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Ferguson and the America We Need to Build

This post was originally published at the Huffington Post.

An unarmed teenager gunned down in the street. Peaceful protesters attacked in a military-style assault. Journalists tear-gassed and arrested to prevent them from covering the actions of government officials. This is not the America to which we aspire.

Many Americans are both angry and appalled at the actions taken by law enforcement officials in Ferguson, Missouri, this week. These actions do not reflect a commitment to the Constitution or to the principles of equal justice under the law and freedom of the press. We applaud the Department of Justice for undertaking an investigation into the violence, and we are grateful that state officials have stepped in to institute a more sensible law enforcement presence. We encourage state and federal officials to continue monitoring the situation and to intervene as necessary to prevent further civil rights violations.

At the center of this controversy is a dead teenager and a grieving family. We recognize that the pain and outrage felt by so many people is grounded in the fact that this kind of killing of young men of color happens far too often. Part of the tragedy is that a killing like this is not surprising. If our commitment to equality and human dignity is to have real meaning, we cannot continue to tolerate conditions that require so many parents to teach their children how to live through a chance encounter with law enforcement.

In the long run, our elected officials must grapple with many complex policy questions, including racial disparities in the administration of justice. Today we support community leaders who are demanding accountability.

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Young Progressive Leaders Win Primary Races in Michigan, Show Payoff of Investing in Youth

A successful movement begins with a plan for change. People For the American Way’s plan is simple: identify people with an interest and a passion for service who represent the diversity of their communities, equip them with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for success, and offer long-term support and access to a network of like-minded leaders.

This summer’s primary elections prove this plan is not just theoretical. It stands up to the test. Its success can be seen last week in the state of Michigan — a prime battleground for state and national issues ranging from marriage equality to workers’ rights to women’s rights — where a group of young, progressive leaders won their primary elections.

One candidate for a Michigan House of Representatives seat is Jon Hoadley. He’s an openly-gay man, 30 years old, who is running for office for the first time. He’s also an alumnus of affiliate PFAW Foundation’s Youth Leadership Programs – Young People For and the Front Line Leaders Academy. Last week Hoadley won his primary race for the District 60 seat in the Michigan State House of Representatives and, if he wins the general election in November, will become a member of the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network.

And Hoadley is in good company. Last month PFAW Action Fund endorsed a slate of young progressive candidates through the Young Elected Progressives endorsement program. Together they represent a progressive direction for the state. PFAW is proud to support these leaders as they move towards the general election in November or toward future efforts to advance progressive values in Michigan.
If the 2014 primary elections and the slate of candidates, including Hoadley, running for office this year are an indication of the payoff of PFAW’s investment in young leaders, then we are off to a great start. It shows that what we have works. We’ve made real change. But it also proves the necessity of continued investment in progressive infrastructure to make a difference on these critical issues, now and in the long term.

We’re at a time when the influence of money in politics goes unchecked, access to the ballot box is challenged, and the far Right is becoming increasingly extreme, intolerant, and out of touch. The individuals endorsed in PFAW’s Young Elected Progressives campaign are standing up to defend and lead with the values of freedom, fairness, and equality for all.


PFAW Takes Fight Against Broken Political System To Kentucky’s Fancy Farm Picnic

Don’t let the name fool you—the event is neither fancy nor a picnic in the park for politicos. “Fancy Farm” is actually the worlds largest BBQ and Kentucky’s biggest political event of the summer. For nearly 100 years, politicians from across the state have been making the pilgrimage to kickoff their campaigns, giving their best stump speeches and trading insults with opposing candidates.

In case you missed it, catch all the fun here.

This year, Kentucky’s got one of the most important Senate races in the country. Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is trying to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell, the current minority leader, who has been the self-proclaimed “proud guardian of gridlock” for nearly 30 years. Some have estimated that it will cost over $100 million before all is said and done, making it the most expensive Senate race in American history.

That’s not how democracy is supposed to work—our elections shouldn’t go to the highest bidder. That’s why in-state PFAW members drove five hours to help ditch Mitch. Volunteers passed out progressive gear, collected petition signatures, and brought their energy and enthusiasm to the political speeches (check out the pictures below).

PFAW’s petition to get big money out of politics received wide support at the picnic. Even proud supporters of McConnell signed the petition, agreeing that we need to get big money out of politics.

Polls continue to show Grimes and McConnell neck and neck. As November draws closer, conservatives like the Koch brothers will dump millions of outside dollars into this election to save McConnell’s seat and attempt to take over the Senate. But with grassroots support and on-the-ground activism, we’re not going to let them.

Fancy Farm proved that the energy to change our political system is real and will continue to grow. PFAW’s growing in-state membership base will continue to lead the charge.


PFAW Challenges Perdue’s Record in New Spanish-Language Radio Ad

Following David Perdue’s win last week in the Georgia GOP Senate runoff, People For the American Way released a Spanish-language radio ad today challenging Perdue’s history on jobs, workers’ rights, and immigration. The ad exposes Perdue’s record of exploiting workers in the private sector and his careless attitude about immigration reform, addressing issues important to voters.

