Phil Robertson: Hillary Clinton Lies Because Satan Controls The Democratic Party

Phil Robertson joined “Breitbart News Daily” this morning to promote his new movie, “Torchbearer,” which was directed by Breitbart chairman turned Donald Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon and produced by Trump aide and Breitbart contributor David Bossie.

Robertson said that America is in need of a “spiritual fix,” and that Democrats have driven out God. The “living proof” of this, he said, is Hillary Clinton, who “has a hard time telling the truth because the Evil One is the Father of Lies.”

Our founding fathers warned us repeatedly to never let this day come, but the day has now come upon us. I mean, think about it. The Democratic Party on [inaudible] when Barack Obama ran, they literally booed God out of the Democratic Party. I mean, not only ran Him out and took His name out of their platform, they booed Him out. So, you get what you ask for, so here we are. So the bottom line is, [when someone said they] entertain the thought of maybe voting for Hillary Clinton, I said, they ran God out of the Democratic Party. She has a hard time telling the truth because the Evil One is the Father of Lies, according to Jesus, and she’s living proof of it, my man.

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The Final Push: PFAW’s Latinos Vote! Get Out the Vote Efforts

In addition to PFAW’s efforts dating back to early 2015 to expose and counter the Right and get out the Latino vote this election, PFAW was on the ground in Pennsylvania and Arizona in the final days leading up to the election.

Saturday and Sunday, we focused on get out the vote efforts among Latino communities in Pennsylvania, a state where the Latino vote can be decisive. On Saturday, PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo addressed voters and activists at a rally hosted by Make the Road Action in Allentown, PA focused on why Donald Trump and Senator Pat Toomey stand with Wall Street, not working families. Over 40 percent of Allentown residents are Latino, and nearby Reading is the only city in Pennsylvania with a majority Latino population.

Allenton, PA Get Out the Vote Rally

On Sunday, actress Lauren Velez (How to Get Away with Murder, Dexter, I Like It Like That) joined PFAW and local groups including NCLR Action and For Pennsylvania’s Future for door knocking and a canvass kickoff. Speakers addressed the anti-Latino, anti-immigrant agenda of Donald Trump and Pat Toomey and the importance of everyone getting out to vote.

Actress Lauren Velez, PFAW's Lizet Ocampo in Philadelphia, PA

Lauren Velez took a quick break from knocking doors for a Facebook Live interview with Latina Magazine about why she joined PFAW in Pennsylvania to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton and senate candidate Katie McGinty:

On Sunday night through Election Day, Lizet Ocampo joined PFAW’s team in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to knocking on doors, our team joined a midnight canvass on Monday night, in which volunteers left flyers with essential election information at voters’ door. On Tuesday, Lizet joined Democracy Now! to analyze election results as they came in. While Hillary Clinton did not win the state, Phoenix’s virulently anti-immigrant sheriff Joe Arpiao was defeated, thanks to Latino voters rejecting his hateful rhetoric and unconstitutional actions.

In addition to these on-the-ground efforts as part of our Latinos Vote! program, PFAW had Spanish-language anti-Trump, anti-Republican TV, radio, and digital ads running in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and North Carolina.


PFAW Statement on Selection of Donald McGahn as White House Counsel

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Donald McGahn as White House counsel on Friday, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker released the following statement:

“McGahn is a long-time foe of efforts to curb big money in politics. He used his FEC position to actively undermine campaign finance rules and allow wealthy interests to dominate our political system. The prospect of McGahn helping to select Supreme Court nominees signals real danger for the ability of our lawmakers to set any reasonable limits on big money in elections. 

“If Trump wants to drain the swamp, McGahn is just about the last person he should be tapping to serve as White House counsel.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


PFAW Statement on Trump’s Selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

In response to reports that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Betsy DeVos as his nominee to become secretary of education, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker released the following statement:

“Betsy DeVos has a long record attacking public education. If confirmed, DeVos would use her position in government to expand and intensify her efforts to undermine public schools. This nomination is bad for our schools, bad for our students and bad for our country.

“We’ve seen time and again that schemes to privatize our public education system aren’t about improving educational outcomes: they’re about pushing right-wing ideology and feeding corporate profits. We have to stand up for our public schools and oppose those who seek to undermine them.”

Earlier this year, People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch wrote about the DeVos family’s extensive funding of anti-public education work.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


Donald Trump’s Religious Bigotry Isn’t New, But It’s Still Dangerous

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

A disloyal religionA religion that mandates violenceA religion incompatible with freedomA religion intent on overthrowing the governmentA religion that’s not a religion but a political movement.

