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  • 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…

  • Op-Ed
    USA TODAY: Biden must honor his commitment to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court
    January 27, 2022 11:24 am | By Ben Jealous

    USA TODAY: Biden must honor his commitment to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court

    On January 27, 2022, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous published the following op-ed in USA Today: Whatever you think of the pressure exerted on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire over the last couple of years – and it has been intense –…

  • People For in Action
    It’s Time for a New Perspective on the Supreme Court
    January 27, 2022 10:25 am | By People For Staff

    It’s Time for a New Perspective on the Supreme Court

      With the retirement of Justice Breyer, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. President Biden has made it clear that he will appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court, a step that will bring us closer to our ideals of…

  • News and Analysis
    We’re in the Fight for Justice For All
    January 26, 2022 1:48 pm | By Elliot Mincberg, Megan Simons

    We’re in the Fight for Justice For All

    The Supreme Court’s decision to review two new cases on affirmative action and environmental protections add to a long list of cases that put some of our most fundamental rights at risk. The threat may feel enormous, but we cannot…

  • News and Analysis
    Senate Debates Voting Rights Legislation
    January 26, 2022 9:48 am | By Susan Stainman

    Senate Debates Voting Rights Legislation

    After almost a year of public pressure on President Biden and the Senate from People For and our allies, and multiple filibusters from Republicans, we finally had our first public debate in the Senate on voting rights legislation during Biden’s…

  • Op-Ed
    Trump, the MLK Holiday, and the Big Lie
    January 24, 2022 4:32 pm | By Ben Jealous

    Trump, the MLK Holiday, and the Big Lie

    This op-ed was distributed by Trice-Edney Newswire. Did you see how former President Donald Trump spent Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend? He made one of the ugliest appeals to racial resentment and white grievance that I have seen in decades.…

  • News and Analysis
    Another Trump Judge Stops Enforcement Nationwide of Another Important COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Our Courts, Our Fight
    January 24, 2022 11:13 am | By Elliot Mincberg

    Another Trump Judge Stops Enforcement Nationwide of Another Important COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: 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
    THE HILL: Despite Senate setbacks, the fight for voting rights is far from over
    January 24, 2022 10:39 am | By Ben Jealous

    THE HILL: Despite Senate setbacks, the fight for voting rights is far from over

    On January 23, 2022, People For the American Way President Ben Jealous published the following op-ed in The Hill: There’s no way to sugarcoat it: the Senate’s failure to overcome a Republican filibuster of voting rights bills last week is…

  • News and Analysis
    Citizens United: 12 Years Later
    January 21, 2022 12:21 pm | By People For Staff

    Citizens United: 12 Years Later

    On the 12th anniversary of Citizens United, one thing is clear: With this decision, the Roberts Court opened the floodgates for the Far Right's full-fledged assault on our democracy. #TBT: 12 years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, one…

  • News and Analysis
    Trump Justices Cast Deciding Votes to Again Rebuff Challenge to Texas Abortion Ban: Our Courts, Our Fight
    January 20, 2022 8:57 pm | By Elliot Mincberg

    Trump Justices Cast Deciding Votes to Again Rebuff Challenge to Texas Abortion Ban: 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…

  • News and Analysis
    Biden and the Democratic Senate Keep Setting Records on Judges
    January 20, 2022 4:42 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Biden and the Democratic Senate Keep Setting Records on Judges

    With the nation’s focus on the essential work Senate Democrats have been doing on voting rights this month, it might be easy to miss the important work they continue to do on restoring our federal courts. Just hours before leaving…