About Political Research Associates
Mission, Values, and History
Political Research Associates is a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights.
Political Research Associates seeks to advance progressive thinking and action by providing research-based information, analysis, and referrals.
Why We Focus on the Right
While attacks on civil liberties can come from any direction, the political and Christian Right use skillful marketing that exploits the public’s desire for quick solutions and capitalizes on today’s hectic information flow. With clever slogans that oversimplify complex public policy issues, the Right routinely scapegoats others in pursuit of their agenda.
PRA responds with fair and accurate analysis, looking beneath the sound-bites and slogans of the Right, exposing the true goals and agendas of specific leaders, organizations and movements. We then present our analysis in ways that can help the media, advocates and educators understand and challenge the Right
The Public Eye: PRA publishes The Public Eye, our signature quarterly, presenting insightful reports by scholars and journalists on trends within the US Right.
Special Reports: PRA produces timely reports on specific right-wing movements or strategies. Past reports include Calculated Compassion, a detail of the Right’s attack on gays and lesbians through the "Ex-Gay" movement, