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People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote! Announces Spanish-Language Radio Ads in Pennsylvania, North Carolina

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) announced new Spanish-language radio ads in Pennsylvania and North Carolina as part of its Latinos Vote! program. The ad in North Carolina targets Burr’s anti-immigrant votes and his embrace of Donald Trump and encourages voters to support Deborah Ross and Hillary Clinton. The ad in Pennsylvania targets the dangerous agenda of Trump and Toomey and encourages voters to support Katie McGinty and Hillary Clinton.

“With Election Day rapidly approaching, we released these ads because in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Latino voters can be the margin of victory against Donald Trump and the Republicans,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “Senators Burr and Toomey have both spent their time in the Senate voting for anti-immigrant measures. They are part of the Party of Trump and it’s time to vote against the hateful, dangerous agendas of Trump and the Republican Party.”

“Those who stand with the Latino community stand strongly against Trump, yet sadly we’ve seen Richard Burr embrace Trump and Pat Toomey refuses to state his position in one way or another,” said PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “But Latino voters have seen more than enough of Trump: we reject his anti-immigrant hate, his insults against women, and his disrespect toward veterans. By turning out to vote in record numbers, we’ll ensure that Democrats win up and down the ballot this November.”

Listen to the Pennsylvania ad and read the script here.

Listen to the North Carolina ad and read the script here.

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.

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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.

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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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Senator Ayotte's Real Record on Equal Pay for Women

Like with her obstruction of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and his other federal judges, Senator Ayotte has made clear that she won't do her job on a lot of things. Ensuring equal pay for equal work seems to be one of them.
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People For the American Way Announces North Carolina Spanish-Language TV Ad Targeting Senator Richard Burr

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) announced a Spanish-language TV ad as part of its Latinos Vote! program targeting North Carolina Senator Richard Burr for standing against Latino communities—and with Donald Trump. The ad calls on viewers to vote for Hillary Clinton and Deborah Ross.

“Rejecting bigotry and hate means voting not just against Donald Trump but against the Republicans backing him and his agenda as well. Richard Burr has a long history of anti-immigrant votes, and it’s unacceptable that he’s aligned himself with a presidential candidate as extreme as Donald Trump,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “Our ad uses Trump and Burr’s own words to underscore how important it is to get out to vote against them this year; we know that Latino voters can defeat Trump, Burr, and the Republicans.”

“Richard Burr has embraced a presidential candidate who calls immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘killers,’ who brags about sexually assaulting women, who mocks people with disabilities. And then there’s Burr’s long record of voting against immigrants and Latino families,” said PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “That’s why Latino voters must cast their ballots against Donald Trump, Richard Burr, and Republicans up and down the ballot. The presidential, senate, and down-ballot races in North Carolina are likely to be extremely close this year, and the size of the Latino vote  in the state will likely be significantly more than Obama’s 2008 margin over McCain. Latino voters will decide who wins the state, and could determine overall who wins the presidency and control of the Senate.”

Watch the ad here:

Ad script:
VO : Aun cuando DonaldTrump dice esto:
Trump OC: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
VO: Richard Burr lo apoya:
Burr: “There's not a separation between me and Donald Trump.”
VO: Peor, Richard Burr votó 11 veces contra nuestros DREAMers y contra la reforma migratoria! Donald Trump, Richard Burr, y los Republicanos tienen políticas peligrosas para Carolina del Norte. iVOTEMOS por Hillary Clinton y Deborah Ross!
DISCLAIMER: People For the American Way es responsable por el contenido de este anuncio.

Ad translation:
VO: Even though Donald Trump says this:
Trump: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
VO: Richard Burr supports him:
Burr: “There's not a separation between me and Donald Trump.”
VO: Worse, Richard BURR voted 11 times against our DREAMers and immigration reform! Donald Trump, Richard Burr and the Republicans have a dangerous agenda for North Carolina. LET’S VOTE for Hillary Clinton and Deborah Ross!
DISCLAIMER: People For the American Way is responsible for the content of this advertising.

For more information on the ad, or to schedule an interview, 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.

