Equality For All

Clark's Record Not Worthy of Promotion

The Senate Armed Services Committee will soon consider the promotion of Major General Robert T. Clark to the rank of Lieutenant General in command of the Fifth U.S. Army. Clark was the commanding officer at Fort Campbell, Ky. While Clark was in command at Fort Campbell, PFC Barry Winchell was repeatedly and blatantly harassed in violation of the Army’s strict guidelines, and ultimately was killed in an anti-gay attack.

6-3 Supreme Court Decision Deals Blow to States' Rights Ideology, Strengthens Worker Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Nevada and other states can be sued when they violate workers’ rights under the groundbreaking federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The decision breaks with a recent run of cases in which the Court’s conservative 5-4 majority overruled Congress in favor of a “states’ rights” judicial philosophy.

PFAWF Joins Court Challenge of Colorado Voucher Law

On behalf of its nearly 10,000 Colorado members and activists, People For the American Way Foundation is joining a lawsuit in Denver County District Court challenging the constitutionality of the state’s private-school voucher law on the grounds that it violates the Colorado Constitution

PFAWF & Choice USA Support Free Speech in Public Schools

Leaders of the right-wing political movement to restrict American women’s ability to make their own moral and religious choices about reproduction and family planning have launched a new campaign aimed at American high school students. Leaders of the April 28 Rock for Life “National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day” are encouraging students to “exercise their First Amendment right of free speech by wearing a pro-life T-shirt to school.”

Santorum’s Anti-Gay Remarks Fit Pattern of Discrimination

Senator Rick Santorum’s remarks comparing the protection of Americans’ privacy in their own homes to protecting bigamy and incest came as a disappointment, but, sadly, not as a surprise. Santorum’s record demonstrates a history of hostility toward equal rights for all Americans, and that hostility is reflected in the attitudes of the Republican party leaders.
Urge Your Senators to Reject Sen. Santorum's Remarks and Co-Sponsor "Hate Crimes" Bill

Colorado Governor Signs Voucher Bill

On April 16, Colorado Governor Bill Owens disregarded the wishes of Colorado voters and signed a voucher bill that will provide $5,000 vouchers to students, even though the voters have twice rejected attempts to divert public tax dollars to private schools. Read about this and many other voucher battles in the states.

Rep. Cubin Must Apologize for Ugly Racial Stereotype

Wednesday, April 9, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) implied that all black Americans are drug addicts. Questioning an amendment to a bill limiting liability for gun makers that would bar gun sales to drug addicts and those in drug treatment, Rep. Cubin said, "So does that mean that if you go into a black community you can't sell any guns to any black person?" Not only would she not apologize, but her fellow Republicans refused to allow her comments to be declared out of order.

Full Funding for Public Education

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Despite the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the President’s refusal to adequately fund this bill, in fact, leaves far too many children behind.

Status in the 108th Congress

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The authorization for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) expired in the 107th Congress, and the 108th Congress is now in the process of reauthorizing it. The House passed H.R.

Education Secretary Paige Urged to Disavow Outrageous Remarks on Religion and Schools

PFAW Foundation responds to Education Secretary Paige's assertion that he "would prefer to have a child in a school that has a strong appreciation for the values of the Christian community, where a child is taught to have a strong faith.”

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