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  • News and Analysis
    The Black Vote is Critical – and Under Attack
    February 23, 2022 2:55 pm | By People For Staff

    The Black Vote is Critical – and Under Attack

    Throughout the history of America, people of color have had to fight every step of the way for their right to vote. Against all obstacles thrown at them in 2020 and early 2021, voters of color turned out in record…

  • People For in Action
    Black News Channel: Rev. Leslie Watson Wilson on Voting Rights
    February 23, 2022 11:43 am | By Leslie Watson Wilson

    Black News Channel: Rev. Leslie Watson Wilson on Voting Rights

    Rev. Leslie Watson Wilson, national director of People For's African American Religious Affairs, spoke with Del Walters of Black News Channel's DC Today on voting rights, the courts, and the upcoming State of the Union address.

  • Op-Ed
    ITHACA TIMES: Real Crime Data in the Wake of Disinformation
    February 23, 2022 10:52 am | By Alana Byrd

    ITHACA TIMES: Real Crime Data in the Wake of Disinformation

    On February 22, 2022, Alana Byrd, Campaign Manager at People For the American Way, published the following opinion piece in The Ithaca Times: In response to the city of Ithaca’s Reimagining Public Safety plan, the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association (PBA)…

  • News and Analysis
    What’s At Stake with a Black Woman Justice to Join the Supreme Court: Racial Justice
    February 22, 2022 4:03 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    What’s At Stake with a Black Woman Justice to Join the Supreme Court: Racial Justice

    After the new Biden nominee joins the Supreme Court, the Court will continue to hear crucial cases that affect all of us. It has already agreed to hear two cases that far-right advocates hope will result in the complete end…

  • Op-Ed
    THE HILL: No, Biden’s Supreme Court justice will not be powerless
    February 22, 2022 1:30 pm | By Paul Gordon

    THE HILL: No, Biden’s Supreme Court justice will not be powerless

    On February 22, 2022, Paul Gordon, Senior Counsel at People For the American Way, published the following opinion piece in The Hill: Ever since Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, some analysts have been saying that…

  • Op-Ed
    Only A Black Woman: A Faith Leader’s Reflection On The Pending Supreme Court Nomination
    February 17, 2022 10:07 am | By Leslie Watson Wilson

    Only A Black Woman: A Faith Leader’s Reflection On The Pending Supreme Court Nomination

    On February 16, 2022, Leslie Watson Wilson, national director of People For’s African American Religious Affairs, published the following opinion piece in NewsOne: I have been asked what does it, this historic nomination, mean to me? [...] What does this…

  • News and Analysis
    What’s At Stake with New Justice to Join Supreme Court: Holding Trump Accountable
    February 15, 2022 12:47 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    What’s At Stake with New Justice to Join Supreme Court: Holding Trump Accountable

    Whether through congressional investigations, private lawsuits, or government prosecutions, efforts to hold Donald Trump accountable for past misconduct continue. The Supreme Court already has and will continue to play a role. As actions against Trump move forward, the Court’s role…

  • Op-Ed
    Republican Party Makes Dangerous Bow to Trump’s Insurrectionists
    February 11, 2022 4:25 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Republican Party Makes Dangerous Bow to Trump’s Insurrectionists

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice-Edney Newswire. The Republican National Committee (RNC) is officially letting Americans know that it is more committed to former President Donald Trump than to democracy, the rule of law, and the truth. Some people might say Republicans…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Continue Nationwide Injunction Against Federal Worker Vaccine Requirement
    February 10, 2022 10:59 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Trump Judge Casts Deciding Vote to Continue Nationwide Injunction Against Federal Worker Vaccine Requirement

    Trump Fifth Circuit judge Don Willett cast the deciding vote in a “shadow docket” ruling that refused to stay or alter a district court injunction that imposed a nationwide stop on a requirement that federal workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Justices Cast Deciding Votes to Let Alabama Use Racially Discriminatory Map in 2022 Elections
    February 8, 2022 1:35 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Trump Justices Cast Deciding Votes to Let Alabama Use Racially Discriminatory Map in 2022 Elections

