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  • People For in Action
    The Title X Family Planning Program Is a Smart Investment in Public Health
    May 29, 2018 5:19 pm | By Jen Herrick

    The Title X Family Planning Program Is a Smart Investment in Public Health

    Last fall, People For the American Way joined allied organizations to outline our family planning funding priorities. Now that a new funding debate is underway in Congress, PFAW and allies want to ensure that family planning, particularly the Title X…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Callers Step Up for Second Chances Florida Ballot Initiative
    May 29, 2018 4:53 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Callers Step Up for Second Chances Florida Ballot Initiative

    Florida currently excludes 1.4 million returning citizens from participating in democracy. That could change this November with the Voting Restoration Amendment (Amendment 4) ballot initiative. Floridians will have the choice to return the eligibility to vote to their friends, family,…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Right-Wing Takeover of Our Courts
    May 25, 2018 2:17 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: The Right-Wing Takeover of Our Courts

    Since President Trump took office, his administration and Senate Republicans have been filling our courts with narrow-minded, elitist judges at a record pace. In the May 25 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” co-hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney sat down with…

  • People For in Action
    We Need Fairness, Justice, and Equity in Health Care—We Need the Health Equity and Accountability Act
    May 25, 2018 1:36 pm | By Jen Herrick

    We Need Fairness, Justice, and Equity in Health Care—We Need the Health Equity and Accountability Act

    On May 23, Representatives Barbara Lee and Judy Chu of California led members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus in introducing the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA). This legislation takes on…

  • People For in Action
    Trump Picks Anti-Immigrant Nominees for Lifetime Judicial Positions
    May 25, 2018 12:02 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Trump Picks Anti-Immigrant Nominees for Lifetime Judicial Positions

    President Trump continues to nominate judges with a demonstrated lack of respect for the values of justice and equality for all people. In particular, People For the American Way and other immigration advocates are calling out five judicial nominees who've…

  • News and Analysis
    The NFL and Donald Trump Miss the Point on Taking a Knee Against Police Violence
    May 24, 2018 5:49 pm | By Diallo Brooks

    The NFL and Donald Trump Miss the Point on Taking a Knee Against Police Violence

    Last year President Trump attacked black athletes for peacefully protesting against police violence during the national anthem at football games. At the same time, Trump was completely silent about the many police shootings of unarmed black people that dominated headlines.…

  • People For in Action
    Patrick Wyrick’s Presence on Trump’s SCOTUS List Raises Deep Concerns about His District Court Nomination
    May 24, 2018 4:21 pm | By Marge Baker

    Patrick Wyrick’s Presence on Trump’s SCOTUS List Raises Deep Concerns about His District Court Nomination

    PFAW opposed Wyrick's nomination following the publication of this post and his May hearing. On April 10, President Trump nominated Patrick Wyrick to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The Senate Judiciary Committee…

  • News and Analysis
    Challenging Trump’s Dehumanizing, Dangerous, Anti-Immigrant “Animals” Comment
    May 24, 2018 2:12 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    Challenging Trump’s Dehumanizing, Dangerous, Anti-Immigrant “Animals” Comment

    On Wednesday, May 16, Donald Trump convened a “sanctuary cities” roundtable at the White House. Trump deployed many of the same bigoted tactics there that he has used since his 2016 campaign. He told violent stories about “illegal immigrant criminals,…

  • News and Analysis
    Secret Money Subverts the Judicial System
    May 23, 2018 5:13 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Secret Money Subverts the Judicial System

    This week, the Center for American Progress hosted a panel discussion on a key area of concern for People For the American Way and our members: the intersection of money in politics and the judicial system. The program included remarks…

  • News and Analysis
    13 Initiatives Helping Young Progressives Run for Office—From School Board to Congress
    May 23, 2018 2:18 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    13 Initiatives Helping Young Progressives Run for Office—From School Board to Congress

    You've heard it before: Run for something, anything. Run for school board, city council, state office and beyond. But when you don't know how to run a campaign, how to fundraise, or what forms to file and when, running for…

  • People For in Action
    Britt Grant Judicial Nomination Raises Deep Concerns Prior to Hearing
    May 22, 2018 4:25 pm | By Marge Baker

    Britt Grant Judicial Nomination Raises Deep Concerns Prior to Hearing

    PFAW opposed Grant’s nomination following the publication of this post and her May hearing. On April 10, President Trump nominated Britt Grant to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee is…

  • People For in Action
    We Need More Data on the LGBTQ Community and Crime Victimization—Not Less
    May 22, 2018 3:30 pm | By Jen Herrick

    We Need More Data on the LGBTQ Community and Crime Victimization—Not Less

    The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is a vital source of crime data for our nation, one that is critical for understanding the experiences and needs of LGBTQ youth. Yet the Trump-Sessions InJustice Department wants to erase LGBTQ youth from…

  • Federal Update
    Democrats Push Democracy Reform Package
    May 22, 2018 3:25 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Democrats Push Democracy Reform Package

    On Monday Democratic leaders from both the House and Senate introduced the “A Better Deal for Our Democracy” reform package designed to address voting rights, government corruption, and big money in politics—the selling out of our democracy to powerful special…

  • News and Analysis
    Unstacking the Deck: Curbing the Culture of Corruption
    May 22, 2018 2:29 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Unstacking the Deck: Curbing the Culture of Corruption

    People from across the political spectrum agree: our government and political system are beholden to rich and powerful special interests at the expense of everyone else. It’s considered common knowledge that our democracy is severely compromised and in need of…

  • People For in Action
    Flawed “FIRST STEP Act” Is a False Promise for Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform
    May 22, 2018 10:33 am | By Jen Herrick

    Flawed “FIRST STEP Act” Is a False Promise for Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform

    On May 9, the House Judiciary Committee approved the FIRST STEP Act, a flawed criminal justice “compromise” that addresses only "back-end" reforms to the prison system without meaningfully addressing policing and sentencing. People For the American Way and PFAW's African…

  • News and Analysis
    5-4 Roberts Court Empowers Corporations to Nullify Federal Labor Protections
    May 21, 2018 2:49 pm | By Paul Gordon

    5-4 Roberts Court Empowers Corporations to Nullify Federal Labor Protections

    On Monday morning, in a 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the five-justice conservative majority on the Supreme Court stripped working people of a vitally important right that Congress specifically guaranteed in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA): the…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Throw Out Claim of Inhumane Confinement Conditions
    May 21, 2018 2:01 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Throw Out Claim of Inhumane Confinement Conditions

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump Eleventh Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom recently cast the deciding vote that reversed a district court and dismissed a…

  • News and Analysis
    64 Years After Brown v. Board, Why Aren’t Trump’s Judicial Nominees Committed to This Unassailable Ruling?
    May 21, 2018 10:34 am | By Layne Amerikaner

    64 Years After Brown v. Board, Why Aren’t Trump’s Judicial Nominees Committed to This Unassailable Ruling?

    This month marks the 64th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, a Supreme Court decision that represented a monumental step forward for equality and racial justice—one that is beyond question for most people in this country.…

  • People For in Action
    Military Families Deserve Better Than a Private School Voucher Scheme
    May 18, 2018 4:28 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Military Families Deserve Better Than a Private School Voucher Scheme

    People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action have long opposed vouchers that divert resources away from public schools that are meant to educate all students and put them in the hands of private schools that…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Transgender Equality in the Trump Era
    May 18, 2018 4:05 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Transgender Equality in the Trump Era

    Last week the Justice Department announced they are rolling back rules that protect transgender people in prisons, the latest attack from an administration that has taken every opportunity to undermine rights for transgender people. In the May 18 episode of…