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  • News and Analysis
    Biden Judge Green-Lights Citizens’ Lawsuit Concerning Harmful Mining
    January 11, 2023 9:01 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Biden Judge Green-Lights Citizens’ Lawsuit Concerning Harmful Mining

    Judge Charlotte Sweeney, nominated by President Biden to the District of Colorado, ruled that a citizens’ group and a county can proceed with their claims that a federal agency has improperly delayed taking action against limestone mining that they claim…

  • News and Analysis
    Biden Judge Upholds Important Federal Gun Safety Law
    January 9, 2023 10:45 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Biden Judge Upholds Important Federal Gun Safety Law

    Judge Regina Rodriguez, nominated by President Biden to the District of Colorado, upheld the federal law that prohibits those convicted of a felony from possessing firearms. Specifically, she rejected a motion to dismiss an indictment under the long-standing federal law…

  • Op-Ed
    Get Ready, Congress: Here Comes Gen Z
    January 5, 2023 12:22 pm | By Svante Myrick

    Get Ready, Congress: Here Comes Gen Z

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. When 25-year-old Maxwell Frost of Florida takes his seat in the U.S House this month, he will be the nation’s first Gen Z member of Congress. That -- in and of itself --…

  • News and Analysis
    Biden Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss and Allows Race Discrimination Claim to Proceed
    January 3, 2023 3:45 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Biden Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss and Allows Race Discrimination Claim to Proceed

    Judge Sarah Geraghty, nominated by President Biden to the Northern District of Georgia, rejected state officials’ attempts to dismiss a race discrimination claim brought by a Black former graduate student at the University of Georgia. Instead, Arebe Taylor will have…

  • News and Analysis
    Huge Strides For Our Courts, With More to Come
    December 22, 2022 4:00 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Huge Strides For Our Courts, With More to Come

    Senators can be proud of the work they have done these past two years to repair our federal courts. President Biden’s judicial nominees have been confirmed at the second fastest pace we’ve seen in a quarter century. At the circuit…

  • News and Analysis
    Biden Judge Stops Enforcement of Overbroad State Law Restricting Non-Partisan Election Activity
    December 19, 2022 11:52 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Biden Judge Stops Enforcement of Overbroad State Law Restricting Non-Partisan Election Activity

    Judge Victoria Calvert, nominated by President Biden as a district judge in the Northern District of Georgia, issued a preliminary injunction to halt Georgia’s enforcement of a restrictive election law against non-partisan groups that do not have the major purpose…

  • Op-Ed
    Somebody Feed Us More “Somebody Feed Phil”
    December 16, 2022 4:17 pm | By Svante Myrick

    Somebody Feed Us More “Somebody Feed Phil”

    Who knew that we needed to watch the writer of “Everybody Loves Raymond” eat his way around the globe? If you haven't seen the hit Netflix show, then perhaps you haven’t met goofy, sometimes-corny, but always endearing comedy writer Phil Rosenthal.…

  • Op-Ed
    Far-Right School Board Candidates: “We’ll Be Back”
    December 14, 2022 4:12 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Far-Right School Board Candidates: “We’ll Be Back”

    Back in August, I wrote that getting “back-to-school” this year would also mean getting back to fighting far-right attacks on education.  The threats included a rising number of efforts to ban books, and the Right’s efforts to take over local…

  • Op-Ed
    Sen. Warnock’s Victory Is a Win for Georgia and America
    December 8, 2022 1:51 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Sen. Warnock’s Victory Is a Win for Georgia and America

    If you haven’t watched Sen. Raphael Warnock’s speech on the night of his reelection in Georgia on December 6, stop everything you’re doing, and watch it now. Then tell your kids to watch it. And your neighbors.    What you’ll…

  • Op-Ed
    Celebrating Progressive District Attorneys and Their Contributions to Public Safety Reform 
    December 6, 2022 6:12 pm | By Svante Myrick

    Celebrating Progressive District Attorneys and Their Contributions to Public Safety Reform 

    The progressive movement is not always the best at celebrating our wins, or repeating winning tactics. Compared to the Far Right, who can’t seem to get enough of hammering home the same topics over and over ad nauseum, we sometimes…

  • News and Analysis
    Will the Right-Wing Majority Turn the First Amendment into a License to Discriminate?
    December 6, 2022 2:17 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Will the Right-Wing Majority Turn the First Amendment into a License to Discriminate?

