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  • People For in Action
    Reproductive Rights Allies Unite for Fair Courts
    April 11, 2018 1:35 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Reproductive Rights Allies Unite for Fair Courts

    People For the American Way was among nearly fifty organizations from the reproductive health, rights, and justice community who wrote to the Senate on April 9 to stand up for fair courts and against judicial nominees who place politics above…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Allies for Civil Rights and Reproductive Rights to Oppose Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State
    April 11, 2018 7:26 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Joins Allies for Civil Rights and Reproductive Rights to Oppose Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State

    On March 20, President Trump nominated Mike Pompeo, a former Republican member of Congress from Kansas who at the time was serving as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to follow Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. The Senate Committee…

  • News and Analysis
    Grassley Should Not Hold a Hearing for 3rd Circuit Nominee David Porter
    April 10, 2018 3:51 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Grassley Should Not Hold a Hearing for 3rd Circuit Nominee David Porter

    On April 10, President Trump nominated ultra-conservative David Porter to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Porter’s record is one of right-wing advocacy, including leadership of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Federalist Society, a far right legal group. Although Porter…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter “Manifestly Unqualified” for a Lifetime Appointment
    April 6, 2018 3:45 pm | By Marge Baker

    Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter “Manifestly Unqualified” for a Lifetime Appointment

    People For the American Way and our pro-choice allies recently wrote to the Senate and described in detail the long record of extreme hostility to reproductive freedom that has led us to oppose Wendy Vitter's nomination to a seat on…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Community Reintegration as a Social Justice Issue
    April 6, 2018 2:38 pm | By

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Community Reintegration as a Social Justice Issue

    For the hundreds of thousands of people released from prisons each year, what does community reintegration look like? In the April 6 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” co-hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney sat down with Shae Harris, policy advisor for…

  • People For in Action
    People For Joins ACT Rally to End Racism
    April 5, 2018 12:57 pm | By Bradley Williams

    People For Joins ACT Rally to End Racism

    On the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, PFAW Foundation’s African American Religious Affairs program joined the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and dozens of organizational allies who gathered in Washington,…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Has a Long Record of Extreme Hostility to Reproductive Freedom
    April 5, 2018 12:53 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Has a Long Record of Extreme Hostility to Reproductive Freedom

    On January 23, President Trump nominated Wendy Vitter to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold Vitter's hearing on April 11. People For the American Way…

  • Op-Ed
    50 Years After King’s Death, A Legacy of Youth Leadership Endures
    April 4, 2018 11:51 am | By Christin “Cici” Battle

    50 Years After King’s Death, A Legacy of Youth Leadership Endures

    This post originally appeared on Medium. It was fifty years ago this week when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at just 39 years old, cutting short the life of one of the most visible and important civil rights…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Rural Communities and Right-Wing Extremism
    March 30, 2018 1:24 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Rural Communities and Right-Wing Extremism

    Extreme segments of the Right are exploiting a void left by the absence of progressive investment in many rural communities, according to a new report out from Down Home North Carolina and People’s Action. In the March 30 episode of…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Foundation SCOTUS Brief: President Trump Has Encouraged Violence Against Muslims
    March 30, 2018 12:46 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Foundation SCOTUS Brief: President Trump Has Encouraged Violence Against Muslims

    President Trump's Muslim ban is scheduled to be back before the Supreme Court on April 25. This case represents Trump's third attempt to ban immigration from Muslim-majority countries, and it is still an unconstitutional affront to core American values. As…

  • People For in Action
    People For the American Way Joined Hundreds of Thousands to March for Our Lives
    March 30, 2018 12:41 pm | By Bradley Williams

    People For the American Way Joined Hundreds of Thousands to March for Our Lives

    This past weekend, PFAW and our affiliate PFAW Foundation’s leadership networks, Young People For and the Young Elected Officials Network, were out in full force to March for Our Lives. PFAW joined with members in D.C. to march in solidarity…

  • News and Analysis
    Right Wing Watch Experts Explain the Right Wing in the Age of Trump
    March 29, 2018 11:34 am | By Katie O’Connell

    Right Wing Watch Experts Explain the Right Wing in the Age of Trump

    On Wednesday, researchers from People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch project joined PFAW members for a telebriefing on their work tracking extreme Right movements and activists in the age of Trump. Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery opened by discussing…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and Allies Rally Against Judicial Nominees Kyle Duncan and Thomas Farr
    March 29, 2018 10:49 am | By Bradley Williams

    PFAW and Allies Rally Against Judicial Nominees Kyle Duncan and Thomas Farr

    On March 6th, PFAW and allies rallied in front of the Supreme Court to show our opposition to Trump judicial nominees Thomas Farr and Kyle Duncan. Kyle Duncan, nominated to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Thomas Farr, nominated…

  • News and Analysis
    Dolores Huerta Film Documents the Legacy of a Civil Rights Hero
    March 28, 2018 4:35 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    Dolores Huerta Film Documents the Legacy of a Civil Rights Hero

    “Dolores Huerta” is a name that should be in the news and all of our history books—but unfortunately the leadership and contributions of women of color have been too often overlooked or written out of history. A new documentary called…

  • People For in Action
    Agriculture Department Must Take LGBTQ Equality Seriously
    March 28, 2018 3:53 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Agriculture Department Must Take LGBTQ Equality Seriously

    In its first fifteen months, the Trump administration has racked up a long and disturbing record on LGBTQ equality. The Department of Education is betraying transgender students. The Department of Health and Human Services wants even more health care providers…

  • News and Analysis
    Rise in Religious Intolerance Threatens U.S. Ability To Advocate For Human Rights Globally
    March 28, 2018 2:53 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Rise in Religious Intolerance Threatens U.S. Ability To Advocate For Human Rights Globally

    The rise in religious intolerance in the U.S. undermines the ability of the U.S. to advocate for human rights and other democratic values overseas, according to experts in religion and diplomacy who took part in a March 22 discussion sponsored…

  • People For in Action
    #PutPatientsFirst: 200K Comments Urge HHS to Withdraw Damaging Religious Refusals Rule
    March 27, 2018 5:14 pm | By People For Staff

    #PutPatientsFirst: 200K Comments Urge HHS to Withdraw Damaging Religious Refusals Rule

    Back in January, the Department of Health and Human Services released a damaging religious refusals rule that will undoubtedly lead to even more flat-out denials of care for those already facing health care discrimination, particularly women and LGBTQ people, people…

  • Federal Update
    Government Funding Package Includes Progressive Wins and Reasons to Keep Resisting
    March 23, 2018 4:19 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Government Funding Package Includes Progressive Wins and Reasons to Keep Resisting

    Despite yet another morning tweet tantrum, President Trump has finally signed a full funding package for this year that will keep the government open through September. As a member of the Clean Budget Coalition, People For the American Way applauded…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Should I Delete My Facebook?
    March 23, 2018 3:06 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Should I Delete My Facebook?

    In the Trump era, when political organizing is on the rise and fake news is spreading like never before, is social media the problem or the solution—or both? In a March 23 mini-episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” recorded on…

  • People For in Action
    On School Discipline, the Urgency of Progress Is Real, and the Responsibility Is Great
    March 23, 2018 2:48 pm | By Jen Herrick

    On School Discipline, the Urgency of Progress Is Real, and the Responsibility Is Great

    In 2014, the Obama administration issued guidance on administering discrimination-free discipline in schools. Four years later, the Trump administration and members of Congress are attacking the guidance and using it as a political scapegoat for their own lack of meaningful…