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  • People For in Action
    Protest to #StopKavanaugh Outside U.S. Supreme Court Following Allegations of SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Misconduct
    September 19, 2018 2:31 pm | By Tori Slatton

    Protest to #StopKavanaugh Outside U.S. Supreme Court Following Allegations of SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Misconduct

    Earlier this week PFAW joined a coalition of advocacy groups including the National Women’s Law Center, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the Constitutional Accountability Center in a rally against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Although…

  • News and Analysis
    Senator Collins’ Smear Campaign of Constituents Leaves Mainers Resolute in their Opposition to SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
    September 17, 2018 5:39 pm | By Zach VanHouten

    Senator Collins’ Smear Campaign of Constituents Leaves Mainers Resolute in their Opposition to SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    If you asked Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, what her constituents think of President Trump’s extreme Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, you might think it was laden with threats and bribery. While Sen. Collins and her staff have selectively chosen communications…

  • News and Analysis
    PFAW’s Impact on the Blue Wave in the 2018 Midterm Elections
    September 17, 2018 1:24 pm | By Evelyn Ramirez

    PFAW’s Impact on the Blue Wave in the 2018 Midterm Elections

    As we get closer to November 6, more and more people are talking about the possibility of a “blue wave” – a backlash against President Trump’s election in 2016 and the election of progressive candidates who are committed to overturning…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Changing Politics and Intersectional Organizing in Florida
    September 14, 2018 5:00 pm | By Drew Courtney, Christin “Cici” Battle

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Changing Politics and Intersectional Organizing in Florida

    As Florida’s population has continued to grow steadily, it has become a key battleground state in national elections. And Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and Next-Up Victory Fund-endorsed) Andrew Gillum’s recent primary win is just the most recent indicator of the…

  • People For in Action
    Next Up Victory Fund Introduces Guide to Support Progressive Candidates’ Campaigns
    September 13, 2018 5:10 pm | By Bettina Ramon

    Next Up Victory Fund Introduces Guide to Support Progressive Candidates’ Campaigns

    In 2017, PFAW expanded its track record work in electoral politics with a new program, Next Up Victory Fund, which helps young progressive candidates across the country win their races for state and local offices. Just a year later, an…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Files Ethics Complaint Against Brett Kavanaugh
    September 13, 2018 4:34 pm | By Paul Gordon

    PFAW Files Ethics Complaint Against Brett Kavanaugh

    Since the opening day of his confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been exposed as having misled and even lied to the Judiciary Committee on multiple occasions. In a democracy governed by the rule of law, lying under…

  • Op-Ed
    PFAW Holds Telebriefing on Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Nomination Hearings
    September 13, 2018 4:22 pm | By Evelyn Ramirez

    PFAW Holds Telebriefing on Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Nomination Hearings

    On September 4th, 2018, PFAW hosted a member telebriefing joined by more than 2,500 members and activists to address issues related to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. PFAW Vice President for…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee John O’Connor Is Rated “Unqualified” by the American Bar Association
    September 13, 2018 8:37 am | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee John O’Connor Is Rated “Unqualified” by the American Bar Association

    On April 10, President Trump nominated John O'Connor to be a district court judge in the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma. The Senate Judiciary Committee held O'Connor's hearing on July 11. His committee vote is scheduled for September…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Stephen Clark Has a Strong Anti-Women, Anti-LGBTQ Record and a Disturbing Pattern of Dishonesty
    September 12, 2018 1:46 pm | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Stephen Clark Has a Strong Anti-Women, Anti-LGBTQ Record and a Disturbing Pattern of Dishonesty

    On April 12, President Trump nominated Stephen Clark to be a district court judge in the Eastern District of Missouri. The Senate Judiciary Committee held Clark's hearing on July 11. His committee vote is scheduled for September 13. People For…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Disability and Inclusion in the Progressive Movement
    September 7, 2018 5:43 pm | By Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Disability and Inclusion in the Progressive Movement

    Structural and social inequity has long been at the forefront of the progressive movement, and over time, activists have become increasingly thoughtful about ensuring diverse and meaningful representation of marginalized communities. But disability rights activists and people with disabilities have…