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People For the American Way Releases Digital Video Featuring Star Sarai Gonzalez, Bomba Estereo’s ‘Soy Yo’

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) released a Get Out the Vote music video, “Be You y Vota,” featuring Sarai Gonzalez and Bomba Estereo’s hit song ‘Soy Yo.’ In her now-famous style and inspired by the ‘Soy Yo’ music video, Sarai rejects Donald Trump’s hate by bringing everyone she knows to the polls to go vote. Speaking to Latino and bilingual audiences, the video is part of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! campaign.

Watch the video:

Sarai Gonzalez said, “I was excited to do this video because this election is so important. I’ve had enough of Donald Trump. He’s unkind and he’s dishonest. Even all the kids in my school know how racist he is and that he can’t be president. He would make America much worse, not better. That’s why everyone needs to vote.”

PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo added, “As Sarai makes clear in this new video, we don’t have to stand for Trump’s hate. But what we do have to do is go vote! More than ever before, in this election, Latino voters hold the keys to the White House. We’ll use the power of our vote to make our voices heard against Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s divisive agenda that would be devastating to Latino communities and all Americans.”

People For the American Way (PFAW) 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.

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Pollster Tom Jensen Joins PFAW Telebriefing on the State of the Election

On Thursday People For the American Way hosted a member telebriefing on the current state of the 2016 election cycle to discuss the latest poll numbers and what PFAW is doing to engage in the election.

Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen joined the call to share recent polling data on both the presidential contest and key Senate races, providing an overview of the 2016 landscape just over two weeks before the election. PFAW’s Drew Courtney, Marge Baker, and Laura Epstein outlined some of the highlights of PFAW’s work in 2016 on engaging Latino voters and making the Supreme Court a winning election issue.

You can listen to the full telebriefing here:

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Voter Suppression Is Not The Solution To Problems With Voter Registration

What we have is a system desperately in need of modernization. Some states have taken positive steps forward on voting rights, while others have failed or been unable to act, or even worse, have taken steps backward with new, potentially suppressive restrictions. Members of Congress have introduced federal legislation, which has yet to receive any meaningful attention from the Republican leadership – the failure to restore the Voting Rights Act being one of the worst cases.
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Dolores Huerta Joins National and Local Leaders in Las Vegas to Respond to Debate, Encourage Voters to Cast Their Ballots When Early Voting Begins

People For the American Way also announces launch of Spanish-language TV and radio ads encouraging Nevadans to cast their ballots when early voting starts Saturday

LAS VEGAS—Following the third and final presidential debate, civil rights leader and People For the American Way (PFAW) board member Dolores Huerta joined national and local Latino leaders in Las Vegas to respond to the debate, encourage early voting, and address what’s at stake in the elections, especially for Latino voters.

The event was hosted by national and local groups including BattleBorn Progress, Center for Community Change Action, Feminist Majority (She Wins, We Win Campaign), For Our Future, Mi Familia Vota, Nevada’s Voice, NextGen Climate Nevada, PFAW, PLAN Action, and SEIU International. PFAW also announced new Spanish-language TV and radio ads targeting Donald Trump and Joe Heck and supporting Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto (more info on the ads here). The event and ads are part of PFAW's Latinos Vote campaign.

Key Statements:

Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader and PFAW board member: “We must defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton, and Latino voters in Nevada have the power not just to do that, but also to elect Catherine Cortez Masto. Masto stands with us; Joe Heck has spent his time in the Senate voting against DREAMers, cutting Pell Grants for students, and trying to privatize Social Security. Let’s use our voices to stand up against hate, stand up against the dangerous agendas of Trump and the Republicans, and go vote! Si se puede!”

Artie Blanco, Nevada State Director of For Our Future: “Bad hombres, nasty women…What disrespect one candidate has for people, human beings. In the Latino community, respect is important. Respect in our families is important. Nobody calls my abuela a nasty woman.

“The pathway to the White House is through the West, through the strip of Las Vegas, and every Latino neighborhood in this state. We all represent the 20% of Latinos that will be deciding the election here in Nevada. It is time to reject dangerous attacks on women, on Latinos, on Filipinos, on veteran families, on Muslims. We cannot stand for that. And Joe Heck thinks we should give him a pass. He went along for the ride with Trump. In his own fundraiser, said I want to vote for Trump. So go vote, show up. Nevada will decide who’s in the White House and who’s in Congress.”

