People for the American Way

American progressive advocacy group

People for the American Way (PFAW) is a progressive organization that is involved in political activism. Issues that it involves itself in are judicial nominations, church/state separation, civil rights, voting rights for Washington, DC in the U.S. Congress and equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people and promotion of civic participation.[1]

People For the American Way
Founder(s)Norman Lear
TypeAdvocacy group
HeadquartersWashington D.C.
Key peopleNorman Lear
Area servedUnited States
FocusProgressive advocacy
MethodMedia attention, direct-appeal campaigns
WebsitePFAW Official Website



PFAW says about its purpose on its website [2]

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.
We believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles and progressive values is worth fighting for, and we take seriously our responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who will sustain these values for the life of this nation.
Our operational mission is to promote the American Way and defend it from attack, to build and nurture communities of support for our values, and to equip those communities to promote progressive policies, elect progressive candidates, and hold public officials accountable.

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  1. "PFAW press releases". Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-03-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)