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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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Violence Never An Option Against Peaceful Protests
Law enforcement officials broke up the Oakland offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests this week with tear gas and, some protestors say, rubber bullets. An Iraq veteran who was hit in the head with a projectile is currently in critical condition with a fractured skull. Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way Foundation, said:
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Friday, October 14, 2011
House Republicans Push Dangerous Social Agenda
People For the American Way criticized the House for passing H.R. 358 yesterday, which seriously endangers women’s health. This bill would take away abortion coverage for those who already have it, prevent others from obtaining coverage even through private insurance and give states the power to make private medical decisions.
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Who’s Who at the Values Voter Summit: A Guide to the Anti-Gay, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Mormon, Anti-Choice Activists Spending the Weekend with the GOP
This weekend, nearly every major GOP presidential candidate, along with the top two Republicans in the House of Representatives, will speak at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of the leaders of the movement to integrate fundamentalist Christianity and American politics.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Romney to Share Stage with Bryan Fischer; PFAW Urges Candidates to Denounce Bigotry
At next week’s Values Voter Summit, Mitt Romney is scheduled to take the stage immediately before Bryan Fischer, an American Family Association spokesman with a long and shocking record of bigotry against gays and lesbians, American Muslims, Native Americans and other minority groups. Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum are also scheduled to speak at the event, which is sponsored by the anti-gay Family Research Council, the AFA, and other Religious Right groups.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Pressure Begins to Yield Results as Senate Takes Steps to Confirm 10 Judicial Nominees
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced last night that agreement had been reached for the Senate to consider ten of President Obama’s judicial nominees over the next two weeks as part of a time agreement made with Senate Republicans. The move comes after months of Republican delay and obstruction created a backlog of 27 judicial nominees waiting for votes on the Senate floor. The vast majority of those nominees faced no opposition in the Judiciary Committee and had the support of their home state senators.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Romney Still Thinks Corporations are People. They Still Aren’t
Campaigning in Florida today, Mitt Romney doubled down on his claim that “corporations are people.” “I was in Iowa the other day, and people suggested that we just raise taxes on corporations,” Romney said, according to Politico . “I told them, corporations are people…Raising taxes on corporations is raising taxes on people.”
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
PFAW: Perry and ‘Treason’
In a presidential campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a crowd that the Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s emergency economic plan to print more money was “almost treasonous.” “I don't know what you all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” the governor said. The video was captured by Think Progress. Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way, said:
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Monday, August 15, 2011
New PFAW Ad in New Hampshire Asks, ‘Mitt Romney: Man of the People?’
People For the American Way today released a new TV ad in New Hampshire, challenging presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent assertion that “corporations are people.” In an event in Iowa last week, Romney responded to an audience member who suggested that he be open to raising taxes on corporations, “Corporations are people, my friend. Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Americans Hurt by ALEC "Model Bills" Speak Out at ALEC Annual Meeting as Corporate Members & Politicians Vote on More State Legislation
On Wednesday, August 3, a teacher, a small business owner, a reverend and a disenfranchised voter will speak out at a press conference to unveil the real human toll of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s "model bills." ALEC is a vehicle by which corporations and politicians collaborate on blueprints for pro-corporate legislation to bring back to the states. WHAT : A Press Conference to Give Voice to the Victims of the ALEC Agenda
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
PFAW Applauds Senators’ Push to End DOMA
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Senator Dianne Feinstein and Chairman Patrick Leahy are leading the push to end the discriminatory law, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples and has kept thousands of married couples from enjoying the full rights and responsibilities of marriage.
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