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  • People For in Action
    This Mother’s Day, Remember the Harm of Trump’s Family Separation
    May 7, 2019 4:24 pm | By Marie Lindberg, Bettina Ramon

    This Mother’s Day, Remember the Harm of Trump’s Family Separation

    Days before Mother’s Day, we urge everyone to think about the mothers who have been separated from their children and the many more who still have not been reunited. In addition to the thousands of families who are separated every…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Undermine Fair Housing Act
    May 6, 2019 12:02 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Undermine Fair Housing Act

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties. An important principle recognized by the Supreme Court is that the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits rental or…

  • People For in Action
    Confirming Judicial Nominee Joseph Bianco Would Represent a Dangerous Shift in Our Legal, Political, and Cultural Norms
    May 3, 2019 4:12 pm | By Marge Baker

    Confirming Judicial Nominee Joseph Bianco Would Represent a Dangerous Shift in Our Legal, Political, and Cultural Norms

    On November 13, President Trump nominated Joseph Bianco of New York to be a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals over the objection of home state Democratic senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The Senate Judiciary Committee held…

  • People For in Action
    #VoteTheCourts2020: Williamson and Castro Discuss Their Ideal Judicial Nominees
    May 3, 2019 10:06 am | By Kayla Butler

    #VoteTheCourts2020: Williamson and Castro Discuss Their Ideal Judicial Nominees

    As part of its #VoteTheCourts2020 campaign, PFAW is asking Democratic presidential candidates to discuss their plans to nominate  fair-minded constitutionalists to the bench. During campaign stops in Nevada in late March and April, New Age author and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson and former Secretary of Housing and…

  • News and Analysis
    Family Separation: A Shameful Part of Our History
    May 2, 2019 5:39 pm | By Bettina Ramon

    Family Separation: A Shameful Part of Our History

    There is perhaps no better example of Trump’s continued assault on Latinx immigrants than the family separation policy he ordered in early 2017. After thousands of immigrant children were taken from their parents, public outcry over the administration’s cruelty and…

  • Federal Update
    Trump Administration Finalizes Religious Refusals Rule That Threatens Access to Health Care
    May 2, 2019 3:30 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Trump Administration Finalizes Religious Refusals Rule That Threatens Access to Health Care

    On May 2, the Trump administration finalized a new rule that will threaten millions of Americans’ access to health care by creating expansive rights for health care providers to discriminate and refuse to provide care. The new rule violates the…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Support for Data Collection That Will Help Fight Racial Injustice in Special Education
    May 1, 2019 9:42 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA Renew Support for Data Collection That Will Help Fight Racial Injustice in Special Education

    People For the American Way and PFAW's African American Ministers In Action believe in the important role that data collection has to play in eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the identification, placement, and discipline of special education students. On…

  • News and Analysis
    Decision by Republican-Appointed Appellate Judges Threatens Protest Leaders with Lawsuits, Violating First Amendment Rights
    April 30, 2019 4:30 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Decision by Republican-Appointed Appellate Judges Threatens Protest Leaders with Lawsuits, Violating First Amendment Rights

    A recent decision by a panel of three federal judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, including one appointed by President Trump, allows a police officer to sue the organizer of a Black Lives Matter protest for an injury caused…

  • News and Analysis
    At Barr’s Senate Hearing, Expect Graham to Work for Trump
    April 30, 2019 12:13 pm | By Paul Gordon

    At Barr’s Senate Hearing, Expect Graham to Work for Trump

    Attorney General Barr is scheduled to testify at an oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1 on matters relating to the Russian effort to make Donald Trump president of the United States. Chairman Lindsey Graham should act…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judges Vote to Erode Fourth Amendment Protections
    April 29, 2019 6:38 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Trump Circuit Judges Vote to Erode Fourth Amendment Protections

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  Trump 11th Circuit Judges Kevin Newsom, Elizabeth Branch, and Britt Grant recently cast the deciding votes in a 7-5…

  • News and Analysis
    Don’t Buy the Barr-Graham ‘Spying’ Scam
    April 29, 2019 10:04 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Don’t Buy the Barr-Graham ‘Spying’ Scam

    On May 1 and May 2, Attorney General William Barr is expected to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees concerning Robert Mueller’s final report. But if past is any prologue, Barr and Republican allies like Senate Judiciary Committee…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Cheers, Drew!
    April 26, 2019 3:54 pm | By Drew Courtney, Christin “Cici” Battle

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Cheers, Drew!

    Since we launched this podcast in October 2017, cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle have covered political and pop culture issues ranging from the right-wing judicial takeover to intersectional organizing to Game of Thrones. We’ve gotten to know our cohosts…

  • News and Analysis
    Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism in Trump’s America
    April 26, 2019 3:49 pm | By

    Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism in Trump’s America

    On April 25, a coalition of advocates hosted a panel on Capitol Hill to help bring attention to the increase in hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism since the election of Donald Trump. The panel focused on legislative…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW and AAMIA to Congress: Protect the Johnson Amendment
    April 25, 2019 2:26 pm | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW and AAMIA to Congress: Protect the Johnson Amendment

    In 2017, President Trump used his National Prayer Breakfast appearance to attack the Johnson Amendment. On the occasion of the 2019 breakfast and the new session of Congress, People For the American Way, PFAW's African American Ministers In Action, and…

  • News and Analysis
    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: With Trump Justices, SCOTUS Allows More Corporate Coercion Masked as Voluntary Arbitration
    April 24, 2019 2:50 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: With Trump Justices, SCOTUS Allows More Corporate Coercion Masked as Voluntary Arbitration

    “Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties.  The two Supreme Court justices selected by President Trump made the difference in a 5-4 case decided on April 24…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Coalition at Supreme Court to Rally Against the Census Citizenship Question
    April 24, 2019 12:46 pm | By Tori Slatton

    PFAW Joins Coalition at Supreme Court to Rally Against the Census Citizenship Question

    On April 23 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case challenging the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The census is an extremely important, constitutionally protected tool used to assess communities’ needs…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Foundation Brief: Trump’s Final Birth Control Rules Violate Religious Freedom Protections
    April 24, 2019 11:05 am | By Jen Herrick

    PFAW Foundation Brief: Trump’s Final Birth Control Rules Violate Religious Freedom Protections

    In January, People For the American Way Foundation joined organizational allies to file district court briefs challenging President Trump’s discriminatory birth control rollback, which carves out sweeping religious and moral exemptions that allow employers and universities to withhold comprehensive reproductive…

  • Federal Update
    SCOTUS Will Hear Major LGBTQ+ Workplace Discrimination Cases
    April 22, 2019 1:53 pm | By Paul Gordon

    SCOTUS Will Hear Major LGBTQ+ Workplace Discrimination Cases

    On April 22, the Supreme Court announced that it will take up three cases having an enormous impact on workers’ rights and workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.  The cases give the justices a chance to affirm that Title VII’s existing…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Science
    April 19, 2019 4:23 pm | By Drew Courtney, Diallo Brooks

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Trump’s Attacks on Science

    One hallmark of the Trump administration is its aggressive attacks on science-based policies and research. These attacks don’t just devalue science’s role in learning, problem-solving and developing new technologies – they also shape our health, public lands and democracy. In…

  • Federal Update
    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House
    April 19, 2019 4:20 pm | By Rio Tazewell

    Democracy For All Amendment Builds Support in the House

    Following the historic passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most extensive and powerful set of pro-democracy reforms to pass the House in decades, People For the American Way and our allies are working to build support…