• Exploiting Equity: How the Pioneer Institute Co-opts the Concept of Social Justice

    This report demonstrates how three of the Pioneer Institute's leading claims that their education reforms create greater equity in schools are not only unfounded but that these reforms disproportionately harm communities of color and immigrant communities.
  • Advancing Immigrant, Muslim, and Refugee Justice In A Period Of Ascendant White Nationalism

    This report seeks to document the effects of the rise of a White nationalist movement whose policy prescriptions and rhetoric on immigrant, refugee, and Muslim populations echo the White House’s, and to generate new thinking and strategizing to address the challenges that the moment presents. We interviewed 64 stakeholders—principally immigrant, refugee, and Muslim advocates, as well as others who monitor, research, and organize to contain the influence of organized bigotry. Our project reviewed advocates’ current programs and statements of gaps and needs. We supplemented our interviews with an extensive literature review and PRA’s independent research on organized bigotry.  To view a PDF version of the Executive Summary click here.
  • Social Justice Feminism and How We Defeat the Right

    The ascent of Donald Trump to the presidency has dramatically worsened an already grave set of challenges confronting justice-minded people, and has presented the women’s movement in the United States with an historic opportunity to create a stronger, cross-movement vision for organizing, including a resistance (and alternative) that’s infused with intersectional feminist values. This paper is a call to all progressives—regardless of gender—to embrace social justice feminist principles and leadership as a cornerstone of our response to mobilized white nationalism, misogyny, and the dominance of an economic oligarchy. For a PDF version of the report click here. Read Report in HTML here.
  • Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The origins and ideology of the Alternative Right

    Matthew Lyons’s “Ctrl-Alt-Delete,” is a thorough survey of the origins of the alt-right, a look at its constituent parts and beliefs at the present time, as well as observations about how its future relationship with the Trump administration may play out. Of particular interest, Lyons draws attention to the importance of sexism and misogyny within this movement, to its long-term “metapolitical” strategy, as well as to the tensions between the disparate groups that have found their home under its banner. Read the report HERE
  • Privatizing Massachusetts: The Right-Wing’s Blue State Game Plan

    A current analysis of the Pioneer Institute by Abby Scher. Read report here.
  • Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement

    This groundbreaking toolkit designed by Political Research Associates in partnership with Rural Organizing Project provides resources and tools to Oregon’s small towns and rural communities under siege from militias and other Patriot movements. Read report here.
  • Journal of Theology in Southern Africa special issue on Sexuality in Africa

    In July 2016, the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s highly reputable and peer-reviewed academic Journal of Theology in Southern Africa (JTSA) published its special issue on Sexuality in Africa edited by PRA senior researcher, Dr. Kapya Kaoma and Dr. Michael Adee of the Global Equality Project. Read more here.
  • When Exemption is the Rule: The Religious Freedom Strategy of the Christian Right

    PRA senior fellow for religious freedom Frederick Clarkson examines every angle the Christian Right is using to attack and diminish civil rights using a false version of religious freedom. Read report here.
  • 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. For additional materials, see here. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Available in full HTML HERE.
  • 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. To visit the companion website, go to:
  • 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 Immigrant Justice

    Activist Resource Kit (ARK)
  • The Pioneer Institute: Privatizing the Common Wealth

    The Pioneer Institute: Privatizing the Common Wealth, co-authored by veteran journalist Paul Dunphy and researcher Mark Umi Perkings, examines how the Institute’s work in promoting privatization in a host of areas including mental health care, education, charter schools, and school vouchers, tracing the movements of former Pioneer staff members through state government in the Weld, Cellucci and Swift administrations. Read the report here.
  • 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.
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    Dances With Devils: How Apocalyptic and Millennialist Themes Influence Right Wing Scapegoating and Conspiracism

    This study originally appeared in the Fall 1998 issue of The Public Eye magazine.
  • Right Woos Left

    Populist Party, LaRouchite, and Other Neo-fascist Overtures To Progressives, And Why They Must Be Rejected. Click the image for the pdf, or read the report in HTML here.
  • 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.
  • Repression and Ideology: The Legacy of Discredited Centrist/Extremist Theory

    How a discredited social science model fuels efforts to expand government surveillance, infiltration, and disruption. And H police justify labeling dissenters, demonstrators, and ordinary Americans as "Terrorists." Click the image for the PDF, or read it in HTML here.
  • 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
    To read the report in HTML, click here.
  • 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
  • Apartheid in our Living Rooms

    U.S. Foreign Policy and South Africa
    By Prexy Nesbitt, 1986
  • Nostalgia on the Right

    Historical Roots of the Idealized Family
    1983 monograph by Nancy Theriot.