People For the American Way

PFAW: Coronavirus Crisis Calls for Debate Coverage of Government’s Role

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2020

Contact: Kawana Lloyd at People For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 202-467-2335

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In advance of Sunday’s Democratic presidential primary debate, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

“The coronavirus pandemic frames an important discussion around the role of government in protecting the health and safety of all of us, and Sunday’s debate should absolutely focus on this issue.  In the current crisis, we need a government that works for real people, not corporations.  We also need to remember what a critical role courts and judges play in sustaining such a government, and to hear from candidates that they understand that role. The current administration has been giving us federal judges who are actively opposed to social safety net programs of the kind that are urgently needed in a pandemic, including access to affordable health care. That is deeply dangerous and candidates must offer an alternative vision when they speak Sunday night.”

About People For the American Way

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.