Sarah Bradshaw, She Wins We Win: “On equal pay for women, worker’s rights and workplace equality, LGBTQ equality, immigration reform and climate change – we know that Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto are leaders.  We urge Nevadans – and especially Nevada women – to vote for Hillary Clinton for President and Catherine Cortez Masto for US Senate.”

Michael Keegan, PFAW President: “Donald Trump represents an unprecedented threat to our democratic system and our fundamental values of freedom and equality for all. It’s critically important we soundly defeat him this November, and Latino voters in Nevada in particular can be a key element in defeating Trump. But it’s not enough to just elect Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. By electing Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevadans will help to create a Democratic Senate that will do its job by giving fair consideration to Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, passing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and more, instead of continuing the Senate Republicans’ obstruction.”

Ben Monterroso, Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota: “"This election is not over until the last eligible voter casts their ballot on November 8, Election Day. Latino voters in Nevada are poised to decide who will best represent our interests in the White House on a variety of issues that affect Latino Americans like immigration reform, healthcare, education, the environment, the economy, and voting rights. Our futures and our families depend on our vote, and we will not leave this decision up to anyone else."

Francisco Morales, Nevada State Director of Center for Community Change Action: “We need to prevent Joe Heck from taking over and inflicting his bad policies towards immigrants. The moment I saw him trying to rewrite history that he was for immigration reform, for DREAMers, I immediately thought about the time we asked for his help, his support, his leadership to ask for Republicans in the House to bring up comprehensive immigration reform. But he’s just not there with us. This Saturday is the beginning of early vote. Vote early, vote for your family, have your voices heard. And keeping with the theme of this election, have some great tacos! Let’s celebrate the beginning of early vote and make history as Nevada elects the next President and a new Senator.”

Lizet Ocampo, PFAW Director of Latinos Vote!: When Donald Trump wasn't smearing Latinos as 'bad hombres,' he was doubling down on mass deportation; promising that he'd appoint Supreme Court justices that would be devastating for the rights of women, workers, and immigrants; railing against Obamacare and trying to defend his economic policies that would hurt working families. But Latino voters in this state can make sure Trump loses. And Nevadans will defeat not just Donald Trump, but Joe Heck as well. We know that both are pushing a damaging agenda, but Nevadans can make their voices heard through voting starting on Saturday.

Rocio Saenz, National Executive Vice President of SEIU International: “Last night, Hillary Clinton laid out a vision based on inclusion and compassion, including comprehensive immigration reform in her first 100 days. She said we celebrate diversity, that we are a nation of immigrants. We have come from different places but we have a common goal: Building a better future for our kids, families, and communities. And we heard Trump’s vision, which is filled with hatred. He’ll bring in more hate, divisiveness, and disrespect. We know we have an incredible obligation to make srue there is no Trump America. This election is about us, our families, it’s about what we want this country to be: inclusive and compassionate, a country where all families can thrive. That’s why we Latinos will vote against Trump’s hate, insults, and divisiveness. We are making it clear that he’s not getting in the White House.”

Tom Steyer, President and Founder of NextGen Climate: “Hillary Clinton showed young voters—and all Americans—that she’s standing squarely in their corner. Clinton will transition to a clean energy economy, which will not only create a million jobs but will also address the most critical issue of our generation—climate change. Millennials are going to make the difference in this election and Clinton has shown voters that she’s the only candidate who will fight for the issues that matter most—like climate change, income inequality, education, and racial and gender equity.”

Viridiana Vidal, Nevada State Director for Nevada’s Voice: “At today's press conference national and state leaders reminded us why we can't allow Donald Trump to make it to the White House. He has promised to separate our families and has no respect for any human being, he has attacked women, immigrants, veterans and the disabled. It is precisely those who have been under constant attack for several months who will be the wall between Donald Trump and the White House, our vote will be that wall and believe me it will be a strong one.”

Alexander Zapata, Communications Director for PLAN Action: “If Donald Trump had a hope to win the immigrant vote, last night during the debate he lost all of his chances. His persistence on building a wall and deporting undocumented families continues to be a danger for our community. That is why this October 22 everyone that can vote has the opportunity to say no to Trump and yes to the future of our families.”

To schedule a follow up interview, or for questions about People For the American Way’s new ads, please email media@pfaw.org, brad@forourfuturefund.org, or mariateresa@battlebornprogress.org.

