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Secret McConnell Recording Shows Need for Money in Politics Reform
This post was originally published at the Huffington Post.  Early this morning, The Nation published a leaked recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's remarks at a secret meeting of major conservative donors put...
PFAW’s Diallo Brooks Discusses Michael Brown Shooting on BET
Today People For the American Way Director of Outreach and Public Engagement Diallo Brooks was featured in a powerful BET segment on the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In the interview, Brooks situates Brown’s death within...
New Study Explores Staggering Impact of Outside Spending on 2014 Races
As control of the Senate hangs in the balance this fall, we continue to see the damaging effects of the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision that paved the way for the explosion of outside spending influencing our elections. A report released this...
Voter Registration in Ferguson Inspires Rather Than Disgusts
This post was originally published at the Huffington Post.  On August 9, I don't believe 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. woke up in the morning thinking he would not see the evening sun, his family or friends, the end of the day that started...
Justice Ginsburg: The Biggest Mistake This Court Made Is in Campaign Finance
In an interview this week with the National Law Journal, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shed light on what she sees as the biggest mistake the Court has made. Responding to a question about the Supreme Court being viewed as a political...
The Victims of the Religious Right
This post was originally published at the Huffington Post.  Yesterday's marriage equality ruling from a federal district court in Florida, like so many before it, strikes down laws preventing same-sex couples from marrying. And like all the...
North Carolina Judge Rules Right-Wing Voucher Program Unconstitutional
People in North Carolina have been living with – and resisting – a devastating right-wing assault on public institutions and the common good since a far-right takeover of state government in 2012, which was funded by Art Pope, a local...
BREAKING: Florida Marriage Ban Struck Down
Finally, some good news: today a federal judge in Florida struck down the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, nominated by President Clinton in the 1990s, ruled the 2008 ban unconstitutional on...
Activists Deliver Amendment Petitions to 21 Senate Offices
Congress may be on recess, but activists across the country are not taking a break from the nationwide push to get big money out of politics. Today activists teamed up for a massive petition drop, delivering petitions in support of a constitutional...
PFAW Foundation YEOs & YP4 Alum Unite with Missouri Protesters to Demand Accountability
Protesters throughout the nation have come out to march and peacefully protest the unjust criminal system that led to Michael Brown being gunned down in Missouri on August 9, including members of the People For the American Way Foundation family. In...
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...
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,...
Yes, Latino Vote Can Have Big Impact This Election
The Latino population is growing, and with it a bloc of eligible Latino voters. From 2000 to 2010, the Latino population grew by 43% according to the Census bureau. That population has continued to grow from 2010 until today, making up over 16% of...
One More Win Towards Ending Discrimination: Non-Discrimination Ordinance Passes in Roeland Park, KS
The following is a guest post by Roeland Park Councilwoman Megan England, member of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network. Before a city council vote last week in Roeland Park, Kansas, it was legal in our...
Edit Memo: GOP Obstruction of Executive Branch Nominees Means Longer Waits, Bigger Backup
To: Interested Parties From: Marge Baker, Executive Vice President, People For the American Way Date: August 8, 2014 Re: GOP Obstruction of Executive Branch Nominees Means Longer Waits, Bigger Backup Since the beginning of President Obama’...
Democracy for All Amendment: PFAW Member Telebriefing
On Wednesday, just over a month before the Senate votes on the Democracy for All Amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United, People For the American Way members and supporters joined Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) for a telebriefing on the...
Senators Should Watch This Video from the Federal Judiciary
Senators who attack nominees for representing criminals in court could use this lesson from America's federal judges.
People For the American Way Voters Alliance PAC Announces Endorsements for Federal Office
People For the American Way Voters Alliance PAC is proud to announce the endorsement of 10 progressive champions for federal office. Running in Maine, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, Michigan, South Dakota, Colorado, Hawaii, and Wisconsin, these candidates...
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,...
The Right Wing's Immigration Hysteria: Round-Up
Here’s a round-up of last week’s Right Wing immigration hysteria: The bill that passed Friday was “tweaked” by House Republicans to be more to the taste of hard-right members like Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who said the...
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