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  • Federal Update
    Protecting Students Includes Safeguarding Their Rights
    March 22, 2018 4:23 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Protecting Students Includes Safeguarding Their Rights

    Gun violence prevention is once again on everyone's minds after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. People For the American Way protested outside the White House and marched to the U.S. Capitol on…

  • People For in Action
    Judicial Nominee Gordon Giampietro Would Cause Grave Harm to the LGBTQ Community
    March 21, 2018 2:29 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Judicial Nominee Gordon Giampietro Would Cause Grave Harm to the LGBTQ Community

    On December 20, President Trump nominated Gordon Giampietro to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Senator Tammy Baldwin has yet to return her home-state blue slip on this nomination—with good reason. Giampietro failed…

  • Op-Ed
    GOP Wants to Flood Politics with Dark Money Using Hidden “Policy Riders”
    March 20, 2018 4:46 pm | By Arn Pearson

    GOP Wants to Flood Politics with Dark Money Using Hidden “Policy Riders”

    Campaign finance reform was once a bipartisan issue. With Koch money flooding into the GOP, those days are gone This post originally appeared in Salon. The rising tide of political spending that has swamped Washington in the wake of Citizens United and…

  • People For in Action
    It’s Time for the Senate to Act on Harassment and Discrimination
    March 20, 2018 1:46 pm | By Jen Herrick

    It’s Time for the Senate to Act on Harassment and Discrimination

    The House of Representatives was first out of the gate in addressing Congress' harassment and discrimination problem. Now it's time for the Senate to follow suit. People For the American Way was among seventy organizational allies that wrote to the…

  • People For in Action
    Latest Anti-Choice Attacks Would Devastate Health Care for Millions
    March 19, 2018 3:51 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Latest Anti-Choice Attacks Would Devastate Health Care for Millions

    Anti-choice members of Congress are marking this week's eighth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by pushing yet another attack on comprehensive reproductive health care. For ACA market stabilization to be added to the latest government funding package, they want…

  • #JusticeForJane: 270K Petitions Call For Removal of Scott Lloyd and Restoration of Health Care Services at HHS
    March 16, 2018 3:50 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    #JusticeForJane: 270K Petitions Call For Removal of Scott Lloyd and Restoration of Health Care Services at HHS

    Last fall, Jane Doe, an undocumented teen being held in federal custody in Texas, was blocked by Trump-appointee Scott Lloyd from leaving a federal holding facility in order to get an abortion. Since then, at least seven teenagers in the custody…

  • People For in Action
    U.S. Must Not Hide Its History of Japanese American Incarceration
    March 16, 2018 3:00 pm | By Jen Herrick

    U.S. Must Not Hide Its History of Japanese American Incarceration

    On August 11, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation to issue a formal apology and reparations for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Thirty years after the Civil Liberties Act and more than seventy since the war,…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: How the Alt-Right is Pushing Hate on YouTube
    March 16, 2018 12:56 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Jared Holt

    The Progressive Happy Hour: How the Alt-Right is Pushing Hate on YouTube

    In the wake of the 2016 election, there has been a surge of activity among the white supremacist alt-right—and one of the primary places they are pushing their hateful and dangerous ideology is on YouTube. In the March 16 episode…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Members Helped Stop Republican Rick Saccone
    March 15, 2018 4:04 pm | By Bradley Williams

    PFAW Members Helped Stop Republican Rick Saccone

    PFAW members showed up and did their part to stop right-wing Trump Republican Rick Saccone from winning the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district.  Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory sends a decisive message to Trump and the GOP: watch for a blue…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Foundation Brief: Minnesota Wisely Forbids Discrimination
    March 15, 2018 3:23 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Foundation Brief: Minnesota Wisely Forbids Discrimination

    On March 13, People For the American Way Foundation joined with organizational allies to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in yet another case where the far-right group Alliance Defending Freedom is…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump’s Judicial Nominees Are Hiding Their Records
    March 15, 2018 3:11 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Trump’s Judicial Nominees Are Hiding Their Records

    Justice is supposed to be blind. But in order to do away with that principle and transform our judicial system, the Trump administration is keeping the Senate blind to vital information about the president’s nominees. Judges exercise an enormous role…

  • Op-Ed
    HUD Mission Statement Is Trump’s Latest Censorship Salvo
    March 15, 2018 3:07 pm | By People For Staff

    HUD Mission Statement Is Trump’s Latest Censorship Salvo

    On March 5, Secretary Ben Carson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development made one thing clear: after a half century of enforcing the Fair Housing Act, HUD is no longer in the fair housing business. Carson thinks that…

  • People For in Action
    Congress Must Keep Its Commitment to Funding Child Care
    March 15, 2018 9:33 am | By Jen Herrick

    Congress Must Keep Its Commitment to Funding Child Care

    One of the few bright spots in February's federal budget deal was its commitment to funding child care. With another funding deadline looming large and the debate on next year's funding soon to follow, People For the American Way is…

  • People For in Action
    Public Schools Week Demonstrates Broad, Diverse Support for High-Quality Public Education
    March 14, 2018 9:25 am | By Jen Herrick

    Public Schools Week Demonstrates Broad, Diverse Support for High-Quality Public Education

    In celebration of Public Schools Week, People For the American Way and more than 50 national organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to the highest quality public education for all students. Our joint statement follows below and is available here. Public…

  • People For in Action
    Diallo Brooks: “Congress Needs to Take Action” to End Gun Violence
    March 14, 2018 9:08 am | By Marie Lindberg

    Diallo Brooks: “Congress Needs to Take Action” to End Gun Violence

    In a country awash with guns, shootings like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this February are inevitable. As we consider who is responsible for getting us to this point, the list can grow long. Blame the NRA…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA: Eliminating the Community Relations Service Is a Step Back on Civil Rights
    March 13, 2018 1:37 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA: Eliminating the Community Relations Service Is a Step Back on Civil Rights

    The Community Relations Service (CRS) helps communities prevent and respond to hate crimes and address racial tensions. They are needed more today than they were a half century ago when created by the Civil Rights Act. Yet President Trump wants…

  • People For in Action
    U.S. Should Invest in Young People’s Health and Rights
    March 13, 2018 9:42 am | By Jen Herrick

    U.S. Should Invest in Young People’s Health and Rights

    One of the important questions that must be answered by government funding negotiators is whether the U.S. will invest in young people's health and rights. From teen pregnancy and HIV prevention to sex education and more, People For the American…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA: Secretary Carson Must Reverse Course on HUD Mission Statement
    March 9, 2018 4:38 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA: Secretary Carson Must Reverse Course on HUD Mission Statement

    On March 5, in a memo to its employees, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a new HUD mission statement that scrubs references to "inclusive" communities and "communities free from discrimination." Amid widespread pushback, HUD Secretary Ben Carson…

  • People For in Action
    LGBTQ Equality and Religious Freedom Win in Sixth Circuit Following PFAW Foundation Brief
    March 9, 2018 4:35 pm | By Jen Herrick

    LGBTQ Equality and Religious Freedom Win in Sixth Circuit Following PFAW Foundation Brief

    On March 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its opinion in E.E.O.C. v. Harris Funeral Homes, ruling that Aimee Stephens' rights were violated when she was fired for living and dressing consistent with her gender…

  • The Progressive Happy Hour: Inequity in Our Schools
    March 9, 2018 2:07 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Inequity in Our Schools

    Data has shown for decades that there are deep inequities in our nation’s schools when it comes to race and income—but just how much are some children being shortchanged? In the March 9 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” co-hosts Christin “Cici” Battle…