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  • News and Analysis
    Corporation’s Attempt to Cut Back Whistleblower Protections Blocked by Biden Judge
    October 25, 2022 12:59 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Corporation’s Attempt to Cut Back Whistleblower Protections Blocked by Biden Judge

    Judge Gabriel Sanchez, nominated by President Biden to the Ninth Circuit, reversed a lower court that had accepted a corporation’s arguments that would have significantly limited whistleblower protections for workers under California law. Aaron Killgore, who worked for SpecPro Professional…

  • Op-Ed
    Georgia Is Ground Zero for Democracy
    October 20, 2022 10:41 am | By Ben Jealous

    Georgia Is Ground Zero for Democracy

    Like so many of us right now, I’ve got Georgia on my mind. As I write this, I’ve just gotten back from meeting with Black ministers who are working nonstop to get out the vote across the state. And with…

  • People For in Action
    Join us: Rally for Affirmative Action on October 31st
    October 20, 2022 10:33 am | By Megan Simons

    Join us: Rally for Affirmative Action on October 31st

    On Monday, October 31, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases concerning the consideration of race as one factor in college admissions at Harvard College and the University of North Carolina. We're rallying at the Supreme Court…

  • Op-Ed
    Modeling the Spirit of Democracy
    October 14, 2022 3:09 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Modeling the Spirit of Democracy

    Some things are unthinkable—until they happen. For Jamie Raskin, a congressman and father, the first unthinkable thing was the loss of his beloved son Tommy to suicide on New Year’s Eve 2020. As a father myself, my heart breaks when…

  • News and Analysis
    Important Gun Safety Law Reinstated by Biden Judge
    October 13, 2022 11:05 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Important Gun Safety Law Reinstated by Biden Judge

    Judge Eunice Lee, nominated by President Biden to the Second Circuit, put back into place a New York gun safety law that was stopped by a highly criticized lower court through a temporary injunction. The law sets important limits on…

  • Op-Ed
    4 Lessons the Far Right Has Failed to Learn from Decades of Popular Culture 
    October 7, 2022 3:33 pm | By Svante Myrick

    4 Lessons the Far Right Has Failed to Learn from Decades of Popular Culture 

    From Star Trek addressing racism in 1967, to Twitter exposing the outrage of a Black "Little Mermaid” in 2022, science fiction, fantasy, and popular culture have always held a mirror up to society’s attitudes—for better or for worse. Some people…

  • Op-Ed
    Let’s Unite to Defend the Black Vote
    October 7, 2022 8:00 am | By Ben Jealous

    Let’s Unite to Defend the Black Vote

    Right before our last national elections in 2020, thousands of Black voters in Detroit got a call from someone posing as a woman named “Tamika Taylor.” She warned them that if they voted, the government would collect their personal information…

  • Op-Ed
    Black Women Holding Trump Accountable
    September 29, 2022 12:54 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Black Women Holding Trump Accountable

    Former President Donald Trump has spent a lifetime getting away with things. Rich and willing to use an army of lawyers to defend his abuses and bully people he has wronged into submission, Trump is a prime example of the…

  • News and Analysis
    Alabama’s Orwellian Attack on the Voting Rights Act at the Supreme Court
    September 29, 2022 10:39 am | By Paul Gordon

    Alabama’s Orwellian Attack on the Voting Rights Act at the Supreme Court

    How’s this for Orwellian logic: Taking the steps necessary to eliminate racial discrimination under the Voting Rights Act is itself unconstitutional racial discrimination. That’s basically the argument that Alabama Republicans are using to defend their congressional gerrymandering in a Supreme…

  • Op-Ed
    Sheriff Villanueva is a danger to the people he is sworn to serve
    September 29, 2022 9:51 am | By Ben Jealous

    Sheriff Villanueva is a danger to the people he is sworn to serve

    This article was originally published at Los Angeles Daily News. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has long been a danger to the people that he is sworn to serve. As the Los Angeles Times editorial board has noted, the…

  • People For in Action
    September 24, 2022 3:12 pm | By People For Staff

    People For Briefing Highlights Fall SCOTUS Term

    With the new Supreme Court term beginning on October 3, People For held an exclusive member briefing on the courts featuring our team of experts, including Senior Fellow and Justice Correspondent for The Nation Elie Mystal, who discussed the upcoming…

  • Op-Ed
    The Cruelty of Exploiting Vulnerable People for Political Advantage
    September 22, 2022 3:54 pm | By Ben Jealous

    The Cruelty of Exploiting Vulnerable People for Political Advantage

    There is always a new low for Trump Republicans. And that is pretty frightening. Take the latest exercise in lawlessness, dishonesty, and cruelty from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He chartered a plane to send dozens of mostly Venezuelan asylum seekers…

  • News and Analysis
    Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Defending the Freedom to Learn
    September 21, 2022 9:09 am | By Peter Montgomery

    Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Defending the Freedom to Learn

    People For the American Way is a member of the Banned Books Week coalition, a network of authors, librarians, publishers, booksellers, and anti-censorship activists that sponsors an annual celebration of the freedom to read. This year’s Banned Books Week, which runs…

  • Op-Ed
    Banned Books Week: Book Bans Are an Attack on the Freedom to Read, Teach and Learn
    September 16, 2022 2:51 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Banned Books Week: Book Bans Are an Attack on the Freedom to Read, Teach and Learn

    Truth is a threat to authoritarianism. Reading is a path to truth. That’s why the freedom to read is essential to the freedom to learn. And that’s why the freedom to learn is often attacked by those who abuse power…

  • Op-Ed
    Accountability: An Insurrectionist Removed from Office
    September 8, 2022 4:29 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Accountability: An Insurrectionist Removed from Office

    A New Mexico judge has done the country a big favor. Judge Francis Mathew upheld a little-known provision of the U.S. Constitution and removed a public official for participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. I hope other judges have…

  • Op-Ed
    September 1, 2022 4:09 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Student Debt Relief Means Freedom for Millions

    Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” I love that sentiment. I also know that when student loan debt is tying you down, changing the world can feel out of…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Appellate Judges Block Important Public Health Measures under Biden Administration
    September 1, 2022 8:19 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Trump Appellate Judges Block Important Public Health Measures under Biden Administration

    In three different cases in August, Trump appeals court judges have blocked significant steps under the Biden Administration to help protect public health. These include: 1/ an order by Trump judge Grant blocking an administration requirement that federal contractors ensure that…

  • People For in Action
    August 30, 2022 2:14 pm | By People For Staff

    People For Briefing Highlights What’s at Stake in the Midterm Elections

    With the midterm elections less than 11 weeks away, the stakes continue to climb as more of the Far Right’s agenda is exposed. Attacks on our children’s education, our reproductive freedoms, our right to vote in free and fair elections…

  • News and Analysis
    New Appellate Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Block Local Prosecution of Democratic Attorney General Despite Trump Judge Dissent: Our Courts, Our Fight
    August 29, 2022 12:10 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    New Appellate Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Block Local Prosecution of Democratic Attorney General Despite Trump Judge Dissent: Our Courts, Our Fight

    Biden-nominated Judge Toby Heytens cast the deciding vote to block a grand jury investigation concerning a negative campaign ad run by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, who is a Democrat. Stein’s opponent claimed the ad violated state law. The…

  • Op-Ed
    August 25, 2022 1:48 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Back to School, Back to Fighting Far-Right Attacks on Education

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. Just when you thought far-right attacks on public education couldn’t get any more absurd, we hear about something new. For the first time in almost 15 years, Sarasota schools this fall are…