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  • People For in Action
    Congress Must Address Its Harassment and Discrimination Problem
    January 19, 2018 1:11 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Congress Must Address Its Harassment and Discrimination Problem

    As women in Hollywood organize to tackle harassment and discrimination, the U.S. Congress is working on new protections for its workforce. On January 18, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that aims to address complainants' resources and rights, dispute resolution and reporting,…

  • News and Analysis
    Republicans Advance More Dangerously Unqualified Nominees
    January 19, 2018 12:17 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Republicans Advance More Dangerously Unqualified Nominees

    On January 18, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a large number of nominees, six of whom we have opposed as dangerously unqualified: Thomas Farr; Eric Dreiband; Mark Norris; Matthew Kacsmaryk; Kyle Duncan; and David Stras. Five of…

  • News and Analysis
    TIME Cover on Women Candidates Features Five Endorsees of PFAW’s ‘Next Up’ Program
    January 18, 2018 5:06 pm | By Layne Amerikaner

    TIME Cover on Women Candidates Features Five Endorsees of PFAW’s ‘Next Up’ Program

    The new TIME Magazine cover features first-time women candidates who have run for office since Donald Trump was elected, including many who won their races in 2017. Among them are five trailblazing women in Virginia who were supported by People…

  • News and Analysis
    PFAW Calls Out Senators Who Honor Dr. King Then Vote for Thomas Farr
    January 18, 2018 12:40 pm | By Marie Lindberg

    PFAW Calls Out Senators Who Honor Dr. King Then Vote for Thomas Farr

    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Republicans in Congress flock to social media to post their favorite Dr. King quotes out of context and reflect on his legacy of equality and justice. At the same time, they refuse to act…

  • People For in Action
    PFAW Joins Allies at the Supreme Court to Rally for Voting Rights
    January 17, 2018 4:13 pm | By Bradley Williams

    PFAW Joins Allies at the Supreme Court to Rally for Voting Rights

    On Wednesday PFAW and allies protested outside the Supreme Court before the oral arguments of the blockbuster voting rights case Husted v. Philip A Randolph Institute. A broad coalition of cultural advocacy and civil rights leaders rallied to demand that…

  • News and Analysis
    The Racist in the Oval Office
    January 17, 2018 12:47 pm | By Diallo Brooks

    The Racist in the Oval Office

    In the media, there’s often been a reluctance to use the “R-Word” to label behavior, watering it down to terms like “offensive” or “inappropriate,” but we need to say it loud and clear: President Trump’s attacks on black and brown…

  • People For in Action
    We Are Strongest When We Stand Together
    January 17, 2018 11:45 am | By Jen Herrick

    We Are Strongest When We Stand Together

    From Dreamers and other immigrants, to disaster relief, to children’s health care, and a number of other vital issues and programs, Republicans have taken their eyes off of addressing the most urgent priorities of their constituents. On January 11, with…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: Winning in 2018
    January 12, 2018 4:05 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Lizet Ocampo

    The Progressive Happy Hour: Winning in 2018

    The 2017 elections saw big victories for Democrats—with diverse, progressive candidates winning across the country. Will this momentum carry through in 2018? In the January 12 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney talked…

  • People For in Action
    Groups Renew Call for No Poison Pill Policy Riders
    January 11, 2018 5:26 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Groups Renew Call for No Poison Pill Policy Riders

    People For the American Way is among nearly 150 Clean Budget Coalition supporters renewing their call to keep spending measures free of poison pill policy riders. Unpopular, unnecessary, partisan provisions that get tacked on in secret have nothing to do…

  • People For in Action
    DOJ Request for Census Citizenship Question is Unnecessary and Harmful
    January 11, 2018 3:12 pm | By Jen Herrick

    DOJ Request for Census Citizenship Question is Unnecessary and Harmful

    As if the InJustice Department weren't busy enough, DOJ wrote to the U.S. Census Bureau on December 12 to request that a new citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census. Simply put, such a request is untimely, unnecessary, and…

