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  • Op-Ed
    Pennsylvania Faith Leader to Sen. Bob Casey: Moral Leadership Calls On You to #StopGorsuch
    February 13, 2017 12:20 pm | By 41734

    Pennsylvania Faith Leader to Sen. Bob Casey: Moral Leadership Calls On You to #StopGorsuch

    Citizens across the country have a range of reasons for opposing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. For Reverend Dr. Robert P. Shine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it's a question of moral leadership. On Saturday, The Philadelphia Tribune published…

  • Op-Ed
    Fellow Missouri Elected Official Urges Senator McCaskill to #StopGorsuch
    February 13, 2017 12:19 pm | By 41734

    Fellow Missouri Elected Official Urges Senator McCaskill to #StopGorsuch

    We're continuing to hear from new voices across the country publicly urging their senators to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. On Friday, a letter from Jermaine Reed, Third District councilman in Kansas City, appeared in The…

  • Op-Ed
    Montana LGBTQ Leader to Senator Tester: #StopGorsuch
    February 9, 2017 8:09 pm | By 41734

    Montana LGBTQ Leader to Senator Tester: #StopGorsuch

    The most important part of our #StopGorsuch campaign is that senators hear from you–their constituents—about why Judge Neil Gorsuch is an unacceptable nominee to serve on the Supreme Court. On Monday, a letter from Doug Ingraham, a leader in Montana's…

  • Op-Ed
    North Dakota Activist Takes #StopGorsuch Message to Senator Heitkamp
    February 9, 2017 8:09 pm | By 41734

    North Dakota Activist Takes #StopGorsuch Message to Senator Heitkamp

    Momentum to oppose President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is building across the country. Today a letter from North Dakota activist Kate Black appeared in The Bismarck Tribune. Black urged Senator Heidi Heitkamp to oppose Judge Gorsuch, based…

  • Op-Ed
    Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Would Leave All of Us Vulnerable
    February 8, 2017 6:26 pm | By 28178

    Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Would Leave All of Us Vulnerable

    The courts are meant to protect all Americans, but Neil Gorsuch thinks otherwise. One of the primary purposes of the U.S. Constitution is to establish justice. It’s right there in the opening words: “We the people, in order to form…

  • Op-Ed
    We Need a Supreme Court that Will Check Trump—Judge Gorsuch Won’t
    February 6, 2017 4:26 pm | By 41734

    We Need a Supreme Court that Will Check Trump—Judge Gorsuch Won’t

    As part of our #StopGorsuch campaign, Marge Baker, People For the American Way's executive vice president, wrote on Sunday for The Hill about the dangers that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch poses when what we need most in America…

  • Op-Ed
    Gorsuch is to the Right of Scalia on the “Chevron Doctrine”—Here’s Why it Matters
    February 1, 2017 7:27 pm | By 28186

    Gorsuch is to the Right of Scalia on the “Chevron Doctrine”—Here’s Why it Matters

    This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. In preliminary looks at the record of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, reports have already suggested that he is more conservative than Justice Scalia was on the so-called Chevron…

  • Op-Ed
    What’s Next for Black America After Obama
    January 24, 2017 12:07 pm | By 28183

    What’s Next for Black America After Obama

    This piece was originally published on Medium. January 20, 2009 awakened a new sense of cultural and historical pride for many Black Americans as we witnessed the inauguration and swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the…

  • Op-Ed
    November 23, 2016 5:00 am | By 28192

    Donald Trump’s Religious Bigotry Isn’t New, But It’s Still Dangerous

    This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post. A disloyal religion. A religion that mandates violence. A religion incompatible with freedom. A religion intent on overthrowing the government. A religion that’s not a religion but a political movement. Such smears were used for years…

  • Op-Ed
    November 18, 2016 7:32 pm | By 28179

    We Can’t Win a Fight We’re Not In

    This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. In this wrenching week, I have been thinking about something my former boss Paul Wellstone liked to say: “You’ve got to start a fight to win a fight.” An animated professor-turned-senator from…

  • Op-Ed
    Senate GOP Keeping Court Vacancies Open So Trump Can Transform America’s Judiciary
    July 13, 2016 3:09 pm | By 28188

    Senate GOP Keeping Court Vacancies Open So Trump Can Transform America’s Judiciary

    This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post. The Constitution sets up an independent judiciary as the third branch of government, intended to protect people’s rights and to serve as a check on the power of the other two branches. Our…

  • Op-Ed
    April 1, 2016 4:00 am | By 28184

    Supreme Court Obstruction is Continuation of GOP’s Disrespect for First African American President

    This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post. From the right-wing obsession with President Obama’s birth certificate to a GOP Representative interrupting one of his speeches by yelling “you lie,” our nation’s firstAfrican American president has endured an unprecedented level…

  • Op-Ed
    February 27, 2016 5:00 am | By 42850

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bill is Bad for Our State

    This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post. I am one who believes that we must be vigilant about protecting true religious liberty, which has been a guiding principle throughout our country's history. As the First Amendment makes clear, all…

  • Op-Ed
    Why The Right’s Response To Marriage Equality Is Anything But Principled
    June 30, 2015 6:10 pm | By 28188

    Why The Right’s Response To Marriage Equality Is Anything But Principled

    This post by PFAW and PFAW Foundation Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon was originally published in the Huffington Post.  Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and other conservative leaders have recently lashed out against the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality by proclaiming that…

  • Op-Ed
    Mike Boggs’ Record Catches Up to Him
    September 23, 2014 3:23 pm | By 28188

    Mike Boggs’ Record Catches Up to Him

    This post was originally published at the Huffington Post. This is a good day for Americans who care about our federal courts. According to press reports, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has said that Georgia federal district court nominee Mike…

  • Op-Ed
    The Victims of the Religious Right
    August 22, 2014 2:57 pm | By 28188

    The Victims of the Religious Right

    This post was originally published at the Huffington Post.  Yesterday's marriage equality ruling from a federal district court in Florida, like so many before it, strikes down laws preventing same-sex couples from marrying. And like all the ones before it, this…