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.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
New Report Examines Political Activities of Bishop Harry Jackson, Face of the Religious Right's Outreach to African Americans
A new report released today by People For the American Way Foundation examines the political activities of Bishop Harry Jackson, who has emerged as the leading African American voice of the Religious Right political movement. The Maryland-based Jackson, who helped organize religious leaders to back anti-gay ballot initiatives in 2008, is now waging a campaign in the District of Columbia against the Council's move toward marriage equality. He is hosting an ant
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Hate Crimes Legislation Passes House Judiciary Committee
The House Judiciary Committee today voted 15 to 12 to send the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913) to the floor for a vote. People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement: “Today’s vote is a very positive step towards passing this bill into law. I’m extremely optimistic that this year we’ll finally be able to enact hate crimes legislation that includes protections against violence based on disability status, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity.
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Monday, April 20, 2009
Kathleen Turner Phone Calls Support Confirmation of Dawn Johnsen
Beginning today, residents of nine states will be receiving automated calls featuring the voice of actress Kathleen Turner supporting the confirmation of Dawn Johnsen. The calls urge constituents to call targeted Senators to demand that they support Johnsen, President Obama's nominee to lead the Office of Legal Counsel.
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Friday, April 17, 2009
White House Releases Bush Torture Memos
Yesterday, the White House released a set of torture memos drafted by the Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush Administration. The memos attempted to justify brutal treatment of detainees, including slamming subjects against wall, striking them repeatedly in the face and abdomen, confining them to small boxes, and threatening them with stinging insects. People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement:
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Friday, April 03, 2009
Unanimous Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Marriage Equality Ruling
A unanimous Iowa Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the equal protection clause of the state's constitution. People For the American Way Foundation, which was amicus in the case, welcomed the decision as a victory for core constitutional and American values.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
David Ogden Confirmed as Deputy Attorney General
Today the Senate voted 65-28 to confirm David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General. People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Republicans Threaten to Block Obama’s Judges
In a letter released yesterday, all 41 Senate Republicans threatened to filibuster President Obama’s judicial nominees unless they were given veto power over judges from their states. The letter also demanded that President Obama renominate Bush nominees like Peter Keisler, Glen Conrad and Paul Diamond.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Dobson Steps Down as Chair of Focus on the Family
In response to news reports that James Dobson is stepping down as the chairman of Focus on the Family, People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement: James Dobson may be stepping down, but he's not stepping off the field. Dobson will continue hosting his national radio show and pushing his far right agenda under the cover of folksy advice.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Supreme Court Rules Religious Monuments to be Government Speech
The Supreme Court today ruled that religious monuments on government property constitute government speech in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum . People For the American Way Foundation President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Obama Should Stick to Constitutional Principles on Faith Based Programs
President Obama today announced that he will create a White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, but did not use the same opportunity to rescind the Bush-administration policy making it legal for recipients of faith-based funding to discriminate in providing services. News reports indicated that he would ask the Justice Department to review the policy which allows those same organizations to discriminate in hiring. People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:
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