People for the American Way (PFAW)


Organizational Description:

People For the American Way is a nonprofit citizens’ organization established to promote and protect civil and constitutional rights. Founded in 1980 by a group of civic, religious, and educational leaders devoted to our nation’s heritage of tolerance, pluralism, and liberty, People For now has more than 1,000,000 members and other supporters nationwide. One of People For’s primary missions is to educate the public on the vital importance of our tradition of liberty and freedom, and to defend that tradition, through litigation and other means, against efforts to limit fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression.

Services Provided:

Inform, assist and stimulate Participating Organizations

Provide extensive grassroots organizing on the state and local level

Alert membership and other supporters about current censorship efforts around the country through letters, press releases, letters to the editor, and original articles

Monitor and expose efforts by right-wing groups to restrict First Amendment rights via online blog called Right Wing Watch

Monitor legislation and join litigation with First Amendment implications on the national and state levels

Primary Issues of Focus:

  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights
  • Separation of Church and State
  • LGBT Equality
  • Voting Rights
  • Independent Judiciary

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