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 15, 2012
Senate Confirms Groh and Fitzgerald; Votes Should be the Norm, Not the Exception
The Senate today voted overwhelmingly to confirm two nominees to federal district courts, Gina Groh of West Virginia and Michael Fitzgerald of California’s Central District. Both nominees had been waiting over four months - Groh more than five - for votes from the full Senate, despite having received unanimous approval from the Judiciary Committee. They were the first nominees to receive votes as part of a Senate deal to move forward on 14 of 22 deliberately stalled judicial nominations.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
As Senate Cuts Deal to Move Some Judicial Nominees, PFAW Urges GOP to End Partisan Obstruction
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly reached an agreement this afternoon to begin to alleviate the backlog of judicial nominees created by GOP obstruction. According to reports, Republicans will allow votes on 14 pending district and circuit nominees by May 7 th , the first seven before the end of this month.
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Thursday, March 08, 2012
PFAW Report: The Mythical Martyrdom of Jerry Boykin
A new People For the American Way Right Wing Watch: In Focus report identifies the techniques used by Religious Right leaders to portray themselves as victims of an assault on religious liberty. The report , The Mythical Martyrdom of Jerry Boykin , examines the anti-Muslim extremism of Retired Lt. Gen. Boykin that derailed an offer to speak at West Point Military Academy, as well as the tactics he employs to legitimize his own religious and political agenda.
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Thursday, March 01, 2012
Romney Needs to Make Up His Mind About Birth Control
Yesterday afternoon, presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a reporter that he would not support the Senate’s Blunt amendment, which would endanger access to reproductive care for as many as 20 million American women , sa
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
50 Organizations Present Letter to Congress Requesting Hearings on Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
Reflecting the millions of Americans concerned about the undue influence wielded by corporations and wealthy special interests in our democracy, 50 organizations have jointly signed and presented a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting hearings to explore constitutional remedies to overturn the Supreme Court’s flawed decision in Citizens United v. FEC and related cases.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
GOP Presidential Candidates Should Denounce Bigotry of White Nationalist Featured at CPAC
People For the American Way today called on GOP presidential candidates to speak out against the inclusion of a white nationalist leader this week at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2012
PFAW Commends Ninth Circuit Ruling on Prop 8
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the district court decision striking down California’s Proposition 8, which bans marriage equality in the state. Michael Keegan, president of People For the American Way, issued the following statement in response: “Today’s ruling is a major victory for equality and for the thousands of California couples who saw their marriage rights disappear four years ago.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
A Movement Moment: Growing Support for Overturning Citizens United
More than 60 organizations have now joined the effort to combat the anti-democratic corporate and special interest spending in our elections made possible by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC , by supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn that decision.
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Monday, January 09, 2012
Americans Mobilize For Constitutional Amendment to Restore Our Democracy on Second Anniversary of Citizens United
The January 21 st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s flawed decision in Citizens United v. FEC marks two years of unchecked, often undisclosed corporate and special interest money in our elections. This month, progressive organizations, religious institutions, elected officials and thousands of activists and concerned Americans across the country are taking a stand and declaring that our democracy should respond to the needs of the 99% – and is not for sale to the highest bidder.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
PFAW Applauds President for Appointing Cordray; Recess Appointment a Necessary and Proper Response to GOP Obstruction
In a move to ensure the functioning of an important consumer protection agency in the face of escalating GOP obstructionism, the White House announced that President Obama will install Richard Cordray as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a recess appointment today. Marge Baker of People For the American Way issued the following statement:
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