Reports

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  • Constructing Campus Conflict

    Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. College Campuses, 2007-2011


    Antisemitism and Islamophobia on college campuses are manifested in a complex set of interactions among a number of different players. This report seeks to explore issues and incidents in a way that will ameliorate aggression, intimidation, and assaults on campus. Read the report.
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    You can also read the following profiles in HTML:
    Jeffrey Blankfort
    Alan Dershowitz
    Norman Finkelstein
    David Horowitz
    Amir Abdul Malik Ali
    Daniel Pipes
    Alison Weir
  • Defending Reproductive Justice

    Activist Resource Kit

    Defending Reproductive Justice is an Activist Resource Kit that helps progressive activists understand and resist the right-wing and other forces that undermine reproductive rights and a woman's right to choose. Read more
  • The Ex-Gay Movement in Latin America

    Therapy and Ministry in the Exodus Network

    PRA researchers' new report investigates the division brewing in the ex-gay movement in Latin America following Exodus International's public reversal of its stance on conversation therapy, and finds cause for caution and concern. Read more
  • Redefining Religious Liberty

    The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights

    Dr. Jay Michaelson's new PRA report argues that the right's “religious liberty” arguments are calculated to subvert the traditional progressive framing of freedom versus discrimination, effectively accusing women and the LGBTQ population of infringing on the right of conservative Christians to discriminate against them. Download the PDF here, or you can read it in HTML here.
  • The Right's Marriage Message

    Talking Tolerance, Marketing Inequality

    Looking at more than a decade of right-wing messaging in marriage equality ballot initiatives, this briefing paper will help advocates prepare for the Right's regrouping after its 2012 defeats. Read more
  • Colonizing African Values

    How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa
    Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma's 2012 investigative report on how American religious conservatives are building organizational strength to promote homophobia and attacks on reproductive rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more
  • Resisting the Rainbow

    Right-Wing Responses to LGBT Gains
    Even with victories for equality, homophobia remains one of the right-wing’s most effective tools for mobilizing political support. From the Tea Party to the Mormon Church, this report provides LGBT advocates with vital knowledge on new players, key threats, and principal strategies. Read more
  • Reconsidering Hate

    Politics and Policy at the Intersection
    From the killing of Matthew Shepard to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, horrific incidents of violence against members of marginalized communities galvanized the social justice movement to pursue measures to prevent such acts — including pushing for “hate crimes” legislation. A new PRA discussion paper by Kay Whitlock illuminates the history of hate crimes statutes and questions the efficacy of framing the issue in terms of “hate.” Read more
  • Manufacturing the Muslim Menace

    Private Firms, Public Servants, & the Threat to Rights and Security
    PRA’s comprehensive report by Thomas Cincotta details a systemic failure to regulate content in nationwide counter-terrorism training, spreading Islamophobic messages through law enforcement. Read more.
  • Platform for Prejudice

    How the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative Invites Racial Profiling, Erodes Civil Liberties, and Undermines Security
    Thomas Cincotta's report is a comprehensive investigation of the post-9/11 "information sharing environment" among law enforcement, explaining how Suspicious Activity Reporting violates civil liberties without yielding any greater security. Read more
  • Globalizing the Culture Wars

    U.S. Conservatives, African Churches, & Homophobia
    A groundbreaking investigation by Rev. Kapya Kaoma of Political Research Associates exposes how the U.S. Right mobilizes African Protestant clergy to protest any movement towards LGBT equality in U.S. mainline churches while promoting an agenda that criminalizes homosexuality in Africa. Read the report in HTML here,or download here.
  • Toxic to Democracy

    Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating
    Does government healthcare mandate euthanasia for Grandma? Was Obama really born in Kenya and therefore an illegal President? How do right-wing political pundits contribute to the recent rash of violence linked to White supremacist ideology? PRA Senior Researcher Chip Berlet addresses these questions and more, shedding light on the corrosive use of demonizing language that scapegoats certain groups. Read more
  • Marriage as a Cure for Poverty?

    Social Science through a "Family Values" Lens
    Dr. Jean V. Hardisty, founding director of Political Research Associates, exposes the questionable social science justifying George W. Bush’s campaign to promote marriage as a cure for poverty. The report is a companion to Dr. Hardisty’s earlier report Pushed to the Altar: The Right Wing Roots of Marriage Promotion. Read more
  • Pushed to the Altar

    The Right Wing Roots of Marriage Promotion
    This report tells the story of how a right-wing social movement took power in the Bush administration and installed unproven anti-poverty policies to promote an ideal two-parent, heterosexual family. PRA founder Jean Hardisty presents a comprehensive examination of the ideological roots of policies that incentivize marriage. Read more
  • UNdoing Reproductive Freedom

    Christian Right NGOs Target the United Nations
    In her investigation, Pam Chamberlain profiles how Christian Right groups have attained "consultative" status in UN deliberation, which they wield to oppose women's right to control their reproductive lives. Vital reading for anyone who wants to understand how U.S. social conservatives are going global in their assault on choice. Read more
  • Running Against Sodom and Osama

    The Christian Right, Values Voters, and the Culture Wars in 2006
    Chip Berlet and Pam Chamberlain explore how the Christian Right fused together an external threat of "Islamofascism" and an internal boogeyman of gay rights to try to help right-wing candidates in the 2006 elections.
  • Protocols to the Left, Protocols to the Right

    Conspiracism in American Political Discourse at the Turn of the Second Millennium
    Chip Berlet's PowerPoint presentation discusses conspiracist theories and the tools used by supremacist and fascist organizations to scapegoat and demonize Jewish people in regards to the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
  • Defending Justice

    Activist Resource Kit

    Defending Justice is an Activist Resource Kit that helps progressive activists understand and resist the Right, the State, and other forces that contribute to the growing system of courts, surveillance, policing, and incarceration.
  • Deliberate Differences

    Progressive and Conservative Campus Activism
    This report uses social movement theory to examine both conservative and progressive campus activism, activists, and their organizations and also observes the impact of rightist and leftist social movements from the larger society on student groups.Read more
  • Defending Democracy

    Activist Resource Kit

  • Defending Public Education

    This Activist Resource Kit (ARK) provides an overview of the right-wing attack on public educations and a detailed examination of five key issues: vouchers, charter schools, school privatization, bilingual education, and parental rights. This primer and resource guide is designed for both in-depth study and quick reference.
  • Challenging the Ex-Gay Movement

    An Information Packet
    PRA presents a guide--with background information, talking points, public speaking tips, and more--to progressive activists seeking to combat the influence of the ex-gay movement. Read more.
  • Calculated Compassion

    How the Ex-Gay Movement Serves the Right’s Attack on Democracy
    Surina Khan investigates how, under the cover of a supposedly compassionate approach, the Christian Right integrates its attempt to convert gays to heterosexuality with its theocratic agenda.Read more.
  • Decades of Distortion

    The Right's 30-year Assault on Welfare
  • The Hunt for Red Menace

    This in-depth report details the chilling history of counter subversion campaigns in the United States, examining how the movement evolved and withstood scandal throughout the 20th century. Read more