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PFAW's Marge Baker Discusses the Impact of Citizens United

PFAW's Marge Baker discusses the impact of and reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010.

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Editorial Memorandum: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union

To: Interested Parties
From: Marge Baker, People For the American Way
Re: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union
Date: January 25, 2011

While it’s not clear exactly which Supreme Court Justices will attend President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, it is clear that at least some of the Court’s conservative members agree with the President on one pressing issue: the need to hasten the confirmation of judges to the federal bench.

Americans Unite Against Corporate Influence in Elections on Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision

Today, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, activists around the country will gather to protest the decision that lifted restrictions on corporate influence in elections and to call for a constitutional amendment to reverse it.

Events to Mark One Year Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

A number of national and local groups will produce a series of events this week to mark the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which overturned limits on corporate influence in elections.  In addition to a wide range of local events planned across the nation, a series of events will take place in Washington, DC to show the broad based support for action—including amending the Constitution—to restore democratic power to citizens, not corporations.

Events include:

African American Clergy Condemn Vote to Repeal Health Care Reform

Today, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the comprehensive health care reform bill passed in the last Congress. Members of People For the American Way’s African American Ministers in Action, a nationwide multi-denominational group of progressive African American clergy, voiced the following reactions to the vote:  

Citizens United Anniversary Events in Your Area

Find an event in your area where you can join other local activists in standing up against the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United.

One Year After the Citizens United v. FEC Decision

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned precedent and defied the principle of judicial restraint in an opinion that has become a lightning rod in Washington, D.C. and beyond. This Friday will be the one-year anniversary of that decision.

Health Care Reform Repeal: Bought and Paid for by Citizens United

Alarming new research by PFAW shows that empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, corporate-backed groups intent on the repeal of the health care reform law spent an enormous amount of money to help defeat vulnerable supporters of reform and elect candidates who vowed to repeal it.

President Obama Sends Judicial Nominations Back to the Senate

President Obama today renominated 42 judicial nominees whose confirmations were blocked by Senate Republicans last year.

House Reads the Constitution, Should Defend Its Values

Members of the House of Representatives plan to read most of the U.S. Constitution aloud on the House floor today.

Members of the House of Representatives plan to read most of the U.S. Constitution aloud on the House floor today.

Changing How We Treat Judicial Nominees

In the last session of Congress, the Senate’s treatment of President Obama’s judicial nominees was deeply disappointing. When the 111th Congress drew to a close, no fewer than 19 nominees were left waiting for votes

Reading Between the Lines: The Tea Party’s Real Constitutional Philosophy

Despite all the hype, the Tea Party is not a “populist,” “libertarian,” or “constitutionalist” movement, argues a new report by Jamie Raskin of People For the American Way.

GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color

To: Interested Parties
From: Marge Baker, People For the American Way
Re: GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color
Date: December 22, 2010

Republicans Stymie Progress on Judicial Nominations

According to media reports, Senate Republicans have agreed to confirm a total of 19 of the 38 judicial nominations pending on the Senate’s calendar at the beginning of the lame duck session in exchange for a commitment that Senate Democrats refrain from holding votes on four others.

YP4 Action Statement on Failure of the DREAM Act

In a 55 to 41 vote today, the Senate rejected an attempt to move forward on consideration of the DREAM Act, which would lay out a path to citizenship for young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children, and who graduate from high school with the commitment to attend college or join the military.

Rebecca Thompson, Director of YP4 Action, said:

African American Ministers in Action Reacts to Sinking of DREAM Act

In a 55 to 41 vote today, the Senate rejected an attempt to move forward on consideration of the DREAM Act, which would lay out a path to citizenship for young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children, and who graduate from high school with the commitment to attend college or join the military.

African American Ministers in Action Responds to Senate’s Vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

The Senate today ended the filibuster of a bill that creates a path toward repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Leslie Watson Malachi, Director of African American Ministers in Action, said:

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell denies thousands of men and women in uniform the dignity of serving their country openly and honestly, and the comfort of acknowledging their loved ones. These brave and patriotic Americans deserve better.

DREAM Act Falls Short in Senate

n a 55 to 41 vote today, the Senate rejected an attempt to move forward on consideration of the DREAM Act, which would lay out a path to citizenship for young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children, and who graduate from high school with the commitment to attend college or join the military.

Senate Takes Critical Step Toward Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The Senate today ended the filibuster of a bill that creates a path toward repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
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