This is the latest effort of PFAW’s award-winning Latino vote program working to mobilize Latino voters in key states, a constituency that can have a significant impact on elections, by highlighting the extreme views of GOP candidates.

Latinos currently make up more than 9 percent of Georgia’s population—enough to play a critical role in choosing the state’s next senator and governor.

The ad is running in Atlanta starting today until August 6. You can hear the Spanish version of the ad here.


PFAW’s Latino Vote Program: Spanish-Language Radio Ad Challenges Perdue in Georgia

People For the American Way today launched its second Spanish-language radio ad of the cycle, challenging Georgia Senate candidate David Perdue and his extreme stances on jobs, workers’ rights, and immigration. The ad will air starting today in Atlanta. (An English translation of the ad is available below. You can hear an English version of the ad here.)

“David Perdue has an extreme agenda and he’s way out of step with Georgia’s Latino voters,” said Randy Borntrager of People For the American Way. “As a private citizen, he demanded profits at the expense of American workers. Now, as a Senate candidate, he wants to maintain low wages, outsource jobs, hand out tax breaks to corporations, and continue to ignore our broken immigration system. These are the real issues at stake in this election. This is why Latino voters deserve to know about Perdue’s twisted priorities when going into the voting booth this fall.”

This ad is the latest in PFAW’s campaign to highlight the extreme views of GOP candidates to Latino voters in key states. Georgia’s Latino population has grown rapidly in recent years, increasing by more than 110% since 2000. Latinos now represent more than 9% of the state’s population.

“Latino voters hold a tremendous amount of power in this election,” said Borntrager. “We’re making sure that this critical community understands what’s at stake in 2014 and that the Latino voice is heard loud and clear on Election Day.”

This is the second ad of the election in PFAW’s multi-state Spanish language campaign. Early this cycle, PFAW launched an ad challenging North Carolina senate candidate Thom Tillis on his own extreme views.

The script of the ad reads:

RODRIGO: Mientras más conozco del republicano David Perdue más miedo me da y más me doy cuenta que debemos unirnos en nuestro voto contra él este noviembre.
Desde que estaba en el sector privado, el republicano Perdue ha explotado a los trabajadores.
¡Y ahora como candidato al senado quiere seguir con lo mismo: quiere dejar que las empresas manden trabajos al extranjero, donde pagan sueldos tan bajos que son ridículos!
¡Aquí, se opone al aumento del salario mínimo pero está de acuerdo en subirle los impuestos a los trabajadores!
¿Y saben qué dice de la reforma migratoria? Que es una pérdida de tiempo.
¡El republicano David Perdue no lucha por los trabajadores y no luchará por nosotros!
¡Por eso tenemos que unirnos y defender nuestros trabajos, nuestra comunidad, y votar en contra de David Perdue y los republicanos!

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In English:

RODRIGO: The more I learn about Republican David Perdue the more scared I am and the more I realize that we need to be united on our vote against him this coming November.
Since working in the private sector, David Perdue has been exploiting workers.
And now as a candidate to the Senate, he wants to do the same: He wants to allow companies to send jobs abroad, where they pay salaries so low, they are ridiculous!
Here, he opposes an increase to the minimum wage but he agrees to raise taxes for workers!
And do you know what he says about immigration reform? That it's a waste of time.
The Republican David Perdue does not fight for workers and won’t fight for us!
That's why we have to unite and defend our jobs, our community, and vote against David Perdue and the Republicans!

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PFAW, a national group protecting civil rights and civil liberties, has worked in multiple local, state, and federal campaigns to engage Latino voters.


PFAW Applauds Confirmation of Pamela Harris

The Senate voted today to approve the nomination of Pamela Harris to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 50 to 43.

Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way issued the following statement:

“Pamela Harris is exactly the kind of judge we need in our courts. She is a brilliant litigator and public servant committed to improving the quality of justice for all. There’s no question she’ll make an excellent federal judge.

“We applaud the Senate for moving forward in confirming  quality nominees to the federal bench. For years, Republicans have blocked, delayed, and obstructed the confirmation of judges, doing everything in their power to slow down the process. We applaud Senator Reid and Senator Leahy for pushing through the obstruction so the Senate can hold timely confirmation votes rather than let our nation’s courtrooms sit empty.

“Americans depend on federal judges to apply the Constitution’s guarantees of fairness and equality for all people. It’s critical that the Senate continue to confirm President Obama’s qualified, fair-minded nominees without delay.”


Judicial Vacancies Wreaking Havoc In U.S. Courts

Judicial vacancies slow down courts’ work, drive up litigation costs, cause evidence to go stale, make it harder to settle civil cases, and even pressure defendants into pleading guilty, according to a report released this week by the Brennan Center. The report cites example after example of how not having enough judges erodes our nation’s system of justice. Everyone counts on having their day in court, a fundamentally American principle that is threatened by persistent vacancies. The report quotes Chief Judge William Skretny of New York’s Western District:

We don’t neglect the Seventh Amendment, the right to a civil trial. But we tell people, if this is what you want to do, it will take time to get there.