    On December 5, the Supreme Court heard argument in 303 Creative LLC v Elenis. Brought by the far right Alliance Defending Freddom (ADF), the case seeks to create an exemption from a state public accommodations law for a web designer…

  • News and Analysis
    The Supreme Court Considers a Dangerous Far-Right Power Grab That Threatens Us All
    December 5, 2022 3:43 pm | By Paul Gordon

    The Supreme Court Considers a Dangerous Far-Right Power Grab That Threatens Us All

    Can far-right state legislatures rig presidential and congressional elections in violation of their own state constitutions? The conservative justices on the Supreme Court may let them do just that in a case being heard December 7.  It’s called Moore v.…

  • Op-Ed
    Stay Alert: Trump, Ye, and Nick Fuentes?
    December 1, 2022 6:16 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Stay Alert: Trump, Ye, and Nick Fuentes?

    By now you may have heard who President Trump had as dinner guests at Mar-a-Lago over Thanksgiving week. Among them was the 24-year-old Nick Fuentes, who has spent several years building an online following among by promoting a poisonous mix…

  • News and Analysis
    Decision by Biden Judge Limits Involuntary Confinement of Mentally Ill
    November 28, 2022 9:38 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Decision by Biden Judge Limits Involuntary Confinement of Mentally Ill

    Judge Toby Heytens, nominated by President Biden to the Fourth Circuit, wrote an important 2-1 decision that limited the government’s ability to confine indefinitely a mentally ill person being released from prison. Trump judge Julius Richardson dissented in the November…

  • Op-Ed
    How We Can Influence the Courts that Influence Our Lives
    November 23, 2022 10:52 am | By Ben Jealous

    How We Can Influence the Courts that Influence Our Lives

    As I write this, the final few races are being called in the midterm elections that were held weeks ago. It’s clear that that the House will be closely divided, with Republicans holding a very small majority. History shows that…

  • Op-Ed
    Seven Top Takeaways from this Year’s Midterms
    November 10, 2022 5:46 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Seven Top Takeaways from this Year’s Midterms

    As the dust settles on the midterm elections and the warnings of a “Red Wave” evaporate, it’s time to take a deep breath and take stock of what we’ve learned. There are many takeaways from the elections this year –…

  • News and Analysis
    Understanding the History of Policing in America and Police Violence Against Black Communities
    November 10, 2022 5:00 pm | By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

    Understanding the History of Policing in America and Police Violence Against Black Communities

    People For the American Way’s recent report, All Safe: Transforming Public Safety, provides concrete policy proposals for the transformation and implementation of public safety programs specifically at the local level. Eliminating police violence and improving public safety are vital to…

  • Op-Ed
    3 Reasons Why Every Election is the Most Important Election 
    November 4, 2022 1:11 pm | By Svante Myrick

    3 Reasons Why Every Election is the Most Important Election 

    This coming election is the most important of our lives — just like the last one and the one before that. We say it a lot, and it’s always true, especially now when we’re dangerously close to losing our democracy…

  • Op-Ed
    Tell the Supreme Court: We Still Need Affirmative Action
    November 3, 2022 11:27 am | By Ben Jealous

    Tell the Supreme Court: We Still Need Affirmative Action

    One of the great joys of my life is teaching. I’m fortunate to teach classes on social justice at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most respected schools in the country. Penn has a longstanding commitment to affirmative action,…

  • Op-Ed
    Why the Far Right Tries So Hard to Disenfranchise Black Voters 
    October 26, 2022 10:29 am | By Svante Myrick

    Why the Far Right Tries So Hard to Disenfranchise Black Voters 

    Of all the awful acts perpetrated by the Far Right, attempting to prevent certain groups from voting might be the most insidious. Voting is power, and voter suppression is a blatant effort to remove that power from people who would…