  • News and Analysis
    SCOTUS Hears Voter Purge Case
    January 10, 2018 4:48 pm | By Paul Gordon

    SCOTUS Hears Voter Purge Case

    One of the most common and least visible forms of voter suppression is the removal of eligible voters from the rolls if they haven’t voted recently. The victims only find out when they go to vote and are told they…

  • People For in Action
    Surveillance Bill Must Include Essential Privacy Amendment
    January 10, 2018 3:16 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Surveillance Bill Must Include Essential Privacy Amendment

    On October 24, People For the American Way endorsed the USA RIGHTS Act, bipartisan legislation that addresses the federal government’s abuse of the surveillance authorities granted by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Months later, the U.S. House…

  • People For in Action
    HHS Needs a Leader Committed to Health Care for All
    January 9, 2018 5:13 pm | By Jen Herrick

    HHS Needs a Leader Committed to Health Care for All

    On November 14, President Trump nominated Alex Azar to replace Tom Price as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a hearing on the Azar nomination on November 29,…

  • News and Analysis
    Progressive Happy Hour: LGBTQ Equality in the Trump Era
    January 5, 2018 4:23 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Peter Montgomery

    Progressive Happy Hour: LGBTQ Equality in the Trump Era

    While running for president, Donald Trump tried to paint himself as a pro-gay candidate, pledging to “do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens.” But Trump’s many attacks on LGBTQ communities in his first year—including his recent decision to…

  • State and Local Update
    After the Landslide: The Latest in the Fight Over the Virginia House of Delegates
    January 5, 2018 11:53 am | By Katie O’Connell

    After the Landslide: The Latest in the Fight Over the Virginia House of Delegates

    The Virginia House of Delegates is set to convene on January 10 after the landmark election in 2017 that flipped 15 seats in the legislature and brought the Democrats close to a tie. But two Republican-held seats are still in…

  • People For in Action
    Happy New Year! Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission DISBANDED
    January 4, 2018 9:50 am | By Michael Keegan

    Happy New Year! Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission DISBANDED

    Last night, Donald Trump signed an executive order dissolving his sham ‘election integrity’ commission. This is a BIG win and you were a big part of it. Thank you! Throughout 2017, PFAW and our members like you fought back hard…

  • Federal Update
    Trump Sneaks In Some Last-Minute Cruelty Before the New Year
    January 3, 2018 4:42 pm | By Katie O’Connell

    Trump Sneaks In Some Last-Minute Cruelty Before the New Year

    Don’t let all the golf fool you! Donald Trump actually had a busy holiday break. On the Fridays before Christmas and New Year’s Day, when many of us weren’t paying much attention, Trump and his administration snuck in big rollbacks…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: New Year’s Eve Spectacular
    December 29, 2017 9:00 am | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney, Layne Amerikaner, Bradley Williams

    The Progressive Happy Hour: New Year’s Eve Spectacular

    Happy New Year from all of us at The Progressive Happy Hour! In a December 29 New Year’s Eve mini-episode, hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney join PFAW staffers Bradley Williams and Layne Amerikaner to share their New Year’s…

  • News and Analysis
    The Progressive Happy Hour: We Made It Through 2017
    December 21, 2017 5:03 pm | By Christin “Cici” Battle, Drew Courtney

    The Progressive Happy Hour: We Made It Through 2017

    From unexpected election results to the biggest demonstration in U.S. history, 2017 has been quite a year. Progressives have seen significant losses—but also some major wins. In the December 21 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” hosts Christin “Cici” Battle…

  • People For in Action
    Government Censorship Places Ideology Ahead of Scientific Integrity
    December 21, 2017 4:49 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Government Censorship Places Ideology Ahead of Scientific Integrity

    Reports have been circulating since December 15 of federal government employees, including those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having been banned from using words like "diversity" and "transgender" in budget documents for the coming year. This…