Heavier caseloads and backlog created by vacancies also take a toll on judges, reducing the amount of time they have to spend on each case.

Chief Judge [Leonard] Davis in the Eastern District of Texas described the situation in his district as “simple math.” With more cases “you have less time to give to [an individual] case,” he explained. “It affects the quality of justice that’s being dispensed and the quantity of work you can complete,” he added.

[Judge Davis] also highlighted the impact of the Sherman vacancy on the timing of sentencing. “It’s a hardship for the litigants,” he explained. “Due to the backlog and [the] vacancy [in Sherman], we have a very high population of criminal defendants, about 200, sitting in county jails, having pled guilty and waiting for sentences. They can’t get their cases processed.” He noted that inmates are typically housed in a county jail because there are no federal facilities available, which is more costly for the government and leaves inmates with fewer work and educational opportunities. “That’s not fair to [the inmates] and adds a great deal of unnecessary cost by having to house them for so long in county jail holding facilities,” he said.

As the report makes clear, vacancies have real impacts for all citizens. This is why PFAW supports the speedy confirmation of qualified judicial nominees to federal courts. Filling judicial vacancies with quality judges will reduce backlogs and costs while allowing the judicial system to better serve all Americans. Maintaining the third branch is one of the most important constitutional functions that the Senate performs.


How the Shifting Cuban Vote Can Change History

The Pew Research Center reported last week that the partisan affiliations of Cuban Americans are shifting dramatically as the younger generation coming of age in the United States is affiliating with the Democratic party rather than the GOP.

The shift in the Cuban population — which long leaned Republican — is helping to create a larger shift to the left among Latino voters. Studies of the Cuban population in Florida mark 2004 as the turning point when the number of registered Republicans in Miami-Dade County began declining dramatically. In 2000, 75 percent of Florida Cubans voted for George W. Bush; in 2004, 71 percent voted for Bush; and in 2008, 65 percent voted for McCain. But in 2012, Obama won 49 percent of the Cuban vote in Florida, compared to Romney’s 47 percent, the first time in recent history that a Democratic presidential candidate has outpolled the Republican in that demographic.

This shift provides a powerful example of the increasingly pivotal role of the Latino community in national elections. If Cuban Americans had voted in 2000 in the same patterns as they vote now, the outcome of the 2000 presidential election — which was decided by a handful of votes in Florida (and a bad Supreme Court decision) — could very well have been different, as would our history.

These changes are reflected in the larger Hispanic/Latino community. While the percentage of Latinos may be small, this community is growing fast and increasingly provides the margin to put progressive candidates over the top.

That’s why it makes such a dramatic difference when progressives reach out to the community and hold Republicans accountable for their anti-Latino, anti-immigrant rhetoric. Watch below some of PFAW’s ads that have engaged Latino communities in recent elections.


Unpacking Hobby Lobby & Other SCOTUS Decisions: PFAW Member Telebriefing

Yesterday, People For the American Way members participated in a special telebriefing to discuss the Supreme Court term that wrapped up this Monday and to unpack some of the critical decisions handed down by the Court this year. The call, which was kicked off by PFAW President Michael Keegan and moderated by Director of Communications Drew Courtney, featured Senior Fellows Jamie Raskin and Elliot Mincberg, as well as Executive Vice President Marge Baker.

Discussing Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Raskin explained the case and the damaging implications of the 5-4 decision. Highlighting the “extreme and extravagant” claim made by Hobby Lobby that its religious rights were violated, Raskin described the court’s decision that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act covers “closely held” corporations and noted that this creates a “dangerous expansion of corporate personhood.” Raskin described how this exemplifies the Court in the Citizens United era, where the far right Justices regularly find ways to rule so they can enhance the power of corporations.

Mincberg also provided background on RFRA and explained how the law was distorted and expanded in this decision far beyond what anyone had in mind when it passed by an enormous bipartisan majority 20 years ago.

Members wanted to know what actions can be taken to help address the imbalance in the Court and the troubling decisions made by the Roberts’ Court in the last few years. Baker addressed the issue of rebalancing the Court, emphasizing the importance of presidential elections on the Court’s make-up.

The telebriefing also covered the recent decisions in McCullen v. Coakley, NLRB v. Noel Canning, and Harris v. Quinn, underscoring the Court’s decisive move to the right.

Listen to the full audio of the telebriefing for more information.



"Citizen Koch" Premieres Nationwide (And We Highly Recommend It!)

All around the country, the important film "Citizen Koch" is premiering in cities large and small. Find a screening near you!