    Trump Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett cast deciding votes in a 5-4 “shadow docket” ruling that allows Alabama to use a redistricting map it designed. This was despite a lower court ruled that it discriminates against…

  • News and Analysis
    What’s At Stake as New Black Woman Justice Will Join Supreme Court
    February 7, 2022 4:29 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    What’s At Stake as New Black Woman Justice Will Join Supreme Court

    There is much at stake as President Biden works to determine who he will nominate to fill Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat on the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is poised to consider cases that could directly impact so many of…

  • News and Analysis
    How We Can Reimagine Public Safety
    February 7, 2022 3:19 pm | By People For Staff

    How We Can Reimagine Public Safety

    Policing in the United States has a long and troubled history. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others brought police racism and violence sharply into focus, and spurred a national conversation about reimagining public safety. The Minneapolis police…

  • News and Analysis
    Voting Rights: An Old and New Fight
    February 4, 2022 3:19 pm | By Laurie Kinney

    Voting Rights: An Old and New Fight

    The Republican filibuster of voting rights legislation was disappointing and harmful. But the fight for voting rights is far from over. Voting Rights: An Old and New Fight People For the American Way has always stood for voting rights. We…

  • News and Analysis
    Why We Need the National Popular Vote
    February 4, 2022 2:22 pm | By Laurie Kinney

    Why We Need the National Popular Vote

    People For the American Way believes there are many steps we can take to move our country closer to the ideal of a democratic society that offers freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. The concept of “one person, one…

  • Op-Ed
    How History Will Be Made Again: Black History Month and the Supreme Court
    February 3, 2022 3:39 pm | By Ben Jealous

    How History Will Be Made Again: Black History Month and the Supreme Court

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. February is Black History Month. The news we are making and witnessing right now reflects all the contradictions of our history—American history. The history of Black people in this country is a…

  • News and Analysis
    Biden-Nominated Judge Restores Federal Workers’ Rights that Trump Officials Improperly Took Away
    February 3, 2022 1:30 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Biden-Nominated Judge Restores Federal Workers’ Rights that Trump Officials Improperly Took Away

    Biden-nominated D.C. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote a decision that overturned action by Trump officials and restored federal workers’ rights to negotiate and bargain with employers concerning all changes to working conditions except for trivial ones. The February 2022…

  • Op-Ed
    THE WASHINGTON POST: It’s time for the Supreme Court to truly reflect America
    February 2, 2022 3:06 pm | By Leslie Watson Wilson

    THE WASHINGTON POST: It’s time for the Supreme Court to truly reflect America

    On February 2, 2022, Leslie Watson Wilson, national director of People For's African American Religious Affairs, published the following letter to the editor in The Washington Post: I was disappointed to see Ruth Marcus’s Jan. 27 op-ed, “Breyer’s replacement will…

  • News and Analysis
    Another Trump Judge Rules Against Vaccine Requirement for Federal Contractors: Our Courts, Our Fight
    February 1, 2022 8:00 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Another Trump Judge Rules Against Vaccine Requirement for Federal Contractors: Our Courts, Our Fight

    “Our Courts, Our Fight” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties and the need for the Senate to confirm President Biden’s federal court nominees to help counteract these effects . Supreme…

  • Op-Ed
    Celebrating Black Women on the Federal Bench
    January 31, 2022 10:42 am | By Ben Jealous

    Celebrating Black Women on the Federal Bench

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice Edney Newswire. President Joe Biden’s first year in office has brought both triumphs and disappointments. There’s no question that the administration has work to do on voting rights and on passing the critical social…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Justices Cast Deciding Votes to Authorize Immediate Execution of Black Man Despite Lower Courts’ Finding that State Had Violated Disability Law: Our Courts, Our Fight
    January 31, 2022 9:16 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Trump Justices Cast Deciding Votes to Authorize Immediate Execution of Black Man Despite Lower Courts’ Finding that State Had Violated Disability Law: Our Courts, Our Fight

    “Our Courts, Our Fight” is a blog series documenting the harmful impact of President Trump’s judges on Americans’ rights and liberties and the need for the Senate to confirm President Biden’s federal court nominees to help counteract these effects . Supreme…