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People For the American Way Releases Spanish-Language Ads Targeting Donald Trump, Joe Heck in Nevada

With early voting beginning in Nevada on Saturday, PFAW TV ad targets Donald Trump, Joe Heck; PFAW & PrioritiesUSA radio ad targets Donald Trump.

Following the final presidential debate, People For the American Way (PFAW) is today announcing two Spanish-language ads in Nevada targeting Donald Trump and Joe Heck and supporting Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto. Both ads start airing on Saturday, when early vote in the state begins. The TV ad ties together Trump and Heck, highlighting their dangerous agenda and the reasons to vote against them. The radio ad—launched in partnership with PrioritiesUSA—features Uriel, a DREAMer, encouraging those who can vote to do so against Donald Trump starting on Saturday. Both ads are part of PFAW's Latinos Vote! campaign. Watch the TV ad here, listen to the radio ad here.

“Donald Trump represents an unprecedented threat to our democratic system and our fundamental values of freedom and equality for all. It’s critically important we soundly defeat him this November, and Latino voters in Nevada in particular can be a key element in defeating Trump,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “But it’s not enough to just elect Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. By electing Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevadans will help to create a Democratic Senate that will do its job by giving fair consideration to Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, passing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and more, instead of continuing the Senate Republicans’ obstruction.”

Civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta added, “We must defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton, and Latino voters in Nevada have the power not just to do that, but also to elect Catherine Cortez Masto. Masto stands with us; Joe Heck has spent his time in the Senate voting against DREAMers, cutting Pell Grants for students, and trying to privatize Social Security. Let’s use our voices to stand up against hate, stand up against the dangerous agendas of Trump and the Republicans, and go vote! Si se puede!”

“Donald Trump kicked off his campaign by calling Hispanic Americans criminals and rapists and has repeatedly insulted and demeaned Hispanics throughout this campaign,” said PrioritiesUSA Communications Director Justin Barasky. “We must do everything we can to defeat him this November so people like Uriel don’t have to live in fear of Donald Trump trying to deport them or rip their families apart.”

“Nevada Latinos will determine who wins the state, and who wins Nevada could determine who wins the presidency and whether or not Democrats control the Senate,” stated PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo. “Our ads encourage voters to get to the polls starting on Saturday, so we can stand up for our values, our communities, our families through voting.”

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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People For the American Way Statements on Third Presidential Debate

In response to the third and final presidential debate, People For the American Way released the following statements:

Marge Baker, People For the American Way Executive Vice President: “In tonight’s debate, the contrast on the Supreme Court could not have been clearer. Hillary Clinton said she’ll appoint justices who understand that the Constitution protects all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful. Donald Trump, for his part, made clear that he’ll nominate justices who will protect the privileges of the wealthy and powerful, but not the rights of ordinary people. The next president could nominate up to four justices who will serve for life on the Supreme Court. That means the choice we make in November won’t just be for the next four years; it will impact our country for a generation.”

Lizet Ocampo, People For the American Way Director of Latinos Vote!: "Seeing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton side by side tonight demonstrated yet again what a clear choice we have this election. When Donald Trump wasn't smearing Latinos as 'bad hombres,' he was doubling down on mass deportation; promising that he'd appoint Supreme Court justices that would be devastating for the rights of women, workers, and immigrants; railing against Obamacare and trying to defend his economic policies that would hurt working families. Now is the time for us to stand up against Trump and for Clinton through our votes. We'll vote in record numbers this year to defeat Trump and the Republicans advancing his hateful agenda."

Earlier today, PFAW released a digital video spotlighting the Supreme Court as a central issue in the presidential election. Watch the video here, and for questions please email media@pfaw.org.

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Ayotte & Trump: All the Straws that Didn't Break the Camel's Back

Before the hot-mic news, NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte supported Trump despite his many assaults against equality, democracy, & liberty. She put party over country, time & time again.
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Dolores Huerta Joins North Carolina Latino Leaders for Event on the 2016 Elections and the Latino Vote

Yesterday, civil rights leader and People For the American Way (PFAW) board member Dolores Huerta joined Latino leaders in Charlotte to discuss the power of the Latino vote in North Carolina and the issues at stake for Latino voters, and denounce the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino extremism of Donald Trump, Governor Pat McCrory, and Senator Richard Burr.