The movie tracks the effects of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that lifted a century-long ban on corporate election spending by looking at the standoff in Wisconsin between state employees and GOP Governor Scott Walker. During his election and recall campaigns, Walker was bankrolled by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, demonstrating the torrent of unlimited, anonymous political spending by corporations and billionaires that was unleashed through this Supreme Court decision. As the film follows this story, it also shows the fracturing of the Republican Party and proves how Citizens United fundamentally changed how our democracy works.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funding, and even losing its public television distributor, the movie finally comes to theatres this summer. The process that led to it being pulled from public television airwaves illustrates exactly what “Citizen Koch” depicts—that money buys not only action, but also silence. As Buddy Roemer, whose presidential run is chronicled in the film, stated, “Sometimes it's a check. Sometimes it's the threat of a check. It's like having a weapon. You can shoot the gun or just show it. It works both ways.”

People For the American Way hosted the DC premiere of the documentary film “Citizen Koch” at the Washington’s West End Cinema Friday night to a sell out crowd. Friday’s premiere was followed by a panel discussion with one of the documentary’s Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Tia Lessin, along with PFAW’s director of outreach and partner engagement Diallo Brooks and PFAW president Michael Keegan. After the screening, the audience participated in a question and answer session on the effects of big money in politics and what different organizations and mobilized citizens are doing to reverse the effects of Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon.



PFAW Files Amicus Brief Supporting Fair Trials for Undocumented Immigrants

Last Thursday, People For the American Way, joined by the UC Hastings Appellate Project (HAP) and the ACLU of Southern California, submitted an amicus brief to the California Court of Appeal in Velasquez v. Centrome, Inc. dba Advanced Biotech, a toxic tort case brought by an undocumented immigrant that resulted in a gross denial of justice.

Wilfredo Velasquez filed a lawsuit against a chemical manufacturer seeking damages for medical expenses after contracting a devastating lung disease due to exposure to one of the company’s toxic chemicals while on the job. During the jury selection process, where prospective jurors are questioned to discover potential biases, the trial judge wrongly disclosed Mr. Velasquez’s immigration status to the entire jury pool, despite the fact that it was not relevant to any issues in the case. The disclosure appears to have harmed Mr. Velasquez’s pursuit of justice: Even though the jury ultimately found the chemical manufacturer negligent, it awarded no damages to Mr. Velasquez. He effectively lost his case. The court refused to grant a mistrial for its error in possibly tainting the jury, and Mr. Velasquez appealed the verdict. 

PFAW submitted its amicus brief in support of a new trial for Mr. Velasquez because of the highly prejudicial nature of the court’s wrongful disclosure of his citizenship status, explaining, “Rather than protect against prejudice, the judge’s statement unnecessarily injected prejudice into the [jury] selection process, making it impossible to know whether Mr. Velasquez received his constitutionally guaranteed fair trial by impartial jurors.” Given the ongoing hostility towards undocumented immigrants, as chronicled by PFAW’s Right Wing Watch blog, PFAW’s brief urges the appellate court to find that when a trial court erroneously discloses a litigant’s citizenship status to the jury during voir dire a new trial must be awarded.

Read the full text of the amicus brief for more information


North Carolina GOP Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Marginalizes Minority Communities

In an interview recorded in September 2012, North Carolina Speaker of the House and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis compared the growing population of African Americans and Latinos to a stagnant “traditional population of North Carolina and the United States.”

In an interview highlighted by Talking Points Memo, which first spotted the 2012 interview, a spokesman for Tillis claimed that “traditional North Carolinians refers to North Carolinians who have been here for a few generations.”

If you listen to the full context of Tillis’ remarks, however, it is clear that he was referring to the “traditional population” as a group distinct from the “Latino population” and the “African American population.”

Right Wing Watch points out that “traditional population” and “traditional Americans” are frequently used by anti-immigrant extremists as euphemisms for “white population.” For instance, in The Social Contract, a journal founded by an influential anti-immigrant leader, the term is used in a 2012 essay by Brenda Walker when she says, “Traditional Americans are assailed by affirmative action and benefits for illegal aliens, which are not available to citizens.”

In speaking of the “traditional population,” Tillis stands alongside people like William Gheen, founder of anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, who said that immigration reform would create a situation in which “traditional Americans, like those who that have been here for hundreds of years in descendancy, will no longer govern our own nation.”

It is true that North Carolina’s African American, Latino, and Asian American populations are growing faster than its white population. For instance, the Latino population in North Carolina grew by 111.1 percent from 2000 to 2010, increasing from 4.7 percent of the population to 8.4 percent. Yet Tillis has consistently worked to marginalize Latinos, by cutting spending on education, opposing healthcare reform, and supporting a restrictive voter identification law ironically called “VIVA.” That’s why People for the American Way is working in North Carolina this year to make sure Latino voters know the threat posed by Tillis’ extreme agenda.

Last year PFAW’s Spanish-language advertising helped spur turnout among Latinos in Virginia’s gubernatorial elections, and did the same in many 2012 battleground contests. As we look to the 2014 elections, Tillis’ actions and statements marginalizing the Latino community will represent a real challenge to his standing in an increasingly powerful voting bloc.