Such smears were used for years in American politics to attack Roman Catholics, and Catholic immigrants in particular. In the 19th century, rioters attacked Catholic churches and homes, and an entire political party was created based on the fear of a Catholic plot to undermine America. The Ku Klux Klan reorganized in the early 20th century in part by using anti-Catholicism to recruit members

While John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Houston speech on the separation of church and state and his subsequent election were seen as turning points, religious bigotry never went away in American politics; the targets simply shifted, as the very same attacks once hurled against Catholics are now being used to demonize and marginalize Muslims. 

This year, Donald Trump showed once again that religious bigotry remains an effective and destructive way for politicians to foment hate and win political power.

Muslims were among Trump’s top targets of scorn and ridicule in his successful presidential bid. He falsely claimed that Muslims took to the streets by the thousands to celebrate 9/11; declared that “Islam hates us”; repeated a debunked story about Muslims refusing to report the terrorists behind the San Bernardino attack; proposed banning all Muslims from entering the U.S.; considered a Muslim registry and databasebaselessly alleged that around one out of three Muslims were ready to go to war against the U.S.; and praised a general who he said massacred his Muslim detainees with bullets washed in pigs’ blood. 

Trump’s attacks against America’s Muslim community capitalized on existing anti-Muslim bigotry that has been diligently spread by a network of far-right groups. But he brought those bigoted ideas to a far wider audience, feeding anti-Muslim conspiracy theories directly into the national media. Unsurprisingly, his election has led to a spike in attacks against Muslim-Americans.

On the campaign trail, Trump surrounded himself with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists like Michael Flynn, who is now set to be his national security adviser, and Steve Bannon, whom he has named his top White House strategist.

Flynn, a board member of the anti-Islam group ACT for America, has described Islam as “a cancer” and “a political ideology” that “hides behind this notion of it being a religion.” If Islam isn’t a religion, activists like Flynn believe, then Muslims shouldn’t receive First Amendment protections.

On his Twitter page in August, Flynn posted a video that said “ISIS is practicing Islam to the letter.” He has tweeted that Muslim leaders must “declare their Islamic ideology sick.” “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL,” he said in one tweet promoting a video that said Islam “wants 80% of humanity Enslaved or EXTERMINATED.” 

Before joining Trump’s team, Bannon ran the ultraconservative website Breitbart, which he boasted was the “platform for the Alt-Right,” a racist and xenophobic movement. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart was dominated by stories about the purported dangers of Muslims, and promoted the Alt-Right narrative that the West is engaged in a civilizational war with the Islamic world.

This rhetoric, incidentally, plays into the very message that terrorist groups like ISIS are attempting to promote: that their version of Islam is the only true one and that they are engaged in a civilizational battle against the West. Mara Revkin and Ahmad Mhidi noted in Foreign Affairs over the summer that Trump’s rhetoric had the potential to be a valuable recruiting tool for these groups. Both ISIS and Al Qaeda celebrated Trump’s win by claiming that it validated their claim that the U.S. hates Muslims.

Even before his inauguration, Trump’s religious bigotry is wreaking real damage on America, undermining national security and giving the green light to a wave of assaults against Muslim-Americans.

Perhaps Trump can learn from Abraham Lincoln, a man he claims to admire, who called out as hypocrites politicians who claimed to believe in liberty while seeking to exclude Catholics and immigrants from fully taking part in American society.

Judging by his pick of advisers, however, it seems unlikely that President Trump will be that much different than the man we saw on the campaign trail, a man willing to sow divisions and ratchet up bigotry no matter the cost.


First Win in a Trump Era: Georgia Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Following the shocking election results, hate, bigotry, and xenophobia are now on the rise again, and American Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslims, have become some of the first targets. President-elect Trump appears to be seriously considering a registry targeting Muslims in the United States and staffing his administration with anti-Muslim leaders. Last week, Republican state Representative Jason Spencer from Woodbine, GA, proposed legislation that would ban Muslim women from wearing the hijab or niqab (burqa) in public.

Fortunately, progressive leaders and policy makers did not sit idle; they decided to take action against attacks that degrade our American values. Georgia leaders took a stand against hate, including a minister in PFAW’s African American Ministers In Action network, the Reverend Dr. Merchuria Chase-Williams, who drafted a letter speaking out against the proposed bill and a member of YEO Action in the Georgia House, Rep. Keisha Waites, who released a statement against anti-Muslim bigotry.

