Opposition

    On September 12, while continuing our campaign to protect the Supreme Court, People For the American Way joined allied organizations in voicing strong opposition to four sweeping bills that would transform federal courts and, in most cases, make it more…

  • News and Analysis
    The Right and Wrong Standard to Evaluate Sexual Assault Claims Against Brett Kavanaugh
    September 24, 2018 5:18 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    The Right and Wrong Standard to Evaluate Sexual Assault Claims Against Brett Kavanaugh

    Even though Senate Republican leaders have rejected key proposals to make the upcoming hearing a fair one, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has now agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about her serious allegations of sexual assault…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Organizing for Reproductive Rights and Freedom
    September 21, 2018 5:41 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Organizing for Reproductive Rights and Freedom

    In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic, which was shut down after just 10 days. Since then, progressive organizations and activists have worked tirelessly to ensure that reproductive rights, which now include abortion access, emergency contraception, comprehensive…

  • People For in Action
    Title X and the Publicly Funded Family Planning Network Deserve Support
    September 21, 2018 2:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Title X and the Publicly Funded Family Planning Network Deserve Support

    We're nearing the end of another government funding debate, and the next one is already fast approaching. On September 18, People For the American Way and allied organizations urged the Trump administration to chart a different course next year and…

  • News and Analysis
    Kavanaugh has lied under oath. His credibility is nil.
    September 20, 2018 10:56 am | By Paul Gordon

    Kavanaugh has lied under oath. His credibility is nil.

    Senate Republicans are trying to set up a sham hearing next week for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to say under oath that he didn’t attack Christine Blasey Ford. But Kavanaugh’s word under oath is worthless: He demonstrably lied in…