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  • Op-Ed
    Our Diversity is Our Strength: White Supremacy Has No Place in America Today
    August 15, 2017 1:44 pm | By 45589

    Our Diversity is Our Strength: White Supremacy Has No Place in America Today

    This post originally appeared on HuffPost. Nine years ago this month I arrived in the United States to attend Union College in Schenectady, NY, where I finished my undergraduate studies. I still remember the very first thing I noticed the…

  • Op-Ed
    Sessions: Tell the Truth About Your Project to Attack Campus Diversity Efforts
    August 4, 2017 5:22 pm | By 28186

    Sessions: Tell the Truth About Your Project to Attack Campus Diversity Efforts

    This piece was originally published on HuffPost. Earlier this week it was widely reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was planning “a new project to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they determine discriminate against white applicants.” A…

  • Op-Ed
    Trump’s Nativist Attacks on Immigrants Weaken Our Country
    August 3, 2017 4:33 pm | By 45589

    Trump’s Nativist Attacks on Immigrants Weaken Our Country

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. As a green card holder myself, I can tell you from personal experience that immigrants fight really hard and struggle so much to obtain their green cards. They do that because they want to…

  • Op-Ed
    Khizr Khan: Anti-Muslim Vitriol Has Deadly Consequences
    July 31, 2017 10:25 am | By 53561

    Khizr Khan: Anti-Muslim Vitriol Has Deadly Consequences

    In the wake of a rising number of anti-Muslim attacks, the introduction of “anti-sharia” state laws, and a president that knowingly provokes fear and hatred of religious and ethnic minorities, the "March Against Sharia" events that took place last month…

  • Op-Ed
    The Real Reasons Why Jeff Sessions is a Failure as Attorney General
    July 27, 2017 2:49 pm | By 28186

    The Real Reasons Why Jeff Sessions is a Failure as Attorney General

    This post originally appeared in the HuffPost. With all the attention lately on President Trump’s complaints about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, there has been very little focus on the genuine problems with Sessions’ job performance. In six key areas –…

  • Op-Ed
    Rural Arts Funding Threatened by the Trump Administration
    June 14, 2017 9:45 am | By 55416

    Rural Arts Funding Threatened by the Trump Administration

    The Trump administration’s recent budget proposal aims to take a sledgehammer to many critical federal programs, starkly revealing in dollars and cents which public needs are being threatened by the new administration. Among the many proposed cuts to vital programs…

  • Op-Ed
    Apocalypse Preparation Industry Seeks New Sources of Fear
    June 9, 2017 1:35 pm | By 55416

    Apocalypse Preparation Industry Seeks New Sources of Fear

    Over the course of President Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office, a cottage industry of doomsday salesmen blossomed: entrepreneurial conspiracy theorists who, purportedly motivated by signs of impending disaster, sold survival gear to those who believed that some great calamity…

  • Op-Ed
    The Other Special Prosecutor We Need
    May 31, 2017 11:27 am | By 53561

    The Other Special Prosecutor We Need

    The investigations into the Trump administration’s potential dealings with the Russian government during the 2016 election are picking up steam and gaining wider attention, but People For the American Way’s Arn Pearson sees another scandal growing that also deserves more…

  • Op-Ed
    The Disastrous Consequences if Justice Kennedy Resigns From the Supreme Court While Trump is President
    May 9, 2017 4:34 pm | By 28186

    The Disastrous Consequences if Justice Kennedy Resigns From the Supreme Court While Trump is President

    This post previously appeared on the Huffington Post. Stimulated by comments from Republican Senator Charles Grassley and unnamed White House sources, speculation is rampant that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire from the Supreme Court this summer. For the values and rights that…

  • Op-Ed
    Women’s Health Is on the Chopping Block, Again
    April 26, 2017 3:57 pm | By 28184

    Women’s Health Is on the Chopping Block, Again

    This post originally appeared on OtherWords.org. Defunding Planned Parenthood could cause a national health crisis for low-income women — and men, too. My nieces, who range in age from 17 to 25, grew up in a very different world from…

  • Op-Ed
    RIP Jonathan Demme
    April 26, 2017 2:02 pm | By 28178

    RIP Jonathan Demme

    People For the American Way Foundation board members and staff offer heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jonathan Demme, an Oscar-winning director and a friend to the organization since its inception. Demme died at his home this morning…

  • Op-Ed
    100 Days in the New White House Swamp
    April 26, 2017 10:03 am | By 28189

    100 Days in the New White House Swamp

    This post originally appeared in HuffPost. As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, D.C., “make our government honest again,” and “put America first,” while deriding his opponents for being in the pockets of…

  • Op-Ed
    When It Comes to Investing In Youth, Progressives Should Take a Page from the Right-Wing Playbook
    April 18, 2017 8:29 am | By 53561

    When It Comes to Investing In Youth, Progressives Should Take a Page from the Right-Wing Playbook

    “The grassroots energy awakened by the 2016 election marks a real opportunity for reinvigorating the left,” write Christin “Cici” Battle,  director of People For the American Way Foundation's Young People For program, and Maggie Thompson, executive director of Generation Progress,…

  • Op-Ed
    Safe and Accountable Policing in Black Communities Must Remain a Top Priority
    April 12, 2017 10:36 am | By 28183

    Safe and Accountable Policing in Black Communities Must Remain a Top Priority

    This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of reform agreements that are currently in place with a number of police departments across the country. Baltimore activist Kwame Rose wrote that…

  • Op-Ed
    Gorsuch Would Move the Supreme Court in the Wrong Direction on Money in Politics
    March 20, 2017 3:28 pm | By 28189

    Gorsuch Would Move the Supreme Court in the Wrong Direction on Money in Politics

    Who the Senate confirms to fill the current vacancy at the U.S. Supreme Court will determine the nature of our elections for decades to come. The Court is closely divided on the issue of whether to further open the floodgates…

  • Op-Ed
    Gorsuch’s Bush Administration Service Reveals Dangerous Views on Presidential Authority
    March 18, 2017 4:57 pm | By 28186

    Gorsuch’s Bush Administration Service Reveals Dangerous Views on Presidential Authority

    This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. A key question about the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is his views on presidential authority—will he defer to President Trump on controversial issues like Trump’s immigration ban and…

  • Op-Ed
    I Fled Persecution In Iraq, But Now I Fear For My Future In America
    March 14, 2017 2:21 pm | By 45589

    I Fled Persecution In Iraq, But Now I Fear For My Future In America

    This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Last week President Trump issued a “new” executive order targeting refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries. While it includes changes from the first order, make no mistake: this is another Muslim…

  • Op-Ed
    Why Trump’s Conduct Means that the Gorsuch Hearings Cannot Go Forward
    March 8, 2017 3:13 pm | By 28186

    Why Trump’s Conduct Means that the Gorsuch Hearings Cannot Go Forward

    This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. The hearings on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court are scheduled to start in less than two weeks, on March 20. Voices have raised legitimate concerns that the hearings…

  • Op-Ed
    Sessions’ Credibility is Shot
    March 2, 2017 5:47 pm | By 53561

    Sessions’ Credibility is Shot

    People For's Arn Pearson knows that we cannot trust Attorney General Jeff Sessions. During his confirmation hearings, Sessions misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about his multiple contacts with Russian officials. These lies about Russia were not the only ethical issues…

  • Op-Ed
    Gorsuch Nomination Threatens the Rights of Everyday Americans
    March 1, 2017 1:25 am | By 42696

    Gorsuch Nomination Threatens the Rights of Everyday Americans

    When it comes to the rights of workers trying to stand up to unfair practices, Gorsuch’s record is downright frightening. This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court should trouble…