People For the American Way (PFAW)

People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
PFAW: House Republicans Propose Taking Food Away from Families to Help Crush Strikes
A group of House Republicans has introduced a bill ( H.R. 1135 ) that, among other reductions to essential welfare programs, denies food stamps to families who have a member on strike. The food stamp provision was first reported by Think Progress.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
As Smithsonian Continues to Duck Controversy, PFAW Report Draws Lessons On How Not to Respond to Political Bullies
A new report from People For the American Way draws lessons on ways institutions can respond to right-wing-generated controversies, by evaluating the chain of events that led to the Smithsonian’s removal of a work of art from the National Portrait Gallery.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
PFAW Urges Congress to Repeal DOMA Immediately
Today, members of the House and Senate introduced measures to repeal the “Defense of Marriage Act,” which for fifteen years has encoded discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans into federal law. Last month, the Obama administration decided to stop defending the law’s Section 3, which violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause, against legal challenges. The repeal effort is being led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler in the House and Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the Senate.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Stand Against Union-Busting
On Wednesday night, Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate rammed a union-busting bill through the Senate. The bill is opposed by 74 percent of Wisconsin citizens and has inspired protests throughout the nation.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Progressive Groups Criticize King for Targeting Muslims
A group of over 50 progressive organizations, including People For the American Way, sent a letter to Rep. Peter King yesterday expressing concern over King’s plan to hold hearings targeting American Muslims. The letter states, “While we all take the threat of terrorism seriously, we see no productive outcome in singling out a particular community for examination in what appears to be little more than a political show-trial.”
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Citizenship in the Balance: New Report Examines Right-Wing Efforts to Repeal Constitutional Citizenship
Efforts to deny the right of citizenship to some children born in the United States not only stand on shaky constitutional and historical ground, but threaten to drown out productive debate on immigration reform with misleading anti-immigrant rhetoric, argues a new report from People For the American Way.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
PFAW: Indiana Official Who Encouraged Violence Against Protesters Should Resign
The Indiana deputy attorney general who called for the use of violence against pro-union protesters in Wisconsin should resign immediately, said People For the American Way President Michael Keegan today.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
PFAW: House Passes Devastating Amendment in Latest Attack in the GOP's War on Women
Moments ago, the House passed an amendment from Rep. Mike Pence that would eliminate all federal funding to Planned Parenthood clinics, which provide critical health services to millions of women each year.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
PFAW Stands With Wisconsin's Public Workers
Thousands of public employees in Wisconsin are protesting this week in response to Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to strip public employee unions in the state of their collective bargaining rights and to reduce benefits to public workers. Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
PFAW: Backlash Against SD Anti-Choice Bill Proves Voters Want Jobs, Not Attacks on Women
A proposed bill in South Dakota that would have classified murders of abortion doctors as “justifiable homicide” has been shelved after a national outcry, according to news reports. The bill, the latest in a series of attacks on women from state and federal lawmakers, drew outrage from pro-choice groups, including People For the American Way. Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:
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