  • News and Analysis
    Why Brett Kavanaugh’s Excuse for His 2003 Email on Roe Doesn’t Work
    September 7, 2018 4:05 pm | By Marge Baker

    Why Brett Kavanaugh’s Excuse for His 2003 Email on Roe Doesn’t Work

    In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 6, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to explain away a March 24, 2003 email he wrote while in the White House about whether Roe v. Wade is “settled law.”…

  • News and Analysis
    Second Day of Kavanaugh Questioning Makes Even More Clear His Troubling Views on Presidential Power
    September 7, 2018 1:58 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Second Day of Kavanaugh Questioning Makes Even More Clear His Troubling Views on Presidential Power

    During Wednesday’s second day of senators’ questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a number of them honed in on questions Kavanaugh has not answered about his past record concerning presidential power and prerogative. Although Kavanaugh continued to evade or…

  • People For in Action
    Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
    September 7, 2018 1:12 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    People For the American Way is among more than 180 civil and human rights organizations that wrote to senators on September 3 to outline in stark detail the strong and mounting case against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to succeed…

  • News and Analysis
    Brett Kavanaugh Refuses to Criticize Trump’s Attacks on the Judiciary
    September 6, 2018 7:55 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Brett Kavanaugh Refuses to Criticize Trump’s Attacks on the Judiciary

    On the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Brett Kavanaugh made his fealty to President Trump clear in an exchange with Sen. Richard Blumenthal. The senator pointed out how the independence of the federal judiciary is under attack…

  • News and Analysis
    Brett Kavanaugh Still Deflecting on Presidential Power in Supreme Court Hearing
    September 6, 2018 3:41 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Brett Kavanaugh Still Deflecting on Presidential Power in Supreme Court Hearing

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues to avoid ‘fessing up to his belief that a sitting president cannot be criminally indicted. https://twitter.com/SenWhitehouse/status/1036954533593722880 On the afternoon of day three of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Sen. Whitehouse showed a telling video…

  • News and Analysis
    An Unsettling Deception About “Settled Law”
    September 6, 2018 12:59 pm | By Paul Gordon

    An Unsettling Deception About “Settled Law”

    Brett Kavanaugh has sought to hide his plans to be the fifth vote to eviscerate abortion rights by repeating the truism that Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood are “settled law.”  Republicans hope Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa…

  • News and Analysis
    Democrats’ Civil Disobedience For American Values at the Sham SCOTUS Hearing
    September 6, 2018 10:43 am | By Paul Gordon

    Democrats’ Civil Disobedience For American Values at the Sham SCOTUS Hearing

    The GOP’s effort to sell the Brett Kavanaugh hearings as legitimate crumbled even further as soon as Day Three began. Chairman Grassley insisted the “committee confidential” process was fair and gave all senators plenty of time to make certain documents…

  • News and Analysis
    Despite Kavanaugh’s Efforts To Evade, Senators Make Clear His Troubling Views on Presidential Power
    September 6, 2018 10:08 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Despite Kavanaugh’s Efforts To Evade, Senators Make Clear His Troubling Views on Presidential Power

    Although Judge Brett Kavanaugh did his best to evade and avoid questions on his views of presidential power, the dogged questioning of Senators coupled with his past record make clear just how troubling his views are, particularly in light of…

  • News and Analysis
    Fact Checking the Supreme Court Hearings: A Corrupt, Dishonest Process
    September 5, 2018 5:21 pm | By Derrick Crowe

    Fact Checking the Supreme Court Hearings: A Corrupt, Dishonest Process

    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee made one thing clear today: they’re unwilling to let anything stop them from forcing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination forward—not transparency, not committee rules, not the integrity of the Senate, not the will of the American…

  • News and Analysis
    Susan Collins, Meet Lindsey Graham
    September 5, 2018 3:18 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Susan Collins, Meet Lindsey Graham

    In hearings on the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, most Republican senators manifested a dewy-eyed naiveté with regard to Kavanaugh’s position on Roe v. Wade. Chairman Chuck Grassley went so far as to urge Kavanaugh not to comment…