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  • Op-Ed
    A Radical and Counterintuitive Proposition To Save Democracy: Forgiveness
    February 20, 2024 6:00 pm | By 52560

    A Radical and Counterintuitive Proposition To Save Democracy: Forgiveness

    First published in The Hill. For a movie nerd who’s known to stay up all night streaming, the Sundance Film Festival is an incredible experience. Some 17,000 films were shown this year. It’s impossible to take them all in. But one movie…

  • Op-Ed
    Five Executive Orders Biden Can Issue To Protect Elections Before It’s Too Late
    February 12, 2024 3:56 pm | By 52560

    Five Executive Orders Biden Can Issue To Protect Elections Before It’s Too Late

    First published in The Hill. With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries in the rearview mirror, Election Day 2024 is closing in fast. That means a few more months of a flawed but functioning democracy, with no clue what comes…

  • Op-Ed
    Norman Lear: A Hollywood Legend’s Lasting DC Legacy
    February 5, 2024 3:51 pm | By 52560

    Norman Lear: A Hollywood Legend’s Lasting DC Legacy

    First Published in The Hill. On the recent Emmy Awards broadcast, actor and director Rob Reiner paid tribute to People for the American Way founder, the late Norman Lear, with a Yiddish word that he said described Norman’s genius: “kochleffel.” Kochleffel is “a ladle…

  • Op-Ed
    Clarence Thomas Cannot Be Allowed To Decide if Trump is Above the Law
    January 30, 2024 3:26 pm | By 52560

    Clarence Thomas Cannot Be Allowed To Decide if Trump is Above the Law

    First published in The Hill. It’s safe to say the D.C. Federal Circuit Court doesn’t often generate plots that could work as movie thrillers. Glance at its docket and you’ll see an alphabet soup of cases involving the IRS, the Federal Energy…

  • Op-Ed
    State governments are ready and waiting to strip citizens’ rights in 2024
    January 11, 2024 6:42 pm | By 52560

    State governments are ready and waiting to strip citizens’ rights in 2024

    The whole country has now witnessed a nightmare worthy of “The Handmaid’s Tale” unfold for a Texas woman, Kate Cox. After a court denied the abortion her doctors said was medically necessary, Cox was forced to flee her home state to…

  • Op-Ed
    Our rights are at risk: There’s no time to waste on judicial confirmations
    December 19, 2023 5:01 pm | By 52560

    Our rights are at risk: There’s no time to waste on judicial confirmations

    First published in The Hill. On Nov. 20, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, caused an earthquake in the civil rights world. The court ruled that despite over 50 years of precedent, private parties (meaning people…

  • Op-Ed
    Giving Thanks for the Selfless Heroes Fighting for the Soul of Democracy
    December 5, 2023 11:41 am | By 52560

    Giving Thanks for the Selfless Heroes Fighting for the Soul of Democracy

    First published in The Hill. Thanksgiving always brings a mix of emotions. The history of the holiday is fraught, and this year the world is plagued by terrible wars. We long for a Thanksgiving without war, oppression or cruelty. Without pain…

  • Op-Ed
    Outreach, not blame, can bring Black voters to the polls
    November 6, 2023 3:57 pm | By

    Outreach, not blame, can bring Black voters to the polls

    Last week, Louisiana voters chose a new governor, Jeff Landry. I say the “voters chose” him but what really happened was that only a small fraction — about 36 percent of registered voters statewide — even turned out at all, in what’s described…

  • Op-Ed
    Svante Myrick for The Hill: The fantasy that indictments will stop Donald Trump is fading fast
    October 30, 2023 4:20 pm | By 52560

    Svante Myrick for The Hill: The fantasy that indictments will stop Donald Trump is fading fast

    You can find anything on the internet, and one of those things is a countdown clock that tracks exactly how many days, hours, minutes and seconds remain until Election Day 2024. As those minutes slip by and former President Trump continues to…

  • Op-Ed
    The Conservative Juggernaut That’s Quietly Writing the Majority Out of US Laws
    October 23, 2023 6:42 pm | By 52560