PFAW Calls Senate Hearing on VRA Legislation an “Important Step"

WASHINGTON –Chairman Patrick Leahy announced yesterday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on June 25 on the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA), legislation intended to repair damage done by the Supreme Court last year in Shelby County v. Holder. People For the American Way's Executive Vice President Marge Baker released the following statement:

“Chairman Leahy and the Judiciary Committee should be commended for taking an important step toward correcting the damage done by last year’s Shelby decision. The right to vote is the most fundamental right in our democracy, which is why we need a modern, effective Voting Rights Act to protect it. We urge the Senate to move quickly on this, and the House to follow suit. With another national election looming, now is the time to move forward to protect the right to vote for all.”

The day of the Senate hearing will mark one year since the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in its Shelby decision. While a bipartisan group of House members joined Chairman Leahy to introduce the VRAA in January, the House Judiciary Committee has yet to schedule a hearing.


PFAW Report Exposes Deceptive New Religious Right Strategy

WASHINGTON –  Right-wing groups that oppose advances in marriage equality and reproductive justice have increasingly embraced a new tactic to push their agenda: the claim that opposition to them on policy amounts to oppression of their religious beliefs. A new report from People For the American Way exposes how the anti-gay, anti-choice Religious Right uses false and misleading stories to portray itself as a victim of religious persecution and intolerance. 

The report, “The Persecution Complex: The Religious Right’s Deceptive Rallying Cry,” illustrates how Religious Right activists and elected officials have attempted to portray the increasing unpopularity of their stances on a number of cultural issues as evidence of oppression of their religious faith and represent themselves as the only holdouts in a society that is turning its back on moral values.

“Religious Right leaders hold themselves up as the victims,” stated People For the American Way’s President Michael B. Keegan. “This is a powerful talking point, even if not true. We need to expose these distortions for what they really are—an attempt to protect the Right’s ability to discriminate and push its policy preferences on the rest of us.”

The report explores a number of myths that have become widespread on the Religious Right, despite having little or no basis in reality:

  • Two middle school girls are forced into a lesbian kiss as part of an anti-bullying program
  • An Air Force sergeant is fired because he opposes same-sex marriage
  • A high school track team is disqualified from a meet after an athlete thanks God for the team’s victory
  • A Veterans Affairs hospital bans Christmas cards with religious messages
  • A man fixing the lights in a Christmas tree falls victim to a wave of War-on-Christmas violence
  • An elementary school student is punished for praying over his school lunch
  • A little boy is forced to take a psychological evaluation after drawing a picture of Jesus

None of these stories is true.

These unfounded stories feed into a narrative that portrays conservative Christians as the victims of LGBT rights, reproductive justice, religious pluralism and secular government. This narrative, in turn, has fueled the legislative and legal efforts to turn back any progressive advances.   

“Using the resonant rhetoric of religious persecution, bolstered by often-bogus stories of purported anti-Christian activities, the Religious Right has attempted to tip the balance away from pluralism and accommodation to a legal system that allows individuals and businesses to broadly exempt themselves from policies they disagree with,” the report states. “Even when that means trampling on the religious rights of others.”

Read the full report here.


Spanish-Language Radio Ad Challenges Tillis in North Carolina

People For the American Way is launching a Spanish-language radio ad today challenging North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis and his extreme stances on education, healthcare, and tax breaks for the rich. The ad will air starting today in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

“Thom Tillis has pushed an extreme agenda throughout his career,” said Randy Borntrager of People For the American Way. “He’s given tax breaks to the most privileged of our society while raising taxes on middle class families, and wants to roll back critical health care protections for families. Thom Tillis’ dangerous agenda is too extreme and Latino voters deserve to know what is at stake this election.”

The ad is the latest in PFAW’s campaign to connect with Latino voters in key states, exposing the extreme views of GOP candidates. (An English translation of the ad is available below. You can hear an English version of the ad here.)

ROSA: Como mamá, como mujer, como Hispana,
yo no apoyo al republicano Thom Tillis.
Y no lo haré ¡nunca!
Porque jamás apoyaré a una persona que recorta los fondos públicos a la educación y reduce el gasto social en salud.
¡¿Pues quién se cree este señor?!
Es obvio que no entiende, ni valora, la importancia de la educación, y no apoya el futuro de nuestros hijos.
¡Pero eso sí! Apoya los recortes en impuestos para yates y aviones de los ricos. 
Thom Tillis, ¡por favor!
Hay que ordenar sus prioridades.
Además, quiere quitarle el seguro médico a quienes lo tienen.
El seguro médico que yo ¡y SIETE MILLONES de norteamericanos! por fin tenemos, y que nos protege a nosotras y a nuestra familia.
Carolina del Norte es nuestro hogar.
Y el republicano Thom Tillis está en contra de todo lo que es importante para las familias Hispanas. Empezando por un mejor futuro para nuestros hijos.
Y si él está en contra de eso, yo estoy en contra  de él.
¡Así de fácil!
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In English:

ROSA: As a mom, a woman, a Hispanic, I do not support Republican Thom Tillis.
And I never will.
Because I will never support a person that cuts public education funds and reduces social spending on health.
Who does this gentleman think he is?
It's obvious that he does not understand nor value the importance of education and doesn't support our kids future.
But what does he do? He supports tax breaks for the rich with yachts and airplanes.
Thom Tillis, please!
Set your priorities straight!
Plus, he wants to take away health insurance from those who have it.
The health insurance that I, and seven million Americans, finally have, and that protects us and our families.
Look, North Carolina is our home.
And Republican Thom Tillis is against everything that's important for Hispanic families. Starting with a better future for our kids.
And if he's against that, I'm against him.
As easy as that!
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How PFAW Members Answered Right-Wing Extremism in 2013 -- And Will Keep Fighting!