Dolores Huerta shared her experiences and national perspective given her experience as co-founder of the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, her lifetime work advocating for rights of workers, immigrants, and Latinos, and her work around the country getting out the vote this year and in previous years. Action NC Charlotte Director Hector Vaca and For Our Future Get Out the Vote Director Jeremiah Chapman discussed local issues and the power of the Latino vote to defeat Trump, Gov. McCrory, and Sen. Burr.

“Donald Trump has so much hate for women, immigrants, people who are disabled, and many others. Trump doesn’t share our values, and if he gets elected, it would be such a disaster for our communities. But we’re going to make sure he’ll never become the President of the United States,” said civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta. “It’s not just Trump. He’s the face of the Republican Party. We know Republicans including Richard Burr have blocked immigration reform, blocked equal pay for women. And Republicans have been really involved in voter suppression, trying to suppress our vote.” Huerta continued, “We must take time to register to vote and vote when it means so much for our community. Vote for people who will protect us, people that are going to work for us, including Deborah Ross for Senate, Roy Cooper for Governor, and of course Hillary Clinton for president. Si se puede con el voto!”

Ruth Perez, an Action NC member, will be voting for the first time this year. She explained, “For 22 years I never voted because I thought it wasn’t important. But last year, I started hearing all of Donald Trump’s declarations against Latinos. I stood up and said this is going to change something in my life and in my family. This year I registered to vote, and let me tell you all: This is going to make a big difference. As Latinos, we can make a difference by voting.”

Discussing the recent allegations against Trump and his treatment of women, Perez stated that she had made her choice even before the Access Hollywood tape came out, and later allegations this past week. As she described, “His remarks toward his daughter, not respecting his own kid, that put me in a situation where I don’t have to make any other choices. Trump’s somebody who doesn’t deserve any respect. We as women have fought for many years for our rights, we’ve fought for the right to vote, we fight every day to earn money, we struggle, a lot of single parents, mothers, that are hard workers. He’s trying to destroy this image to our kids, to our society. That’s very sad. But don’t give up. This is a time for you to show him he is wrong. Get up and get yourself to a voting booth, make your voice count.”

Action NC Charlotte Director Hector Vaca addressed the down-ballot races in particular: “What Trump is saying is appalling to our community, appalling to our country. The Latinx community here will make sure he doesn’t win. And the fact that Burr and McCrory support him, we find that to be very, very offensive. What’s more, Burr is against comprehensive immigration reform, McCrory has been part of a lawsuit opposing President Obama’s executive action that would allow so many people who are undocumented who contribute to our country, pay taxes, and run businesses here, to stay here. That’s what’s motivating people to get out in the streets, register voters and get out the votes. Trump, McCrory, and Burr don’t stand with our community, so we don’t stand with them. This election is going to be incredibly important and we’re going to make the difference here in NC.”

Jeremiah Chapman, Get Out the Vote Director for For Our Future, spoke specifically about Burr’s record: “If we look at women’s pay, Burr doesn’t advocate for equal pay for women. Latinas in North Carolina make 48 cents to the dollar of white men, and if we look at the numbers, Latinas account for 14 billion dollars of what is generated here in North Carolina. I don’t understand how some of our elected officials like Burr don’t understand the economic boon that would come from equal pay. He also shared why he’s voting: “As a first-generation Afro-Latino in this country, this election is about changing the minds and mindsets of my generation and the generation that follows. This is an unprecedented time within our country, state, and city where we can see measurable change. Getting out to vote this year will be so influential.”

This event was organized by Action NC, For Our Future, and People For the American Way (PFAW). Lizet Ocampo, PFAW Director of Latinos Vote!, moderated the panel. “Latino voters in North Carolina could decide the presidency, and their votes against the anti-immigrant McCrory and Burr could ensure that they lose their elections. This event was part of our efforts to expose and counter anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies.” Previously this year, PFAW has launched bilingual radio and digital ads in North Carolina targeting Burr for standing with Trump and urging listeners to get out to vote. For more information on PFAW’s election efforts as part of its Latinos Vote! program, email media@pfaw.org.

For pictures and/or follow-up interviews with panel participants, please email media@pfaw.org.

