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  • September 3, 2008 2:45 pm | By Willard

    Oh, What a Week

    By the end of the Democratic National Convention last week my feet were aching but my spirit was soaring. I loved meeting People For members, and had a chance to connect with a lot of progressive advocates, political leaders, and…

  • September 2, 2008 11:02 pm | By Josh

    It’s Good to Be the AG – Forgetful Gonzales Gets Off the Hook for Mishandling Secrets

    The Associated Press and Washington Post reported today that Justice Department investigators have faulted Alberto Gonzales for repeatedly mishandling national secrets during his tenure as Bush’s White House counsel and Attorney General. The eye-opening accounts reveal that Gonzales failed to…

  • September 1, 2008 6:36 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Governor Palin is Wrong; There’s No Scientific “Debate” Over Evolution to Teach

    As soon as news broke last Friday that Senator John McCain had chosen the relatively unknown governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his running mate, a media scramble began to find out more about her. In the brief period since…

  • August 28, 2008 3:39 pm | By Willard

    About That U.S. Attorney Scandal…

    Hey, remember the U.S. attorney scandal? Fishy firings of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006 for allegedly partisan reasons? It was a huge deal when the revelations first broke last year, but since then the mainstream media has, in classic MSM-ADD…

  • August 27, 2008 10:06 pm | By Willard

    Can Design Save Democracy?

    The AIGA, a consortium of graphic artists, thinks it just might. In order to avoid the sort of poor election ballot design that plagued the 2000 election — remember butterfly ballots and hanging chads? — the AIGA has proposed several…

  • August 22, 2008 10:49 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Kathleen Turner vs. Susan Collins

    Sure, we've been saying for years that Senator Susan Collins's votes on the Roberts and Alito nominations show how shallow her commitment to choice really is. But when Kathleen Turner is saying it, it just sounds different. So, without further…

  • August 22, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    Yo, CNN! Progressives Have Values Too!

    Did you watch last Saturday's presidential candidate forum at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church? The media coverage has made me want to scream, hey, progressives have values too! Fortunately, we're doing more than yelling about it. With your support, People For…

  • August 8, 2008 7:20 pm | By Willard

    Olympic Fever at People For

    The Olympics begin today -- with some very personal excitement at People For. David Banks, the son of Executive Vice President Marge Baker, is competing on the U.S. Olympic rowing team in Beijing. I know many of us will be…

  • August 1, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    Matching the Right’s Passion

    This week gave me a sobering reminder of just how motivated and organized the Radical Right is. I think it's a real challenge to us to match their passion and commitment. On Wednesday, national and local Religious Right leaders convened…

  • July 25, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    Rededicating Ourselves to Human Dignity

    I'm writing to you today from San Francisco, where it's been an energizing, thought-provoking week. Last night, Ambassador James Hormel, a member of People For's board, hosted an event at his home to help me get acquainted with some friends…

  • July 24, 2008 9:08 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Fourth Circuit Victory For Religious Liberty

    If you read my post back in March after the oral argument before the Fourth Circuit in Turner v. City Council of Fredericksburg, Virginia, you know that it was quite an honor to have had retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra…

  • July 11, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    Staking Out Our Principles

    A lot of my friends and colleagues — and political journalists and bloggers — have spent a good chunk of time this week debating whether or not Barack Obama is "shifting to the middle," or how much he is shifting,…

  • July 4, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    The Muppets Take Philadelphia

    Happy Fourth of July! After a busy week traveling to Pittsburgh and San Francisco, talking to activists about the Supreme Court and to donors about People For's work, I'm using the long weekend to spend some much needed time with…

  • June 27, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    The Power of Culture

    What do seven dirty words, Big Bird and Archie Bunker have in common? George Carlin, the envelope-pushing, line-crossing comedian was probably most famous for "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." That routine provoked countless conversations about censorship and…

  • June 26, 2008 9:07 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Five Years Later: Decriminalizing Gay People

    Many people probably don’t recall much, if anything, about June 26, 2003, but I recall a great deal. That’s because it’s the day on which the Supreme Court issued one of its most important rulings in the area of individual…

  • June 26, 2008 5:00 am | By Judith Schaeffer

    Five Years After Lawrence: Decriminalizing Gay People

    Many people probably don’t recall much, if anything, about June 26, 2003, but I recall a great deal. That’s because it’s the day on which the Supreme Court issued one of its most important rulings in the area of individual…

  • June 20, 2008 5:00 am | By Willard

    History Being Made

    It was an incredibly moving week for me. Couples in California who have been denied equality for so long began to get married — in weddings recognized by the largest state in the nation. It's one of those rare moments…

  • June 11, 2008 5:00 am | By Stacey Gates

    97-Year-Old Arizona Woman Disenfranchised by Voter ID Law

    Shirley Preiss was born in Kentucky in 1910 — a full 10 years before American women gained the right to vote. She first voted in a presidential election in 1932, for FDR. She’s voted in every presidential election since, but…

  • June 10, 2008 9:08 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Supreme Court Narrows Protections for Public Employees

    In a 6-3 ruling on June 9, the Supreme Court made it harder for public employees who are victims of arbitrary or malicious firings to obtain justice. In doing so, the Court, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, rejected…

  • May 29, 2008 9:05 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Ledbetter v. Goodyear and Fair Pay, One Year Later

    As a Senator, John McCain has helped George W. Bush pack the federal courts with right wing judges, judges who serve for life and who will extend the legacy of President Bush for decades to come. In fact, it seems…