The Tea Party has full control of Congress in its sights, but PFAW members standing side by side can defeat them and defend liberty, justice and The American Way.

How PFAW Members Answered Right-Wing Extremism in 2013 - And Will Keep Fighting!

PFAW supporters fought back against the rise in right-wing extremism we saw in 2013. Standing side by side, PFAW members will be ready to defend the American Way once again in the important year to come. (Watch the video.)

Thank You from PFAW Founder Norman Lear

Please take a moment to watch this end-of-the-year thank you message for you and all of PFAW's wonderful supporters around the world from PFAW founder Norman Lear:

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People For the American Way Endorses Rob Zerban for Congress

Washington, DC – People For the American Way today announced its endorsement of Rob Zerban for Congress. Zerban is a strong progressive who is running to defeat Rep. Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District.

“Rob Zerban is a great candidate and will make a great representative of Southeast Wisconsin in Congress,” said Randy Borntrager, Political Director of People For the American Way. “Rob knows what it will take to rebuild the American middle class. He’s committed to preserving the social safety net while building a strong economy where businesses can thrive.

“At a time when the Republican party is embracing extremism at all levels, Rob will be a strong voice for all Wisconsinites. Rob’s opponent, Paul Ryan, joined with Missouri Rep. Todd Akin in an attempt to redefine rape, and is now hoping to carry his party’s War on Women to the White House as vice president.

“Ryan is also the architect of the GOP’s disastrous plan to destroy Medicare and trash the social contract. Ryan’s now peddling that plan to the nation as the Republican candidate for vice president, but he also has to face the voters of his own district. America can’t afford to have Paul Ryan in the driver’s seat for our economy, in the White House or in Congress.”


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PFAW supports the re-election of President Barack Obama.



Richard Carmona, running for Senate in Arizona – Carmona, a solid progressive, is a Vietnam War veteran, recipient of two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars, and the former Surgeon General of the United States. This election represents a rare opportunity to convert Arizona into a genuine swing state for years to come.


Congressman Raul Grijalva, running for Congress in Arizona’s 3rd District – Mr. Grijalva is the current representative for Arizona’s 7th District but is running for reelection in the 3rd District due to redistricting. The son of a migrant worker from Mexico, Grijalva was first elected to the House in 2002. Grijalva has been a strong progressive voice in the House, standing up for the rights of all Americans.


Kyrsten Sinema, running for Congress in Arizona’s 9th District – Sinema has extensive experience serving Arizonians as a former member of both the Arizona House and theArizona Senate. A People For the American Way endorsee, former PFAW Foundation board member, and member of the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, Sinema has been a dogged advocate of civil rights for all Americans.



Alan Lowenthal, running for Congress in California’s 47th District – First elected to the California state Senate in 2004, Lowenthal currently represents California’s 27th District as a state senator. Lowenthal received the Rivie Award from the Friends of Los Angeles River (FoLAR), an organization dedicated to restoring the natural habitat surrounding the L.A. River, for his promotion of environmental stewardship. He has received endorsements from a variety of progressive organizations and PFAW is proud to join them.


Lee Rogers, running for Congress in California’s 25th District – A nationally-known podiatrist and expert on health policy, Dr. Rogers has vowed to use his extensive healthcare experience to promote sensible measures that will protect Social Security and Medicare, improve the quality of care for all Americans, and shift towards a preventive emphasis for treatment. Rogers faces Republican incumbent Bud McKeon, who was first elected in 1992.


Jared Huffman, running for Congress in California’s 2nd District – Huffman is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, where he has served since 2006. Huffman has an impressive progressive record in the legislature and has vowed to continue his fight for accessible healthcare, equality, women’s rights, and investment in education in the U.S. House. Huffman served his local community for 12 years as a member of the board of the Marin Municipal Water District.


Dr. Raul Ruiz, running for Congress in California’s 36th District – Dr. Ruiz is a medical doctor and Latino activist who won the 2009 Influential Latino of the Year Award from the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards in recognition of his community work. Ruiz is running against Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack, in a very tight contest.


Dr. Ami Bera, running for Congress in California’s 7th District -- A medical doctor and former county health official, Dr. Bera is uniquely positioned to advance strong, progressive healthcare solutions.  Dr. Bera most recently served as the Sacramento County Chief Medical Officer, where he fought to expand access to affordable healthcare.


