Equality For All

Getting beyond Racism: Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

Affirmative action acknowledges the fact that race continues to have a very real impact on society. When properly implemented, affirmative action is an essential step toward ensuring that diversity becomes the rule, not the exception.

Court Rejects “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

In a step forward for equality for all Americans, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ruled yesterday that the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy violates servicemembers' Fifth Amendment due process rights and their First Amendment speech rights.

African American Ministers In Action Applauds Obama Jobs Program

Reverend Timothy McDonald, Chairman of African American Ministers In Action (AAMIA), a program of People For the American Way, today applauded President Obama for proposing a robust investment in American infrastructure that would create thousands of new jobs.

“Americans of all backgrounds are suffering in this recession,” said Reverend McDonald, “and we want our elected representatives to do what they can to help.  The plan that the president proposed today would make a real difference in the lives of thousands, even millions of Americans.”

PFAW Congratulates Meek for Florida Primary Victory

Rep. Kendrick Meek won a three-way Democratic Senate primary in Florida yesterday. People For the American Way Voters Alliance has endorsed Meek, citing his history of working for voting rights, public education, and reproductive freedom.

Losing Their Appeal: The Real Reason the Right is Terrified by the Prop 8 Case

In the weeks since Judge Vaughn Walker found California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the Right Wing has, unsurprisingly, worked itself into a characteristic bigoted bluster. But this time, something about the bluster is different.

Radio Ad Highlights Grassley’s Criticism of Civil Rights Leader

People For the American Way today released a new radio ad calling out Sen. Charles Grassley for his criticism of civil rights hero Thurgood Marshall during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's recent confirmation hearings. The ad will air in Iowa starting tomorrow.

PFAW Memo: Robert Gibbs, the “Professional Left”, and the Opportunity We Can’t Miss

To: Progressive Allies
From: Michael B. Keegan, President, People For the American Way
Re: Robert Gibbs, the "Professional Left", and the Opportunity We Can't Miss
Date: August 17, 2010

Dr. Laura’s Racist Remarks Inexcusable

On Tuesday, right wing radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger greeted a caller with a racially charged outburst, repeating the n-word 11 times and trivializing the racism encountered by many Americans. Accusing the caller, a black woman married to a white man, of racial hypersensitivity, Dr. Schlessinger said, “if you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry outside your race.”

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:

Prop 8 Judge Denies Permanent Stay on Marriages

In an important statement of confidence in the strong case for marriage equality, Judge Vaughn Walker today denied a motion to indefinitely stay his decision allowing gay people to marry in California.

PFAW Statement: Federal Judge Overturns Proposition 8

A federal judge in California today overturned Proposition 8, the state’s law that prohibited gay people from marrying. Proposition 8, Judge Vaughn Walker wrote, “is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses.”

PFAW Statement on Muslim Community Center Near Ground Zero

In response to controversy about whether to allow a Muslim community center to be built near Ground Zero in Manhattan, People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan said, "of course a Muslim community center should be allowed in lower Manhattan. This is not a close question."

Statement of Rev. Byron Williams on Proposition 8 Decision

A federal judge in California today overturned Proposition 8, the state's law that prohibits gay people from marrying.

Reverend Byron Williams, pastor, columnist, a member of People For the American Way Foundation's African American Ministers In Action, and editor of the forthcoming book, Inconvenient Love African American Clergy and Theologians Speaking on Behalf of LGBT Equality, stated:

PFAW Statement: Federal Judge Blocks Portions of Arizona’s SB1070

A federal judge today blocked some of the most controversial provisions in the draconian anti-immigrant law Arizona’s governor signed into law in April.

African American Ministers in Action Statement on Arizona Immigration Decision

A federal judge today blocked some of the some of the most controversial provisions in the draconian anti-immigrant law Arizona’s governor signed into law in April.

Three Young, Progressive Candidates Endorsed by PFAW Action Fund Win in Georgia Democratic Primary

Three young, progressive State House candidates endorsed by People for the American Way Action Fund won their party’s nomination in yesterday’s Democratic primary in Georgia.

PFAW Action Fund Endorses Alisha Thomas Morgan

The People For the American Way Action Fund today announced its endorsement of Alisha Thomas Morgan for State Representative. Morgan has a distinguished record of progressive activism, including work with People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.

Federal Court Rules DOMA’s Section 3 Unconstitutional

A federal court in Massachusetts has ruled unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Promoting the Right to Vote: Enfranchising Our Nation’s Capital

Nearly 600,000 Americans live in Washington, DC, and they deserve the right to representation in Congress like everyone else. We must take steps to fully enfranchise Americans living in our nation’s capital.

Department of Justice Sues to Block Arizona Immigration Law

Today, the Department of Justice announced that it would file suit in federal court to block the implementation of Arizona’s discriminatory anti-immigrant legislation, SB 1070.

AAMIA and AAMLC Statement on the President’s Remarks on Immigration Reform

The African American Ministers Leadership Council (AAMLC) of People For the American Way Foundation, and African American Ministers in Action (AAMIA) of People For the American Way, congratulate President Obama on his thoughtful remarks yesterday on immigration
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