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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Friday, June 15, 2012
PFAW Condemns Latest GOP Excuse to Block Judicial Nominations
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that he will block the confirmations of federal circuit court nominees from now until after the November elections, citing what he claims is a Senate tradition sometimes called the “Thurmond Rule.” Ten percent of federal judgeships are vacant, creating caseload backlogs so large that 30 of those seats are considered “judicial emergencies.”
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
PFAW Foundation Applauds First Circuit DOMA Ruling
A unanimous three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower-court ruling which held that Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. The panel included two Republican appointees. Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation, issued the following statement:
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Amazon.com Drops ALEC, PFAW Encourages Others to Follow
Amazon.com is now the 16th major corporation to cut ties to the American Legislative Council (ALEC), according to reports. The announcement came after more than 500,000 petition signatures– collected by People For the American Way, ColorOfChange.org, CREDO Mobile, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, SumOfUs and Fuse Washington – were delivered at an event outside the company’s shareholder meeting in Seattle. The petition called on Amazon.com and other corporations to stop funding ALEC, of which Amazon.com had been a member since 2011.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
PFAW Calls on WI Legislators, Governor to Return Funds Tied to ALEC
Today, People For the American Way called on Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and ALEC-member state legislators to return campaign contributions from ALEC-member corporations and renounce the organization’s extreme agenda.
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Friday, May 11, 2012
Good Government Advocates Call on Governor to Sign CT Disclosure Bill
A coalition of good government groups including Common Cause, People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Demos, Credo Action and others are calling on Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy to sign the Emergency Certified Changes to Campaign Finance Laws and other Election Laws just passed by the General Assembly. The bill would require public disclosure of major corporate and individual donors to Super PACs and other independent groups, bringing increased transparency and accountability to Connecticut’s elections.
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012
PFAW President Michael Keegan Responds to President Obama’s Endorsement of Marriage Equality
In response to President Obama’s public comments in support of marriage equality, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan issued the following statement.
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Monday, May 07, 2012
PFAW: White House Summit Signals Priority on Ending Judicial Obstruction
Today, representatives from People For the American Way joined with advocacy groups and concerned citizens from across the country to meet with Obama administration officials about ending the vacancy crisis in America’s federal courts. Groups concerned about the judicial vacancy crisis issued a joint statement, which can be found here .
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Romney Surrenders to Religious Right, Forces Out Gay Spokesman
Today, Mitt Romney spokesman Richard Grenell, who is openly gay, resigned from his job on the Romney campaign. Grenell’s hiring less than two weeks ago provoked harsh criticism among Religious Right activists including the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, former FRC president Gary Bauer and the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. Fischer went so far as to suggest that Grenell posed a national security risk, as reported by People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch. Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:
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Monday, April 23, 2012
PFAW Report: The Anti-Gay Lobby’s Pro-Bullying Agenda
As students around the country participated Friday’s “Day of Silence” to show solidarity with bullied LGBT children and teens, anti-gay activists continued to step up their efforts to prevent schools from protecting bullied students. A new report from People For the American Way details the efforts of right-wing activists and organizations to prevent school districts from implementing strong anti-bullying policies that protect LGBT and LGBT-perceived students.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Romney and Bork, a Dangerous Team: People For the American Way Campaign Exposes Romney’s Embrace of Judicial Extremism
Today, People For the American Way launched a major new campaign – including a website, a web ad and an exclusive report – exposing Mitt Romney’s dangerous agenda for America’s courts.
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