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  • Federal Update
    PFAW Endorses Udall-Price “We the People” Legislation
    September 28, 2017 1:02 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Endorses Udall-Price “We the People” Legislation

    On September 27, People For the American Way joined Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, and government ethics experts Norman Eisen and Richard Painter in applauding the We the People…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Senators Must Scrutinize FEC Nominee Trey Trainor
    September 27, 2017 3:20 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Senators Must Scrutinize FEC Nominee Trey Trainor

    On September 14, President Trump nominated James E. "Trey" Trainor III to a seat on the Federal Election Commission. The next step is for the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration to schedule Trainor's hearing. People For the American Way…

  • Op-Ed
    When Charges of Anti-Religious Bigotry Become a Cynical Distraction
    September 26, 2017 1:02 pm | By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

    When Charges of Anti-Religious Bigotry Become a Cynical Distraction

     This post was originally published on Medium. Bigotry is a deadly reality in this country, something that many people deny even as its violent consequences are right before our eyes. We need to foster a greater willingness to acknowledge the…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump v. Mueller?
    September 26, 2017 8:34 am | By Arn Pearson

    Trump v. Mueller?

    This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post. After a relatively quiet summer, September has seen a flurry of media reports that suggest special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian-interference investigation is heating up. Whether it’s the FBI raid on former Trump campaign manager…

  • People For in Action
    A Sneak Preview of “The Progressive Happy Hour” Podcast
    September 25, 2017 1:58 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    A Sneak Preview of “The Progressive Happy Hour” Podcast

    In this short preview, hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney introduce “The Progressive Happy Hour,” the new podcast from progressive advocacy organization People For the American Way. “The Progressive Happy Hour” is all about talking politics with pop culture,…

  • People For in Action
    Supreme Court Brief: Ohio Voter Purge Harms Asian Americans and Latinx People
    September 25, 2017 1:50 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Supreme Court Brief: Ohio Voter Purge Harms Asian Americans and Latinx People

    On November 8, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, a case challenging Ohio's practice of purging voters. According to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice |…

  • People For in Action
    Letters: Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equality Advocates Oppose Trumpcare
    September 25, 2017 11:56 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letters: Civil Rights and LGBTQ Equality Advocates Oppose Trumpcare

    This week is do-or-die for the latest attempt to pass Trumpcare. Even with Senator McCain's opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal, this fight is not over until the final votes are taken on the Senate floor. We are not letting up…

  • People For in Action
    Banned Books Week Resists Censorship and Celebrates the Freedom to Read
    September 25, 2017 11:40 am | By Peter Montgomery

    Banned Books Week Resists Censorship and Celebrates the Freedom to Read

    People For the American Way Foundation is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read and an opportunity for readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, and First Amendment advocates to call for continued vigilance against efforts…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: Groups Call For Special Counsel Protections
    September 25, 2017 9:32 am | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: Groups Call For Special Counsel Protections

    The past week has brought a deluge of news related to the Mueller investigation. A Newsweek headline blared, "Trump's New Solicitor General Could Fire Russia Investigator Robert Mueller." USA Today ominously reported, "Congress should protect evidence gathered by Mueller in…

  • News and Analysis
    Protest Isn’t Unpatriotic — Attacking The First Amendment Rights Of Black Athletes Is
    September 25, 2017 9:27 am | By Diallo Brooks

    Protest Isn’t Unpatriotic — Attacking The First Amendment Rights Of Black Athletes Is

    Freedom of speech shouldn’t have to be explained to the president. Addressing an almost all-white audience on Friday, President Trump called on NFL owners to fire athletes who take a knee during the national anthem, a protest begun last year by Colin…

  • People For in Action
    Supreme Court Brief: Muslim Ban Violates Religious Freedom
    September 22, 2017 12:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Supreme Court Brief: Muslim Ban Violates Religious Freedom

    Update: Recent media reports suggest that the Trump administration will be issuing modified travel restrictions before the cases challenging its Muslim ban are argued at the U.S. Supreme Court next month. The Court is likely to ask attorneys to submit…

  • People For in Action
    DeVos Must Address Sexual Violence, Protect Trans Students’ Civil Rights
    September 21, 2017 4:23 pm | By Jen Herrick

    DeVos Must Address Sexual Violence, Protect Trans Students’ Civil Rights

    People For the American Way isn't letting U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' efforts to undercut civil rights go unchecked. Earlier this week, we called DeVos out for undermining guidance that helps schools address sexual violence and condemned her and…

  • People For in Action
    September 21, 2017 4:22 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Maddow Features PFAW Lawsuit in Segment on Sessions’ Russia Contacts

    On September 12, People For the American Way sued the Department of Justice and the FBI to force the release of instructions that Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims he received regarding disclosure of his Russian government contacts when he was…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump’s Texas Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer Is Unfit to Serve
    September 21, 2017 1:29 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Trump’s Texas Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer Is Unfit to Serve

    Just when you think Donald Trump’s judicial nominees can’t get any more extreme, along comes Jeff Mateer of Texas. Yesterday, CNN and Right Wing Watch reported on Mateer’s long history of extremism against LGBTQ people, including his assertion that transgender…

  • People For in Action
    ACT NOW: Trumpcare Is Back And Worse Than Ever
    September 21, 2017 1:26 pm | By Jen Herrick

    ACT NOW: Trumpcare Is Back And Worse Than Ever

    In the early morning hours of July 28, 51 U.S. senators voted against a health care repeal bill that would have robbed millions of Americans of their health care and been particularly devastating to women and people of color. Your…

  • People For in Action
    More Than 2 Dozen Groups Praise Franken for Decision Not to Return Stras Blue Slip
    September 20, 2017 3:52 pm | By Marge Baker

    More Than 2 Dozen Groups Praise Franken for Decision Not to Return Stras Blue Slip

    In a letter made public today, 27 civil rights, labor, and other public interest organizations, including People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action, praised Senator Al Franken for his decision not to return his blue…

  • News and Analysis
    Senator Chuck Schumer Joins PFAW Members to Talk Health Care and Other Urgent Issues
    September 20, 2017 8:55 am | By Katie O’Connell

    Senator Chuck Schumer Joins PFAW Members to Talk Health Care and Other Urgent Issues

    On Monday evening PFAW was joined on our member telebriefing by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer thanked PFAW members for their activism which has led to hard-fought wins during the Trump administration. But he also had an urgent…

  • People For in Action
    Letter: DeVos Must Protect Student Loan Borrowers of Color
    September 19, 2017 3:03 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Letter: DeVos Must Protect Student Loan Borrowers of Color

    Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017. People For the American Way has been keeping a close eye on her since reports of her nomination first surfaced last November—with good reason. Years of PFAW…

  • People For in Action
    September 19, 2017 10:54 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Thomas Farr’s Nomination

    On July 13, 2017, President Trump nominated Thomas Farr to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Farr's hearing for September 20. People For the American Way…

  • People For in Action
    Joint Statement: Groups Urge Careful Monitoring of Global Gag Rule
    September 18, 2017 2:06 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Joint Statement: Groups Urge Careful Monitoring of Global Gag Rule

    Back in January, one of President Trump's first official actions was to reinstate and expand the global gag rule, a harmful policy that hijacks U.S. global health assistance in the name of anti-choice politics. The strikingly named "Protecting Life" implementation…