On Thursday, only one day after Representative Spencer introduced the anti-hijab legislation, the bill was dropped. This victory is crucial because it shows that progressive lawmakers, community leaders, and the American people can stop the normalization of hate and bigotry. This could be considered the first real win in the Trump era, and it is a reminder to progressives from around the country that we must join forces against racism, divisiveness, and policies that undermine the core values of the United States: liberty, freedom of religion, and equal justice under the law.

PFAW has already been active in the fight to combat Islamophobia and will continue to do this work. For the past three months, in a coordinated effort between PFAW’s Young Elected Officials Network Action (YEO Action) and Local Progress, more than 500 elected officials from around the country have signed onto an open letter pledging to fight against hate and anti-Muslim bigotry. As part of this effort, nearly 40 school board and city council resolutions have been passed nationwide to denounce hate and protect American Muslims—an effort that U.S. Representative Keith Ellison has called “essential work” that “will strengthen our country and help protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans and immigrants to practice their faith and live dignified lives in our great country.”


We Can’t Win a Fight We’re Not In

This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

In this wrenching week, I have been thinking about something my former boss Paul Wellstone liked to say: “You’ve got to start a fight to win a fight.”

An animated professor-turned-senator from Minnesota, Paul’s willingness to be confrontational, and his refusal to back down from a fight he believed in, was central to his political and organizing strategy. It’s a lesson that the progressive movement and everyone who holds dear the values of equal justice, democracy, and basic compassion can take to heart this week: we can’t win a fight we’re not in.In 2002, he took a risky stand when he announced his opposition to the Iraq Warduring a tight reelection campaign. I remember that day in our senate office. After his floor speech, our phones started ringing off the hook. He knew that his position might put his job at risk, but the majority of the calls turned out to be calls of support. “I don’t agree with you,” they said, “but I appreciate that you took a principled stand.”

In this election our country took a devastating blow, especially so for women and racial and religious minorities. Many of our fights going forward—from the Supreme Court to abortion rights to immigrant rights—will be uphill battles, to say the least. But principled stands in support of our values, in support of fundamental rights, in support of a country where everyone is safe from violence and hate: these are more important stances than ever. If we don’t show up, the fight has been lost before it started.

To be clear, this fight is unlike any I’ve seen in my lifetime. Our next president has made it known that he does not respect our democratic norms. He has incited violence against protesters, threatened to open up libel laws in order to go after journalists, proposed a ban on all Muslims, casually declared that he might not accept the results of our election. He made a man who promotes white nationalism and anti-Semitism his chief strategist in the White House. This is not business as usual: it is a crisis for our democracy and for our values.

But it also means that the work to protect those values took on a profound new importance overnight. We can’t win a fight we’re not in.

Paul put himself in the middle of a number of fights that seemed impossible, and which sometimes turned out to be doomed efforts. In the mid-1990s, as public assistance programs were being gutted and every other Senate Democrat running for reelection got on board with the cuts, Paul was resolute in his opposition. He told a journalist, “You could stick a gun to my head, and I’m not going to vote for a bill that will hurt children.” Despite the fact that most of his constituents favored the cuts, his numbers shot up in the polls.


People For the American Way Statement on Nomination of Jefferson Sessions as US Attorney General

In response to media reports today that President-elect Donald Trump would nominate Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“The last time Senator Sessions sought Senate confirmation was 1986 when he was nominated to be a federal judge. Despite the fact that Republicans controlled the chamber at the time, he was rejected because of a long history of racially insensitive remarks and a disastrous record on civil rights.

“In the last 30 years, Sessions has done nothing that demonstrates that the Senate’s judgement was incorrect or that he’s learned from his mistakes. Instead, he’s spent years making a name for himself as one of the Senate’s most extreme anti-immigrant voices, even attacking the Constitution’s guarantee of birthright citizenship. As a senator he’s voted in favor of torture programs under the Bush administration and opposed hate crime protections for LGBT people.

“If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump might govern with more responsibility or moderation than he campaigned, this nomination is a wakeup call. The Senate should reject this nomination.”

Last week, Donald Trump was elected president despite receiving more than one million fewer votes than his opponent, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


PFAW Statement on Possible Attempts to Create Registry Of Muslims

In response to statements indicating that president-elect Donald Trump is considering a registry targeting Muslims in the United States, as well as statements from a key Trump supporter citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for such an action, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“The internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War is an ugly stain on our nation’s history. Republicans at every level should rush to condemn any hint that we’d repeat that mistake by targeting Muslims or any other minority group.

