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SPOTLIGHT: Eric Holder Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

President Obama Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Into Law

Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network Issue of the Month: Green Initiatives

People For at the Inauguration

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The 2008 Equine Posterior Achievement Award

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You voted. The results were clear, with a substantial gap between first place and the rest of the field. The winner of 2008's Equine Posterior Achievement Award is Minnesota's Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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End Wage Discrimination: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!more

This past week, we had a great victory for workplace fairness and pay equity when President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Now, one more important bill that moved through the House at the same time as the Ledbetter Act is expected to come up soon in the Senate. Your senators need to hear from you now.

Urge your senators to vote YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act!

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Eric Holder Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

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On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 to approve the nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General of the United States. People For's long-term efforts helped to defeat building opposition to the nominee and we delivered nearly 20,000 petition signatures to the Chair of the Committee.

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This is a great victory, but the fight to clean up the DOJ is just beginning. And with a slate of excellent Justice Department nominees still yet to be confirmed, we need to stay vigilant.


President Obama Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Into Law

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On Thursday, January 29, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law after a years-long battle for to undo damage inflicted on pay equity by the Roberts-Alito Supreme Court. People For President Kathryn Kolbert and Public Policy Director Tanya Clay House attended the bill signing ceremony.

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And stay tuned for more in the struggle for workplace fairness as we continue to fight for Senate passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network Issue of the Month: Green Initiatives

From the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the notion of "use and discard" has been the prevailing cultural mentality. Now as our resources dwindle and our landfills increase, we must adopt a more sustainable way of living. Issues of energy and environment touch every person and every level of government, reaching across all demographics and geographical divides.

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And also check out:

Progressive Policy Corner: Environment and Energy

Young Elected Officials in the News

Young Elected Officials Network is a program of People For the American Way Foundation.

People For at the Inauguration

On Sunday, January 18, People For the American Way Foundation held a dramatic reading of the U.S. Constitution at the Newseum in Washington. The reading featured a distinguished cast of Americans including actors Alfre Woodard, Michael York, John Astin and Beth Broderick, U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jan Schakowsky, Chaka Fattah and Bobby Scott, writer Michael Chabon, civil rights icon Mary Frances Berry and many more, commemorating the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.

We've posted video of the full Constitution reading as well as some other photos and videos from the historic inauguration.

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Looking Back on Ledbetter

In 2007, the Supreme Court's extremely narrow interpretation of a civil rights law in Ledbetter v. Goodyear limited a worker's ability to be compensated for discrimination. People For the American Way was quick to share the story Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in the case, and to help start the ball rolling on legislation to "correct the Court" by amending the law to more explicitly protect workers from discrimination.

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Obama's Civil Rights Agenda: LGBT Equality (1/22)

With George Bush and Dick Cheney finally out of power, our country is returning to its ideals so quickly and in so many ways that it's dizzying.

Recognizing the rule of law? Check. Following the Constitution? Check. Keeping politics out of law enforcement? Check. Recognizing our right to know what our own government is doing? Check.

What about LGBT equality?

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Right Wing Watch: Robinson's Participation in Inauguration Might Cause God to Destroy Washington DC (1/16)

Ever since it was announced that Rev. Gene Robinson would be participating in the Inaugural festivities, Religious Right leaders, many of whom were initially thrilled when they found out that Rick Warren was to be involved, have become decidedly less thrilled about the whole thing.

As we've noted previously, Tony Perkins called it a move "designed to placate angry liberals" while Bill Donohue complained that "Obama has chosen a man who offends Catholics as much as he does Protestants. If that's his idea of inclusion, he can keep it." Peter LaBarbara called it "an affront to faithful Christians and religious defenders of morality everywhere" and Matt Barber saw it as a betrayal of Christian voters.

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Right Wing Watch: Terry: Anti-Choice Movement Has Failed and is "Imploding" and Must Get Radical (1/16)

On yesterday's "Talk of the Nation," Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry joined the ACLJ's Jay Sekulow and Father Thomas Reese of Georgetown University to discuss the state of the anti-choice movement, during which Terry lamented that they should have outlawed abortion by this point and proclaimed that the movement as a whole is in disarray and thus called on activists to start "ratcheting up our rhetoric."

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Department of Justice Will Actually Uphold the Law! (1/5)

After 8 years of the Bush Administration, it's amazing how low our collective standards have fallen. For instance, the idea that Barack Obama has appointed people to the Department of Justice who will uphold the rule of law -- as opposed to wantonly ignoring it for political purposes -- struck me almost too good to be true.

But by any standards the team he’s put together looks top notch.

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