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Demonstrators Send McCain Message That He Was "Too Little, Too Late" In Denouncing Trump

People For the American Way joined Planned Parenthood, ProgressNow, and other Arizona activists to send a clear message to Senator McCain: he jumped the Trump ship too little, too late.
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PFAW Members Speak Out Against Ayotte’s Plan to Write In Mike Pence

Members of People For the American Way protested Monday outside of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Manchester district office following her announcement that she plans to write in vice presidential nominee Mike Pence instead of voting for Donald Trump, in light of his comments about sexually assaulting women. While it’s high time that Sen. Ayotte acknowledged just how unacceptable a Trump presidency would be, a vote for Pence would be a vote for far-right policies devastating for women and the LGBT community.



“Ayotte’s withdrawal of support for Trump has much more to do with politics than principle,” said Linds Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way. “Support for Mike Pence’s agenda is little better—a man who has spent his career attempting to redefine rape, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and pass laws to legalize discrimination against LGBT people is also incredibly dangerous. A far better way for Ayotte to display the political independence she so often claims on the campaign trail would be to push obstructionists in her party to move forward on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.”

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Right Wing Watch Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary, Launches New Website

Today, People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch celebrates its 10-year anniversary. PFAW first launched the site after more than two previous decades of monitoring the Right to expose and counter—in real time—the extreme right-wing activists and organizations that were having an outsized impact on our politics. Right Wing Watch has tracked fringe right-wing figures who have suddenly risen to national prominence, reported on the absurd and bigoted statements of politicians who thought no one would listen to what they said on a far-right radio show, and tracked the continued rise of the Religious Right when, year after year, countless others declared it dead.

“Right Wing Watch has spent the last ten years covering those who seek to undermine fundamental constitutional values and distort the American Way,” said PFAW President Michael Keegan. “Through our team’s expert reporting, we analyze and uncover the far-right and hold accountable the politicians who stand by them, uplift their voices, and perpetuate their lies. And we do this in a way that no other organization does. Right Wing Watch has built up its authority not by taking right-wing figures out of context or twisting anyone’s words, but simply by shining a spotlight on what they say and believe.”

“Right Wing Watch has always had a clear mission: to expose what right-wing leaders are saying when they think that no one is listening,” said PFAW Communications Director Drew Courtney. “Over the last decade, Right Wing Watch has collected and shared an enormous amount of information about the far-right movement in this country, and again and again that’s allowed us to hold politicians accountable when they pander to extremism. We’ve shown that politicians who try to score short term benefits from throwing in with bigotry will pay a long term political cost.”

As part of the 10-year anniversary, PFAW today launched a new Right Wing Watch website, featuring our just-published report on the extremist anti-choice movement’s return to Wichita, KS. You can see the new site at www.RightWingWatch.org.

To schedule an interview with a Right Wing Watch researcher on our work, what it’s like to cover the Right, and/or how the Right has changed over the last ten years, please email media@pfaw.org.

Right Wing Watch Highlights: 2006-2016

Top Right Wing Watch highlights this election cycle:

  • While listening to conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch, Right Wing Watch was the first to report that then-presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker referred to medically unnecessary, mandatory ultrasounds as a “cool thing out there.”
  • Right Wing Watch has reported on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones since 2012—our first post detailed an interview he did where his guest speculated that President Obama was behind the Aurora movie theater shooting—so when Trump and his allies started appearing on his show, we tracked the conspiracy theories that arose from the show and made it to the campaign stump. For example, we reported on Jones and Trump ally Roger Stone discussing the idea that the 2016 election will be “rigged” the day before Trump made the suggestion at a campaign rally.
  • Right Wing Watch was the first to report that three GOP presidential candidates were scheduled to appear at an event in Iowa organized by radical Colorado pastor Kevin Swanson. Right Wing Watch monitored the conference, revealing that the candidates were appearing alongside those calling for the death penalty for gay people and other radical measures. The controversy dogged one of the candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz, for months.
  • After then-presidential candidate Ted Cruz welcomed the endorsement of anti-choice leader Troy Newman, Right Wing Watch was the first to report on the endorsement and lay out the extremism of Newman, which includes calling for the government to execute abortion providers.
  • At the 2016 Values Voter Summit, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said that the election of Hillary Clinton would result in the shedding of blood of “patriots” and “tyrants.” Of all the reporters in the room, RWW’s Peter Montgomery was the one to notice the story and make sure Bevin was held accountable for his outrageous remarks. The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel wrote: “Bevin's speech made no immediate impact…[But] Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way, did hear a story. Peter Montgomery, PFAW's tireless correspondent at conservative conferences, wrote up the Bevin remarks for a Monday blog post. Hours later, the Lexington Herald-Leader's Daniel Desrochers chased the story and got an explanation from Bevin.”