    The Conservative Juggernaut That’s Quietly Writing the Majority Out of US Laws

    First published in The Hill. Last Wednesday, partygoers gathered at the National Portrait Gallery in downtown D.C. for a lavish event celebrating the 50 anniversary of the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. It’s probably safe to say that outside of…

  • Op-Ed
    No Labels’ Friendly Facade Masks its Threat to America’s Future
    October 10, 2023 4:59 pm | By 52560

    No Labels’ Friendly Facade Masks its Threat to America’s Future

    First published in The Hill. “Can we all get along?” More than 30 years ago, after Los Angeles police officers charged with beating him were acquitted at trial, Rodney King asked that plaintive question that has gone down in history. His…

  • Op-Ed
    Virginia’s Elections Are a Bellwether for Conservative Policy Nationwide
    October 2, 2023 5:26 pm | By 52560

    Virginia’s Elections Are a Bellwether for Conservative Policy Nationwide

    First published in The Hill. In just a few days, the first votes will be cast in elections that face intense scrutiny every time — and never more so than this year. Early voting in Virginia’s off-year statewide elections starts Friday. …

  • Op-Ed
    The Right’s War on Prosecutors is a Direct Attack on Voters
    September 22, 2023 4:24 pm | By 52560

    The Right’s War on Prosecutors is a Direct Attack on Voters

    At every chapter in our history, new crises create new heroes. Right now, the two who are shining the brightest are District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia and suspended State Attorney Monique Worrell in Florida. These Black women prosecutors earned election to…

  • Op-Ed
    The Latest Hit to the Supreme Court’s Credibility Shows it Won’t Police Itself
    September 15, 2023 5:12 pm | By 52560

    The Latest Hit to the Supreme Court’s Credibility Shows it Won’t Police Itself

    First published in The Hill. And the hits just keep on coming. Recently, after receiving an extension on the deadline to file legally-required disclosures for 2022, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas submitted records that reveal yet more favors and perks from billionaire…

  • Op-Ed
    Bogus ‘Edutainment’ May Be Coming To a Classroom Near You
    September 13, 2023 4:59 pm | By 52560

    Bogus ‘Edutainment’ May Be Coming To a Classroom Near You

    If you’re a parent or student in America this fall, watch out: “edutainment” could be coming to your school. What’s “edutainment”? It’s what PragerU, a business that is not a university at all but a media shop run by right-wing…

  • Op-Ed
    Republicans have made it clear: No state is safe from abortion bans
    September 11, 2023 5:44 pm | By 52560

    Republicans have made it clear: No state is safe from abortion bans

    Previously published in The Hill. Most Americans believe abortion should be legal in most cases. In every state where voters have voted on the issue since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, voters have sided with reproductive freedom and against abortion bans. But the…

  • Op-Ed
    Even if Trump Skips the Debates, His Indictments Will Take Center Stage
    September 5, 2023 6:38 pm | By 52560

    Even if Trump Skips the Debates, His Indictments Will Take Center Stage

    First published in The Hill. The first Republican presidential primary debate is two days away, and for the first time ever it comes on the heels of multiple indictments of a leading candidate. That candidate, former President Trump, may skip the debate in lieu of an online…

  • Op-Ed
    How Small Cities Can Become the Biggest Leaders in the Climate Fight
    August 25, 2023 12:24 pm | By 52560

    How Small Cities Can Become the Biggest Leaders in the Climate Fight

    First published in The Hill This could be the coldest summer of the rest of our lives. So say researchers around the world, even while we are living through a broiling season and setting new heat records almost every day. Across the…

  • Op-Ed
    How to Spot the Truth in a Sea of Disinformation
    May 3, 2023 4:36 pm | By 109376

    How to Spot the Truth in a Sea of Disinformation

    At People For, standing up for truth is our mission, and that mission has gotten increasingly difficult lately. With seemingly constant attacks on the truth from the Far Right, whether it’s teaching truth in schools or expecting our political leaders…

  • Op-Ed
    Keep Fighting Back Against Censorship
    April 28, 2023 3:54 pm | By 52560

    Keep Fighting Back Against Censorship

    This op-ed distributed by Trice Edney Newswire Every year, the American Library Association unveils its list of the top ten most-challenged books for the previous year. And this year, Number One is the same as last year’s Number One: the…