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  • People For in Action
    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Eric Dreiband’s Nomination
    August 31, 2017 9:08 am | By Marge Baker

    Letter: The Judiciary Committee Should Reject Eric Dreiband’s Nomination

    People For the American Way sent the following letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members to express our opposition to the confirmation of Eric Dreiband to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. You can download this letter here. Dear Chairman…

  • People For in Action
    Protect DACA and Pass the Dream Act
    August 30, 2017 1:51 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Protect DACA and Pass the Dream Act

    Media reports continue to suggest that President Trump will end the critically important Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to pursue careers and education without fear of deportation. This comes…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Emboldened White Supremacists — And Now They Know He Has Their Back
    August 30, 2017 10:25 am | By Michael Keegan

    Trump Emboldened White Supremacists — And Now They Know He Has Their Back

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. There were “very fine people” taking part in the white supremacist event, Trump contended, red-faced and belligerent. It was a sickening new low, even from a man who spent his presidential campaign energizing white…

  • News and Analysis
    “Whose Streets” is the Epitome of Resistance!
    August 30, 2017 10:05 am | By Bradley Williams

    “Whose Streets” is the Epitome of Resistance!

    This movie highlights the struggles of people trying to voice their grievances over not only another killing of an unarmed black man by the police but also many years of systemic oppression experienced by the local Black community. Instead of…

  • Op-Ed
    Democrats have never needed a deeper bench and never had a thinner one.
    August 29, 2017 5:00 pm | By Lizet Ocampo

    Democrats have never needed a deeper bench and never had a thinner one.

    So let’s fix that. These are dark days for Democrat still sorting through the ashes of the 2016 elections. When Donald Trump won the electoral and thus the White House in 2016, and Republicans maintained control of both houses of Congress,…

  • People For in Action
    Concerns Remain After DOJ Narrows DisruptJ20 Warrant
    August 24, 2017 1:14 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Concerns Remain After DOJ Narrows DisruptJ20 Warrant

    Last week brought the disturbing news that Sessions' Justice Department attempted to serve a search warrant on DreamHost and force the web hosting platform to turn over the IP addresses of everyone who visited DistruptJ20.org, along with emails and unpublished…

  • News and Analysis
    GOP Efforts to Break Up the Ninth Circuit Would Harm Justice
    August 23, 2017 5:03 pm | By Paul Gordon

    GOP Efforts to Break Up the Ninth Circuit Would Harm Justice

    Don’t like losing in court? Don’t like it when the independent judiciary set up by our nation’s founders shuts down your plans as illegal and even unconstitutional? Hate it when judges who are supposed to be insulated from politics issue…

  • Op-Ed
    The New Civil Rights Crisis
    August 17, 2017 4:28 pm | By Bradley Williams

    The New Civil Rights Crisis

    This post originally appeared on Medium. I grew up in one of the parishes white supremacist David Duke won when he ran for governor. Duke, a former KKK leader, and many others like him spew hatred to push their white…

  • News and Analysis
    Khizr Khan: Trump “has failed us.”
    August 17, 2017 11:03 am | By Marie Lindberg

    Khizr Khan: Trump “has failed us.”

    Khizr Khan, People For the American Way Foundation board member and Gold Star father, appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday night to condemn the appalling lack of leadership from Trump this week. Earlier on Tuesday, Trump doubled down on…

  • News and Analysis
    A special note about the emboldened white supremacists who rallied in Virginia this weekend
    August 15, 2017 2:46 pm | By Michael Keegan

    A special note about the emboldened white supremacists who rallied in Virginia this weekend

    “Sieg heil,” “White Lives Matter,” “Jews will not replace us,” and “blood and soil” — a translation of the Nazi slogan “blut und boden” — were among the chants heard from the crowd at the “Unite the Right” rally in…

  • Op-Ed
    Our Diversity is Our Strength: White Supremacy Has No Place in America Today
    August 15, 2017 1:44 pm | By Taif Jany

    Our Diversity is Our Strength: White Supremacy Has No Place in America Today

    This post originally appeared on HuffPost. Nine years ago this month I arrived in the United States to attend Union College in Schenectady, NY, where I finished my undergraduate studies. I still remember the very first thing I noticed the…

  • News and Analysis
    Correcting Misinformation on Blue Slips
    August 11, 2017 1:45 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Correcting Misinformation on Blue Slips

    Kudos to Politico for publishing an article today on the extremely important topic of lower federal courts (that is, not the Supreme Court)—especially the circuit courts of appeal. Unfortunately, it appears they were given some misleading information that needs to…

  • People For in Action
    RAISE Act Continues Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Assault
    August 7, 2017 2:22 pm | By Jen Herrick

    RAISE Act Continues Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Assault

    From his early days as a “birther” testing the presidential waters to his first six months in the Oval Office forging headlong into the Muslim ban, a border wall, and deportations, President Trump has waged an unrelenting assault on the…

  • People For in Action
    Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Private Prisons
    August 7, 2017 10:12 am | By Jen Herrick

    Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Private Prisons

    One of the hallmarks of the first six months of the Trump administration has been its dramatic walkback of the federal role in protecting the civil rights of communities of color—with Attorney General Jeff Sessions leading the charge as head…

  • Op-Ed
    Sessions: Tell the Truth About Your Project to Attack Campus Diversity Efforts
    August 4, 2017 5:22 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Sessions: Tell the Truth About Your Project to Attack Campus Diversity Efforts

    This piece was originally published on HuffPost. Earlier this week it was widely reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was planning “a new project to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they determine discriminate against white applicants.” A…

  • Op-Ed
    Trump’s Nativist Attacks on Immigrants Weaken Our Country
    August 3, 2017 4:33 pm | By Taif Jany

    Trump’s Nativist Attacks on Immigrants Weaken Our Country

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. As a green card holder myself, I can tell you from personal experience that immigrants fight really hard and struggle so much to obtain their green cards. They do that because they want to…

  • People For in Action
    Fighting for Justice at Justice Means Opposing the Dreiband Nomination
    August 1, 2017 10:24 am | By Jen Herrick

    Fighting for Justice at Justice Means Opposing the Dreiband Nomination

    This December will mark the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. This division is supposed to ensure that civil rights protections are enforced, especially for those who are too often the target of…

  • Op-Ed
    Khizr Khan: Anti-Muslim Vitriol Has Deadly Consequences
    July 31, 2017 10:25 am | By Marie Lindberg

    Khizr Khan: Anti-Muslim Vitriol Has Deadly Consequences

    In the wake of a rising number of anti-Muslim attacks, the introduction of “anti-sharia” state laws, and a president that knowingly provokes fear and hatred of religious and ethnic minorities, the "March Against Sharia" events that took place last month…

  • People For in Action
    Trump and GOP Move On from Attacking Health Care (For Now) to Attacking Economic Justice
    July 28, 2017 12:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Trump and GOP Move On from Attacking Health Care (For Now) to Attacking Economic Justice

    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 women and working families of their health care and been particularly devastating to people of color.…

  • Op-Ed
    The Real Reasons Why Jeff Sessions is a Failure as Attorney General
    July 27, 2017 2:49 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    The Real Reasons Why Jeff Sessions is a Failure as Attorney General

    This post originally appeared in the HuffPost. With all the attention lately on President Trump’s complaints about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, there has been very little focus on the genuine problems with Sessions’ job performance. In six key areas –…