“To be clear: Donald Trump’s campaign promise to create a registry of Muslims is unconstitutional and un-American. Any elected official or public leader who purports to care about religious liberty has an obligation to speak out against this repugnant attack on the First Amendment. Politicians who brush these threats aside are complicit in the worst kind of bigotry.”

Last week, Donald Trump was elected president despite receiving more than one million fewer votes than his opponent, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


New Hampshire Elects Money In Politics Reform Champions

This year’s elections made one thing clear in New Hampshire: Granite State voters turned out to support champions intent on getting big money out of politics. Up and down the ballot, they voted for candidates firmly behind a robust agenda for reforms aimed at creating a democracy truly of the people.

Hillary Clinton and her platform for comprehensive money in politics reform won the day in New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters also chose to replace U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte with Maggie Hassan, who supports a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United. Ayotte has failed to support such an amendment, despite being repeatedly asked by her constituents. 

Granite Staters voted to replace campaign finance scandal-ridden Frank Guinta with longtime champion Carol Shea-Porter in Congressional District 1.

Voters also made money in politics a down-ballot issue. Pending a recount, incumbent Hillsboro District 28 state representatives Eric Eastman and Elizabeth Ferreira will likely be replaced by former state representatives Jan Schmidt and Sylvia Gale. Eastman and Ferreira voted multiple times against SB 136, a bill that nearly made New Hampshire the 17th state to go on record in support of overturning cases like Citizens United—while Schmidt and Gale voted to pass a nearly identical bill as previously elected state representatives in 2014.

“Up and down the ballot, Granite Staters voted for people who are committed to fighting big money in politics. We elected representatives who will fight for democratic reforms for all,” said Linds Jakows, NH Campaign Organizer at People For the American Way. “In the wake of electing a president who hired the head of Citizens United to help run his campaign, local, state, and national efforts to fight the corrosive influence of money in politics is more important than ever.”

Some highlights of People For the American Way’s work in New Hampshire fighting big money in politics this election cycle:

  • Led New Hampshire voters in building support for SB 136, a proposal in favor of a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United, through petition deliveries, meetings with representatives, op-eds and letters to the editor, and more. In January 2016, SB 136 initially passed—briefly making New Hampshire the 17th state to officially call for an amendment—until New Hampshire State House leadership succeeded in getting 14 Republicans to change their votes and kill the bill. Representatives Eastman and Ferreira, who voted multiple times against the bill, appear to have been defeated this election, pending recount.
  • Knocked on almost 4,000 doors to urge voters to support Maggie Hassan over Kelly Ayotte because of their stances on money in politics reforms and filling Supreme Court vacancies. To see the literature we distributed to voters, email media@pfaw.org.
  • Knocked on almost 1,000 doors in Hillsboro 28 to urge voters to vote on money in politics when casting a ballot for state representatives. To see the literature we distributed to voters, email media@pfaw.org.
  • Held “Ayotte Won’t Get Money Out” light brigade in July 2015 after she refused to support the Democracy For All amendment
  • Organized Granite State activists to submit questions on money in politics reform to U.S. Senate debates and candidate interviews

To interview Linds Jakows and learn more about our money in politics work, please email media@pfaw.org.


Ask Your Representative to Condemn Hate: Sample Script on Steve Bannon

This week president-elect Donald Trump decided to name Steve Bannon to a top White House position. Bannon is the former head of far-right outlet Breitbart News, which openly promoted white nationalism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism under Bannon’s leadership.

Neo-Nazis and white nationalists immediately celebrated the decision to elevate Bannon, and it is critical and urgent that people of conscience call our elected officials in Congress and urge them to speak out against hate by condemning Bannon’s new position.

Maybe you’ve never called your member of Congress before. That’s okay: now is a great time to start.

Here’s how it works. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell them your senator's or representative’s name, and they will connect you to their office. (Don’t know who represents you? Look it up here.)

When someone from the office answers, tell them that it is unconscionable for a man who has promoted white nationalism and other hateful ideologies to be serving as a top White House official.

If you’re unsure of what to say, here is a sample script:

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _______/ Senator _________. I’m calling because I’m concerned about Donald Trump naming Steve Bannon as his chief White House strategist. Bannon ran a website openly promoting white nationalism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and more. White supremacists and the American Nazi Party are publicly celebrating his appointment.