Jay Chen, running for Congress in California’s 39th District – Chen has an impressive background as small business owner, intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and community activist. His opponent, incumbent Rep. Edward Royce, has repeatedly co-sponsored a bill that requires all governmental services be English-only, has tried to end the Voting Rights Act, opposed much-needed governmental regulation of the mortgage industry in the wake of the Recession, and is a proponent of Arizona’s draconian new anti-immigrant law.


Mark Takano, running for Congress in California’s 41st District -- A Martin Luther King Visionaries Award winner, Takano has extensive experience at the community level and embraces a series of sensible, progressive policies that will better the nation. Takano’s election will help bring diversity to the U.S. House and advance progressive causes at the national level.



Sal Pace, running for Congress in Colorado’s 3rd District – Pace currently represents Colorado’s 46th District in the state House, a position he’s held since 2008. While a state representative, Pace has worked with both parties for the good of Colorado, fighting for good paying jobs, and accountability and transparency in the state government.  Pace is exactly the type of leader we need in Washington.


Joe Miklosi, running for Congress in Colorado’s 6th District – Currently a member of the Colorado State House, Miklosi is now running for Colorado’s 6th District against Mike Coffman,  a proud member of the Tea Party Caucus.  Colorado’s 6th District has been labeled the most competitive district in the nation.  Miklosi has vowed to fight for every woman’s access to birth control and a woman’s right to choose.



Congressman Chris Murphy (D-CT), running for Senate in Connecticut – Murphy has been a trendsetter for progressivism in Connecticut – in 2005 he was one of the first co-sponsors of a bill that made Connecticut only the third state to legalize gay marriage (the bill was upheld by the state Supreme Court in 2008). Murphy faces business magnate Linda McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment fame, and is sure to be outspent as McMahon pours her personal fortune into her campaign.



Alan Grayson, running for Congress in Florida’s 9th District – A self-described “congressman with guts,” Grayson gained notoriety when he worked as a specialist in whistleblower fraud causes directed at Iraq War contractors. Grayson filed a suit under the False Claims Act which became the only successful prosecution of those who illegally profited from the war.  He is a proven force for progressivism and the People For the American Way is happy to lend him our support.


Lois Frankel, running for Congress in Florida’s 22nd District – A former Mayor of West Palm Beach and Florida state representative, Frankel was named one of the top 10 progressive candidates to watch in the 2012 Congressional elections by Democracy for America. Frankel has a strong record of promoting civil rights for all Americans. The 22nd District is a competitive district and represents a great opportunity to elect a proven progressive champion.



David Gill, running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th District – Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, while typically a Republican stronghold, has been rendered competitive due to recent redistricting, presenting an excellent opportunity to help shift the seat to Democratic control. An emergency room physician, Dr. Gill is a respected medical expert who will bring his knowledge to bear on healthcare policy – among other things, Dr. Gill has vowed to uphold and expand Medicare.



Christie Vilsack, running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th District – Vilsack was Iowa’s first lady from 1999-2007, and if elected will become the first-ever female member of Congress from Iowa. She is facing Rep. Steve King, a five-time Republican incumbent and one of the national leaders of the anti-immigrant movement.  It is important that progressives around the country lend her their support.



Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI), running for Senate in Hawaii – A former lieutenant governor of Hawaii, Hirono has consistently advocated for the affordability and accessibility of healthcare for all Americans and has sponsored numerous bills promoting these goals. Meanwhile, her opponent -- former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle – supports a cluster of regressive policies: as governor she ended Hawaii’s Immigrant Health Initiative and vetoed a bill that would have legalized civil unions, and she now supports regressive spending and tax cuts that will harm the middle class. Hawaiians face a stark choice this November.



Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), running for reelection in Maine’s 1st District– In 2010, Pingree became the first woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine, a year in which she was also a PFAW and PFAW Voters Alliance endorsee. Pingree advocates for affordable healthcare, the promotion of viable alternative energy sources, and the protection of veterans’ benefits.



Elizabeth Warren, running for Senate in Massachusetts – Warren has extensive knowledge of finance policy, serving as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel, a group responsible for overseeing the operations of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Warren subsequently became the primary advocate for a federal entity dedicated to protecting consumer rights, leading to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010. Warren is in a hotly contested race to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Brown, who is facing his first reelection effort this year.



Jim Graves, running for Congress in Minnesota’s 6th District – Graves, a successful businessman, is running to unseat Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann, a well-known Tea Party extremist. People For the American Way is proud to lend him its support. His victory will represent a strong refutation of the right-wing extremism that has taken over much of the Republican Party.



Carol Shea-Porter, running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District – In 2006, Shea-Porter became the first woman elected to Congress from New Hampshire after winning an upset victory against her Republican opponent. Now seeking to regain her former House seat, Shea Porter has vowed to protect veterans’ benefits, oppose deficit reduction measures that harm the poor and middle class, preserve essential social welfare programs, and expand investment in education.


Ann McLane Kuster, running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd District -- Kuster has a long history of promoting progressive change in New Hampshire through her legal career, community work, and progressive advocacy. She supports LGBT equality, including the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Her race is expected to be extremely competitive.



