First, a Quick Note!
A message from Jane Fonda:
Norman Lear -- cofounder of People For the American Way, legendary TV
producer, and my friend -- turns 95 this week!
Norman has been a steadfast and effective champion for progressive values
throughout his long and storied career. With shows like All in the Family,
Maude, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and many more, Norman raised social
consciousness and tackled important issues in changing times that helped
shift our culture toward one of greater tolerance and understanding.
In the early 1980s, when the rise of reactionary forces on the Far Right
threatened to hold back progress and foment hatred and bigotry for
political gain, Norman Lear brought together political, faith, and thought
leaders to found People For the American Way.
More than 18,000 PFAW supporters have already signed our birthday card for
]If you haven't already, will you join me and other PFAW supporters in
saying "Happy Birthday, Norman!" by signing a card for him now?
-- Jane Fonda
]Trump's Voter Suppression Commission
July 19 was the first official meeting of Donald Trump's 'Electoral
Integrity' Commission, a sham panel that he convened to investigate his
own fake claims of mass "illegal" voting in 2016 election. The Commission
is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and one of the nation's most
notorious vote suppressors, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. And it
features other voter suppression superstars like the Heritage Foundation's
Hans von Spakovsky, and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. All
of these men have been part of active efforts to suppress voter turnout,
pushing for measures that disenfranchise voters of color in particular.
Read our report on the Commission to learn more about the players involved
and what they're aiming to achieve.
Our affiliate PFAW Foundation took out a full-page ad in the New York
Times to expose the true agenda of Trump's commission.
And PFAW and our allies rallied outside the White House during the
swearing in of the Commission to let them know that we will stop at
nothing to protect our right to vote. Click below to read more and watch
video of PFAW staff speaking out!
Support People For the American Way!
Trump and his allies are pursuing a dangerously extreme agenda on
everything from judges and the separation of church and state to health
care and taxes. They created a new commission to trample voting rights and
exhibit unprecedented lawlessness as they do more harm every day to our
vital democratic institutions. Help us beat back attacks on core
constitutional rights and values with a donation today!
]Trumpcare Revived... and Re-Defeated!
It's been a rollercoaster month for Republican efforts to repeal the
Affordable Care Act in the US Senate. Republicans revived Trumpcare with a
shameful party-line vote, which set in motion several days of intense
debate over amendments and a version of the bill called "skinny repeal" --
which some Republican senators lambasted as a "fraud" before supporting it
anyway in a late-night vote. However, "skinny repeal" -- which still would
have taken health care from 16 million Americans and jacked up premiums
across the board --FAILED, with three Republicans (the minimum number
needed to stop the bill) voting "no."
Amazing activists across the country fought hard to stop this bill, with
many even risking arrest in sit-in actions and other acts of civil
disobedience. But the fight is still not over -- McConnell has indicated
that the GOP's assault on health care is far from over. EVERY proposed
version of ACA repeal -- even the most pared-down, 'moderate' proposal --
kicks millions of Americans off of their health care and sends premiums
skyrocketing. We have to keep up the drumbeat of resistance, and that
includes shaming the politicians who put millions of people's health and
lives at risk.
]Senate Republicans Abandon Principle in Favor of Extremism with Trump
Among the list of Trump's right-wing judicial nominees are two that stand
out as perhaps the least qualified nominees we've seen so far for the
federal bench: John Bush and Damien Schiff.
John K. Bush was confirmed on a party line vote for a seat on the Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals, despite his long history of offensive writings
rife with racism and misogyny, as well as a confirmation process that
further revealed his reckless temperament and lack of qualifications for
the job. Bush has compared Roe v. Wade to the Dred Scott decision that
upheld slavery and subscribes to legal theories that would put more money
in politics, not less -- music to Mitch McConnell's ears and,
unfortunately, not surprising. In 2014, Bush's wife was on the board of a
dark money group called the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition that spent a
whopping $7.1 million to help reelect Mitch McConnell in that year's KY
Trump's other bottom-of-the-barrel nominee who had a hearing this month is
Damien K. Schiff -- an anti-environment lawyer who also has a past of
vitriolic blog posts. Like Bush, Schiff refused to discuss his originalist
constitutional interpretation during his hearing. In his time as a lawyer
advocating against environmental regulations and groups, he has painted
environmentalists with a broad brush and has an openly antagonistic
attitude toward them, worrying activists that he would not be neutral as a
Federal judge. Further, he has been openly hostile toward the LGBTQ
community, and has called promoting diversity in higher education
equivalent to the Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Korematsu decisions.
]PFAW Foundation's Youth Leadership Programs in Action
Our affiliate PFAW Foundation hosted the annual convening of its Young
Elected Officials (YEO) Network this month in San Francisco. In addition
to this year's group of dynamic progressive lawmakers and mayors, this
year's convening featured an opening plenary with Alicia Garza from the
Movement for Black Lives, a lunch plenary with PFAW board member and Gold
Star father Khizr Khan, and sessions with many notable progressive
And staff and members of PFAW Foundation's Young People For (YP4) program
have been working to educate young people about the threat of voter
suppression and the Trump's new so-called 'Election Integrity' Commission.
They even hosted a Facebook Live panel discussion with PFAW and PFAW
Foundation experts -- check it out!
]Human Needs -- Not Politics -- Should Be Priority #1 in the Federal
PFAW joined with 1,500 other groups across the country urging members of
Congress to prioritize the needs of people and communities in the federal
budget -- not the needs of politicians and the wealthy. The budget
proposal we support is one that rejects controversial policy riders and
promises prosperity for all Americans, including families with children,
women, seniors, people with disabilities, communities of color, and others
who are increasingly left behind in the current economy and proposed GOP
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]Breitbart Editor: The Goal Is The 'Full Destruction And
Elimination Of The Entire Mainstream Media' »
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]Trump Tells Pat Robertson He Gets Along 'Very, Very Well' With
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]Leader Of Trump Cabinet Bible Study: God Only Hears Prayers Of
'Righteous' Christians »
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]Ann Coulter Reportedly Helped Write Trump's Campaign Immigration
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]Religious Right Hopes Trump Judges Will Return America to
Founders' 'Biblical Values' »
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]Texas' Bizarre Anti-Equality Ruling »
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]The Pence-Kobach Voting Commission Is Still A Total Farce »
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]Pamela Geller: Muslims Attacking The First Amendment And 'Without
Freedom of Speech, Free Men Have To Resort To Violence' »
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]GOP Rep: 'Law Abiding' People Who Have Made 'Wise Decisions' Don't
Need Full ACA Coverage »
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]Bryan Fischer: Opposition To LGBTQ Rights Is A Test Of Who Can
Govern When Jesus Returns »
More News & Analysis
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]Federal Judge: Kobach Repeatedly Misled Court in Voting Rights
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]Separation of Church and State Must be Protected »
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]Trump Bans Trans Service on Anniversary of Troop Integration »
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]Take On Wall Street and Big Money: A Proposal to Fix America's
Rigged Tax System »
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]PFAW to State Election Officials: Stand Up to Voter Suppression »
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]The Anti-Contraception Administration: Turning the Clock Back on
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