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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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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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
PFAW Praises Yarmuth-Jones Amendment to Protect Democratic Principles
Today, Congressmen John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced a constitutional amendment to restore fairness to our electoral system. The resolution addresses harm caused by the Supreme Court’s flawed decision in Citizens United by declaring that spending on elections does not qualify as protected speech under the First Amendment, giving Congress the authority to create a public financing system as the sole source of funding for federal elections and designating a national holiday for the purpose of voting.
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Thursday, December 08, 2011
PFAW: Senate GOP Chooses Big Banks Over Consumers, Blocks Cordray Nomination
In a nearly party-line vote today, Senate Republicans continued to block the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Bureau has had to function without a leader since its establishment last year, preventing it from doing critical parts of its work. 45 Senate Republicans signed a letter in May refusing to confirm any nominee to the post unless the Bureau’s power to protect consumers is substantially weakened.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
PFAW Praises Ellison Amendment to Reverse Citizens United
Representative Keith Ellison (MN-5) introduced the “Get Corporate Money Out of Politics Amendment” today, a constitutional amendment that would empower Congress to regulate corporate influence in elections. The amendment would reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which granted corporations the same free speech rights as individual citizens to influence elections, resulting in a surge of corporate cash influencing our democratic process.
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Friday, November 18, 2011
PFAW Foundation Invites Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to Debate Arts Censorship and Religious Freedom
People For the American Way Foundation President Michael Keegan has invited Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to a public debate on arts censorship and religious liberty in light of the controversy over a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
PFAW Applauds House Introduction of Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United
Rep. Betty Sutton, Democrat of Ohio, joined by Reps. Martin Heinrich, Chellie Pingree, Jesse Jackson Jr. and Jim McDermott, introduced yesterday a constitutional amendment (H.J. Res. 86) to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen’s United v. FEC, which granted corporations the same free speech rights as people to spend money in support of or against candidates for office. This flawed decision has led to an unprecedented flood of corporate money in elections across the United States.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
PFAW Applauds Committee Vote on Respect For Marriage Act
The Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill is cosponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 29 other Democrats. Representative Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) companion bill has bipartisan support in the House.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
PFAW Commends Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United
To restore the ability of Congress and the states to regulate corporate influence in elections, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Mark Begich (D-AK) have introduced a constitutional amendment that would reverse the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC .
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Friday, October 28, 2011
PFAW Foundation Report: The Right to Vote Under Attack
A new Right Wing Watch: In Focus report by People For the American Way Foundation reveals how the Right Wing distorts and exaggerates the impact of improper voting in order to implement policies that keep millions of eligible Americans from casting votes.
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