Congressman Martin Heinrich (D-NM), running for Senate in New Mexico – Congressman Heinrich was first elected to the U.S. Congress from New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District in 2008, becoming the first Democrat ever to represent that district. Sabato’s Crystal Ball – a prestigious website run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics -- said in March that Heinrich’s race will be one of eight that will effectively decide which party controls the Senate next year.



Congressman Tim Bishop, running for reelection in New York’s 1st District – After a long career in education, Bishop became involved in politics in 2002, running for and winning a seat in the U.S. House as a representative for New York’s 1st District. He is a top-rate progressive advocate running in one of the most competitive Congressional districts in the nation – he won reelection by a mere 593 votes in 2010.


Nate Shinagawa, running for Congress in New York’s 23rd District -- If elected, Shinagawa, along with Grace Meng, will become the first Asian American representatives in Congress from the Northeast. Shinagawa, a strong progressive, is a longtime participant in People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials (YEO) and Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) programs.


Grace Meng, running for Congress in New York’s 6th District –  Meng  has represented New York’s 22nd District in the state legislature since 2009.  Meng has promised to fight for good jobs, safe neighborhoods, and quality schools in Washington.  Meng was a public interest lawyer and has vowed to fight for unions and against the war on women.


Julian Schreibman, running for Congress in New York’s 19th District – Schreibman has an impressive record of governmental service, including serving as a federal prosecutor and as the legal counsel for the CIA, where he helped prosecute terrorists responsible for several U.S. embassy bombings. Schreibman is running against Chris Gibson, who supports the Romney-Ryan austerity budget and who voted to defund Planned Parenthood. People For the American Way is glad to support Schreibman in what will undoubtedly be a tight race.



Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), running for reelection to his second term – Sen. Brown has served Ohioans for over 30 years, in the General Assembly, as Secretary of State, and in the U.S. House and Senate. Now, as the senior senator from Ohio, Brown occupies a crucial position that he has consistently used to bolster progressive causes on the national stage.


Congresswoman Betty Sutton, running for reelection in Ohio’s 16th District – Sutton has represented Ohio’s 13th District in the U.S. House since 2007 but will be running in the 16th District against Republican incumbent Rep. Jim Renacci due to redistricting. Sutton has advanced progressive causes throughout her career, which began when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Ohio House in 1993.



Kathy Boockvar, running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th District – Running in what will be one of the most competitive U.S. House races this election cycle, Boockvar, a strong progressive, faces Independence Hall Tea Party endorsee and incumbent Republican Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, who has a 0% rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood, a 100% rating from Right to Life, and voted to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.  Despite this, Fitzpatrick labels himself “one of the most independent members of Congress.”


Dr. Manan Trivedi, running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th District – Dr. Trivedi is an Iraq War veteran and a physician at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Trivedi advised the Obama campaign on healthcare policy and has recently been named one of Democracy for America’s “Dean Dozen,” the most prestigious endorsement a candidate can receive from that organization.



Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), running for reelection to his second term –Sen. Whitehouse, first elected to the Senate in 2006, has been a strong progressive voice in Washington: he opposes the unnecessary and regressive austerity of the Romney-Ryan budget, and has vowed to protect Medicare and Social Security and promote economic initiatives that bolster the middle class.



Joaquin Castro, running for Congress in Texas's 20th District -- Joaquin Castro currently represents the 125th District in the Texas House of Representatives. Born and raised in San Antonio, Castro was on the national stage at the Democratic National Convention introducing his twin brother, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who delivered the convention keynote address. Rep. Castro is a member of People For the American Way Foundation's Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network.



Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), running for reelection to his second term -- Sen. Sanders has been a stalwart advocate of progressive values throughout his years of service and is a powerful force for progressivism in national politics.



Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), running for Senate in Wisconsin – Baldwin has served Wisconsin for over 25 years, as Dane County Supervisor, a member of the Madison Common Council, a state representative and a member of the U.S. House. If elected this year, she will become the first openly LGBT member of the U.S. Senate.


Mark Pocan, running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd District – A Young Elected Officials Network  member and current representative of Wisconsin’s 78th District in the state legislature, Pocan was recently named one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the country by Democracy for America. Pocan, who was first elected in 1999, has a proven record of promoting progressive causes.


Pat Kreitlow, running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 7th District – Kreitlow is a former state Senator and the first of his family to graduate from college.  In March 2010, his opponent, Incumbent Sean Duffy, told attendees at a town hall that he still “struggles” even though he was making $174,000 on a Congressional salary.  Duffy has refused to do any televised debates with Kreitlow, even though he wanted 20 debates when he was running for the same seat in 2010.


Rob Zerban, running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 1st District – Zerban is running to unseat Rep. Paul Ryan, who is also the Republican vice presidential nominee (Wisconsin law allows Ryan to simultaneously maintain a House reelection bid while running for vice president). This election has great symbolic importance and, with progressive support, a Zerban victory would serve as a definitive refutation of Ryan-esque fiscal policy that will resonate around the nation.

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