Top Right Wing Watch highlights from the last ten years:

  • As Mike Huckabee became the Religious Right’s candidate of choice in the 2008 presidential election, Right Wing Watch unearthed comments that Huckabee had made in a failed 1992 Senate campaign in which he called for quarantining HIV patients. The remarks dogged him throughout his campaign.
  • In 2009, Right Wing Watch filmed a press conference at which former Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry said that assassinated abortion provider George Tiller “reaped what he sowed.” The video was widely distributed and exhibited the extremism of Terry’s wing of the anti-choice movement.
  • In 2010, news organizations reported that Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall had declared that disabled children are God’s “special punishment” for women who have had abortions. Marshall tried to claim that his comments had been misconstrued, but Right Wing Watch dug up a video proving that he had indeed clearly made those comments.
  • In 2011, Mitt Romney was scheduled to speak at the Values Voter Summit immediately before Bryan Fischer, a rabidly anti-gay spokesman for the American Family Association who also made a habit of insulting people of other faiths, particularly Mormons. Using Right Wing Watch’s research on Fischer, People For the American Way called on Romney to denounce Fischer’s bigotry—and, in his speech, Romney did just that, further marginalizing one of the most divisive figures on the Right.
  • In 2011, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched his presidential bid with a stadium prayer rally hosted by extremist groups and featuring a number of proponents of “dominionism,” the idea that conservative Christians must take control of all parts of society, including the government. Right Wing Watch exposed the extremism of the event, which ended up dominating news coverage of the launch of Perry’s campaign.
  • In 2013, famed televangelist Pat Robertson claimed on his daily “The 700 Club” program that gay people deliberately infect others with AIDS by wearing special rings that cut people whom they shake hands with. Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network edited the remark from its recording of the program, but Right Wing Watch had been recording it live. Right Wing Watch resisted several attempts by Robertson to quash the video, ensuring that he couldn’t cover over his extremism.
  • In 2013, Right Wing Watch was the first to reveal that Brian Brown, the head of the National Organization for Marriage, had traveled to Russia to testify in favor of anti-LGBT laws before the nation’s parliament just days after the body had passed an infamous bill banning “propaganda” about homosexuality. Right Wing Watch’s discovery highlighted the fact that Brown and his organization were interested in far more than stopping marriage equality in the U.S.
  • In 2013, Right Wing Watch was the first to draw attention to Rep. Steve King’s comments on a small conservative cable network that the majority of DREAM Act recipients have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana a across the desert.” After RWW highlighted the video, King’s comments drew national attention and helped to define the immigration debate that was raging at the time in Congress.
  • History Bonus: Right Wing Watch launched online 10 years ago, but PFAW’s research department has existed since the organization’s founding in 1981. In 2001, it was PFAW that was recording Pat Robertson’s television program when he and Jerry Falwell blamed the Sept. 11 attacks on “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way.”

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Why Are Those Closest To Trump Not Contributing To His Campaign?

Over the years, Donald Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr. have been relatively frequent and promiscuous political donors, making significant contributions to Democrats and Republicans alike. The three combined contributed $15,000 to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and $13,800 to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. They have given to numerous New York politicians, both Republican and Democratic. Don Jr. and Ivanka even contributed a combined $8,800 to a number of Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. 

But thus far, according to campaign finance records, Trump’s three eldest children have not donated to their father’s presidential effort, even as the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are making significant efforts to raise money from small-dollar contributors.

Interestingly, the three older Trump children have in the past been significant donors to Republican party committees, contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee, the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee since 2008. (They have also made significant contributions to the three Democratic counterparts to these committees.) But these donations ceased in 2014; since their father captured the Republican nomination, the Trump children have not continued their support of GOP party committees, according to records accessed on OpenSecrets.org. 

