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  • People For in Action
    Treating Pregnant Workers Fairly Is Good for Women and the Economy
    June 7, 2017 1:08 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Treating Pregnant Workers Fairly Is Good for Women and the Economy

    On Mother's Day, we sent a message to President Trump: mothers don’t need greeting cards and chocolate—we need real reform. Yet barely a week later, another empty promise is exactly what American mothers got. The Trump budget is chockful of…

  • Federal Update
    Pride Month: LGBTQ Progress and Holding the Trump Administration Accountable
    June 6, 2017 11:53 am | By Jen Herrick

    Pride Month: LGBTQ Progress and Holding the Trump Administration Accountable

    One year ago, President Obama marked the final LGBTQ Pride Month of his administration by calling on the American people to eliminate prejudice and celebrate diversity. Today, President Trump has failed to even recognize Pride Month, choosing instead to mark…

  • News and Analysis
    Obstruction of Justice Evidence Mounts
    June 1, 2017 1:10 pm | By Arn Pearson

    Obstruction of Justice Evidence Mounts

    This post originally appeared in Medium. President Trump’s attempts to impede the FBI’s investigation are a big deal In the world of presidential scandals, “obstruction of justice” is kind of a big deal. Sure, President Nixon was responsible for overseeing…

  • Federal Update
    Trump Administration Guts Federal Agencies’ Ability to Protect Civil Rights
    May 31, 2017 4:15 pm | By Diallo Brooks

    Trump Administration Guts Federal Agencies’ Ability to Protect Civil Rights

    This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post. In recent decades a critical role of the federal government has been to enforce laws that protect marginalized communities from discrimination, with offices in multiple agencies focused on investigating wrongdoing and curbing civil…

  • State and Local Update
    Big Resistance Wins in New York and New Hampshire: Republicans Lose Their First Two Seats
    May 31, 2017 3:17 pm | By Bradley Williams

    Big Resistance Wins in New York and New Hampshire: Republicans Lose Their First Two Seats

    Last week, progressives scored two key victories in New Hampshire and New York. Two Republican districts that Donald Trump won flipped, with Democrats winning these crucial state legislative seats. These are the first two Republican seats to switch since 2016…

  • Op-Ed
    The Other Special Prosecutor We Need
    May 31, 2017 11:27 am | By Marie Lindberg

    The Other Special Prosecutor We Need

    The investigations into the Trump administration’s potential dealings with the Russian government during the 2016 election are picking up steam and gaining wider attention, but People For the American Way’s Arn Pearson sees another scandal growing that also deserves more…

  • News and Analysis
    GOP moving Trump’s judges too SLOWLY? Hardly.
    May 31, 2017 11:01 am | By Paul Gordon

    GOP moving Trump’s judges too SLOWLY? Hardly.

    Conservatives are in such a rush to shift America’s judiciary rightward that they’ve lost all sense of perspective. Yesterday’s Washington Examiner reports: President Trump's approach to filling the judiciary won praise from conservatives in the immediate aftermath of Justice Neil…

  • State and Local Update
    Montana Special Election Shows Outsized Impact of Money in Politics
    May 26, 2017 2:13 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Montana Special Election Shows Outsized Impact of Money in Politics

    This week, despite being charged for assaulting a reporter who was asking about the American Health Care Act, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte came out on top in the special election to fill the Montana congressional seat vacated by Interior Secretary…

  • News and Analysis
    Republicans Love the Blue Slip
    May 26, 2017 2:07 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Republicans Love the Blue Slip

    The Senate has a number of characteristics that differentiate it from the House—practices designed to foster debate, encourage comity, and respect the prerogatives of each senator.  The “blue slip” tradition for circuit and district court nominations is one such practice,…

  • State and Local Update
    Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Reaches New Milestone
    May 26, 2017 1:29 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Reaches New Milestone

    This week Nevada became the 19th state to officially call for a constitutional amendment to overturn Supreme Court decisions, such as Citizens United, which have led to an explosion of political spending by powerful special interests seeking to advance their…

  • People For in Action
    The Gender Pay Gap Is A Real Problem That Deserves Real Solutions
    May 25, 2017 4:00 pm | By Jen Herrick

    The Gender Pay Gap Is A Real Problem That Deserves Real Solutions

    With the Trump administration and GOP Congress so egregiously out of touch with the needs of everyday Americans, it's critical that we call out their alternative facts and advocate for solutions that get to the real heart of very real…

  • People For in Action
    May 25, 2017 3:45 pm | By Michael Keegan

    Racial Justice Task Force

    In order to ensure that People For the American Way’s longstanding commitment to racial justice is more fully and effectively expressed through our work and in our own operations, we are in the process of forming a board-staff task force…

  • News and Analysis
    4th Circuit Rules Against Trump’s Muslim Ban
    May 25, 2017 3:38 pm | By Paul Gordon

    4th Circuit Rules Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its ruling today on President Trump’s second attempt at a Muslim immigration ban. Rather than a panel of three judges, this was decided by the full court. They ruled against…

  • People For in Action
    What is the Next Up Victory Fund?
    May 23, 2017 2:17 pm | By Michael Keegan

    What is the Next Up Victory Fund?

    The national progressive movement has been in crisis since well before the 2016 elections. Between governorships and legislatures, Democrats have lost a net 1,037 seats in the past eight years. Republicans have methodically taken complete control of 32 legislatures and…

  • Federal Update
    Americans Deserve a Federal Budget that Safeguards their Health and Rights
    May 23, 2017 10:46 am | By Jen Herrick

    Americans Deserve a Federal Budget that Safeguards their Health and Rights

    With new Trump budget details released today, one thing is ever more clear: President Trump wants the federal government to work for people like him at the expense of everyone else. When Trump released his so-called "skinny budget" back in…

  • People For in Action
    Who’s Next Up: New Faces of Progressive Political Leadership
    May 22, 2017 5:20 pm | By Dawn Huckelbridge

    Who’s Next Up: New Faces of Progressive Political Leadership

    In these challenging times it is abundantly clear that  we need new voices, new ideas, and fresh perspectives more than ever. As we contend with a failing Congress, an out of touch president, and leaders that look very little like…

  • People For in Action
    Criminal Justice Reform Threatened by House-Passed Legislation
    May 22, 2017 2:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Criminal Justice Reform Threatened by House-Passed Legislation

    Criminal justice reform is one of the most pressing needs facing us today. But even as agreement emerges about the harms of mandatory minimums and states take steps toward needed reforms, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has launched a "tough on…

  • Will Our Democratic Institutions Prevail?
    May 19, 2017 10:38 am | By Michael Keegan

    Will Our Democratic Institutions Prevail?

    From ethical transgressions to possible criminal obstruction of justice, here are just some of the damning top-line news items from this whirlwind week: In a briefing with US senators yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed that he knew of…

  • People For in Action
    The Senate Should Call for Special Counsel to Investigate the Trump Family’s Self-Enrichment
    May 18, 2017 6:03 pm | By Michael Keegan

    The Senate Should Call for Special Counsel to Investigate the Trump Family’s Self-Enrichment

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to the chairs and ranking members of key Senate and House committees, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the House Judiciary Committee, and the…

  • People For in Action
    Trump Co-Opts Women’s Health—PFAW Joins 30+ Organizations To Call Him Out
    May 18, 2017 2:32 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Trump Co-Opts Women’s Health—PFAW Joins 30+ Organizations To Call Him Out

    President Trump kicked off National Women's Health Week with a bold statement: [W]e recognize the importance of providing women access to the best, evidence-based health information and care, and growing our medical knowledge through basic and applied research support. That's…