I’m calling to see if Rep. _________ / Senator ___________ plans to publicly condemn Trump’s choice to name Bannon to a top White House position?

[If there are any questions, reiterate your concerns.] Yes, please express to Rep. ______/ Sen. ________ that Bannon doesn’t represent our values, and that I am asking him/her to take a principled, public stand against this kind of hate.

Thanks for your time.

After you call, you can share this graphic online to urge your friends to do the same:


People For the American Way Calls on Congressional Republicans to Denounce Trump’s Choice of Steve Bannon

President Elect Donald Trump, who received fewer votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton, named Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. In response, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“By choosing Steve Bannon as chief strategist, Trump has made clear that he intends to carry the racism and anti-Semitism of his campaign straight into the White House. The website Bannon ran is a home for the White Nationalist Right that elevates racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic tirades and conspiracy theories.

“Congressional Republicans need to stand up and call out Trump for choosing Bannon as a senior adviser and ‘equal partner’ to Trump’s Chief of Staff. This isn’t about partisan politics; no one with Bannon’s record should be anywhere near the White House.”

For more information about Steve Bannon or Brietbart, or to request an interview on PFAW’s call for Republicans to denounce Trump’s choice of Bannon, please email media@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


People For the American Way Statement on the Election Results

Following Donald Trump’s last night, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“We’re profoundly troubled that a man who has stood so vehemently against fundamental American principles will become the next President of the United States. This is not business as usual. Trump spent his campaign attacking immigrants, people of color, Muslims, women, and so many others. He’s challenged First Amendment freedoms and shown a deep disregard for our Constitution.

“Over the course of Trump’s presidency, People For the American Way will work harder than ever to defend the rights of every American. We will continue to combat extremism no matter who or where it comes from, and we will fight hard to protect the American Way.”


People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote!, Priorities USA Announces Spanish-Language Radio Ad in Arizona Targeting Donald Trump & Republicans

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) in partnership with Priorities USA announced a new Spanish-language radio ad in Arizona that calls on listeners to reject the anti-immigrant agenda of Donald Trump, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Republicans by voting against them. The high-saturation ad buy includes Spanish language radio in the Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma media markets, as well as digital Spanish stations on Pandora radio.

“Trump and the Republicans have abandoned fundamental American values and turned their backs on our history as a nation of immigrants. They’ve denigrated immigrants, Latinos, Muslims and countless others,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “But with record voter turnout, Trump and the Republicans will lose because of their bigotry, including in typically red states like Arizona. This year, Arizona Latinos in particular have the ability to reject hate and determine who wins and who loses in the state.”

“Donald Trump gave one of his most sickening anti-immigrant speeches of his campaign in Arizona, but luckily Arizonans can make their voices heard against hate and defeat him and the Republicans through their voting power,” said People For the American Way’s Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “Trump, John McCain, Joe Arpaio, Jan Brewer, and the Arizona Republican Party don’t respect Latino communities. They push anti-immigrant policies and reject the priorities of most Latinos. That’s why it’s so important that Latino voters show up in record numbers this year to defeat the anti-immigrant Republicans on the ballot.”

PFAW efforts in Arizona this election cycle:

Listen to the radio ad: 


Announcer: Desde el principio, Donald Trump nos ha faltado el respeto en nuestro propio estado de Arizona - detallando su plan
masivo de deportación.
Trump: You’re going to have a deportation force.
Announcer: TRUMP nos pinta como criminales, pero ni siquiera tiene las cualificaciones para ser presidente. Hemos encarado muchas agresiones en contra de nuestra comunidad, pero VOTANDO vamos a unirnos y derrotar ese odio que nos demuestran Trump, Joe Arpaio y los Republicanos! La ex gobernadora republicana Jan Brewer le dijo a Trump que no se preocupara porque los latinos no votan. Este martes, 8 de noviembre, se escuchará el poder de nuestras voces y nuestros votos!
Announcer: Ahora es nuestro tiempo. Es nuestro momento. Votemos por Hillary Clinton!


Announcer: From the start, Donald Trump has disrespected us in our very own state of Arizona - detailing his mass deportation plan.
Trump: You’re going to have a deportation force.
Announcer: Trump paints us as criminals but doesn’t even have the qualifications to be president. We have been through a lot of attacks against
our community, but, by VOTING and coming together, we can defeat the hate we've seen from Trump, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the Republicans.
Former Republican Governor Jan Brewer told Trump not to worry because Latinos don't vote. By Tuesday November 8th the power of our voices and our votes shall be heard.
Announcer: Now, it’s our time. It’s our moment! Let’s vote for Hillary Clinton!

PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo will be in Phoenix on Monday, November 7th and Election Day Tuesday, November 8th. To schedule an interview with her, please email media@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy. PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program works to expose and counter anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies from Republican and far-right candidates, leaders, and elected officials.


Isabel Allende, Rita Moreno, Judy Reyes, Dolores Huerta Join People For the American Way for Bilingual Get Out the Vote Robocall Campaign Targeting Newly Registered Voters

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) announced that tonight, newly registered voters in critical battleground states will receive bilingual robocalls urging them to vote from acclaimed author Isabel Allende, actress Rita Moreno, actress Judy Reyes, or civil rights leader Dolores Huerta. Latino voters who have registered as a Democrat or Independent since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign will receive the call tonight. The calls into Pennsylvania are from Isabel Allende; calls into Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia and Colorado are from Dolores Huerta; calls into Nevada, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio are from Rita Moreno; and calls into Virginia are from  Judy Reyes.

“Latinos are on track this year to shatter voting records and cast the deciding ballots in the races for the White House and the Senate,” said PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “These new robocalls remind listeners that we’re counting on everyone to get to the polls on or before November 8th to reject the hate of Donald Trump and the Republicans.”

“Donald Trump is fundamentally at odds with American and immigrant values,” said civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta. “Through our votes, we can reject him and the Republicans pushing his anti-immigrant, damaging agenda. Almost all of the Republicans seeking our votes for the Senate and House of Representatives stood by—and continue to stand by—Trump after his attacks on immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, and other Americans. But with Latino voters set to determine who wins the White House and who controls the Senate, our community has the powerful ability to reject Trump and the Republicans and instead cast our votes for those who stand against hate and with our communities.”

“Donald Trump is a racist who seeks to undermine American ideals and push dangerous policies. Latino voters must stop him and Republicans including Pat Toomey,” said Isabel Allende, whose calls will go to Pennsylvania voters tonight. “Trump and the Republicans stand against the policies and values that our communities stand for. From opposing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, to blocking increases to the minimum wage, to obstructing legislation to advance equal pay for equal work, the Republicans are united in their anti-Latino, anti-women, anti-worker agenda.”

The robocalls ask voters to go to the polls on or before November 8th, depending on if states have early vote or not. Script of the Pennsylvania call from Isabel Allende:

Hello, this is Isabel Allende. I’m calling on behalf of People For the American Way to remind you to vote on November 8th. Have you made a plan to vote yet? We need to make sure to vote against Trump and his hate. Your vote matters and your community is counting on you.

Esta llamada es para recordarle que vaya a votar por Hillary y contra Trump el 8 de noviembre. Su voto contra Trump es importante para nuestra comunidad y para detener a Trump.

For questions or to request an interview on this campaign, please email media@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy. PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program works to expose and counter anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies from Republican and far-right candidates, leaders, and elected officials.


Renowned Artists, Gemini G.E.L, People For the American Way Partner to Get Out the Vote

People For the American Way (PFAW) was given a generous gift by Gemini G.E.L., who coordinated Artists for Obama in 2008 and 2012, to fund PFAW’s 2016 Get Out The Vote efforts. The gift includes selected signed editions from world renowned artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra. PFAW Foundation board member Carrie Mae Weems and Chuck Close have also donated limited edition works along with pieces by William Wegman and Cindy Sherman.

“We’re thrilled that Gemini G.E.L. and legendary artists have donated these iconic works of art to further PFAW’s efforts this election to get out the vote to Defeat Donald Trump and the Republicans supporting his dangerous agenda that’s directly at odds with fundamental American values,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “Our efforts—ranging from TV, radio, and digital ads to elevating celebrity voices to on-the-ground work holding Republicans accountable—will ensure record voter turnout against Trump and the Republicans’ hate. We’re proud to continue our long history of collaborating with artists of all kinds to help shape our democracy.”

You can view all the works here: www.pfaw.org/ElectionArtSale2016. The pieces will be sold online and at a PFAW fundraiser the evening of Tuesday, November 1st in New York and Thursday, November 3 at Gemini GEL in Los Angeles. 100% of the sales will benefit PFAW's get-out-the-vote efforts with Latino, youth, African American, and women voters in the 2016 election.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


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