Trump’s children are not the only ones close to him who are financially sitting out this election cycle. The GOP nominee routinely brags about his company creating tens of thousands of jobs, yet a search on OpenSecrets.org for campaign contributions from employees of Trump’s companies returns just 19 contributions to Trump from 13 employees, totaling just $5,477.

This baker’s dozen of individuals who are financially supporting Trump’s campaign are spread throughout a number of Trump ventures. Four list their employer as The Trump Organization, including frequent Trump media surrogate and lawyer David Cohen, who contributed $250 to his boss’ campaign; others list themselves as employees of Trump buildings including Trump Tower in New Rochelle, Trump World Tower and Trump golf courses, specifically the Trump National and the Trump International clubs. Kerry Woolard, who manages the Trump Winery and spoke at the Republican National Convention, contributed $250. One contributor listed themselves as an employee of Trump Entertainment Resorts, the formerly bankrupt owner of Trump’s Atlantic City casino properties, which is now a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises. Another listed themselves as an employee of Trump University.*

Trump’s website still states that he is “self-funding” his campaign to ensure that he doesn’t “owe anything to lobbyists and special interests,” a major talking point in his successful primary run. Yet, according to OpenSecrets.org, by this point in his campaign only one-third of Trump’s campaign fundraising has come from his own bank account, while 29 percent has been raised from small donors and 16 percent from larger donors. Even as Trump relies heavily on small contributions from individual supporters, reports over the summer showed that his campaign was spending lavishly on Trump-owned businesses. 

Candidates for office, especially those like Trump who have plenty of wealthy connections, often start their fundraising pitches with their friends and families. Yet Trump, even as he solicits small-dollar donations and spends them on his own enterprises, seems to be asking very little of his own family and top business associates.  

*We have only named contributors who have spoken as surrogates for Trump in the media. 

Donald Trump: Many People Say Obama 'Has Declared A War On Catholics'

In typical Trumpian style, Donald Trump sent a letter to a conservative Catholic group this month stating that many people believe that President Obama “has declared a war on Catholics” and that Hillary Clinton “promises to be even worse!”

In the October 1 letter to CatholicVote.org, which the group has posted on its website, Trump committed to signing bills such as the First Amendment Defense Act and the Conscience Protection Act, two GOP measures seeking to curtail LGBT and reproductive health access, respectively.

Our current president has not respected American’s First Amendment rights. Many believe he has declared a war on Catholics. And my opponent promises to be even worse!



As President, I promise that I will protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear. This approach one would think is just common sense. And I don't care if people call it politically incorrect.

The priorities that the next President will need to establish are not known at this time. Protection of the nation and its citizens must come first. Getting the economy back on track must be near the top of the list. Preserving and protecting the rights of our citizens must also be in the mix. If Congress considers legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act or the Conscience Protection Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signature and enactment.

Trump Campaign Defends Sons' Appearances On Show With Ties To White Nationalist

Yesterday, we reported that Donald Trump’s son Eric had appeared on “Liberty Roundtable,” a Utah-based radio program hosted by Sam Bushman, whose network also syndicates the white nationalist radio program “Political Cesspool” and who frequently invites “Political Cesspool” host James Edwards to be a guest on his program.

This was especially surprising given that back in March, another Trump son, Donald Trump Jr., stirred national controversy when he appeared on Bushman’s program and ended up taking questions from Edwards, who had also called in to the program. The campaign apparently wasn’t deterred by the experience, and sent both Eric Trump and economic adviser Stephen Moore to Bushman’s program in the last two weeks.

While we don’t categorize the “Liberty Roundtable” itself as white nationalist, the program’s ties to Edwards, a white nationalist, are clear—a fact that the Trump campaign itself demonstrated when Donald Trump Jr. ended up speaking with Edwards on the program.

But the Trump campaign has dug in its heels this time, releasing a statement to CNN stating that “Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding” and insisting that the campaign “would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate”:

"As you know, we had no knowledge of James Edwards' participation and strongly rebuked him," Hope Hicks, a campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement, referring to Donald Trump Jr.'s interview. "Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding. We would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate."

Incidentally, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that a white nationalist super PAC is planning to run ads in support of Trump starting this weekend on both “Political Cesspool” and “Liberty Roundtable.”

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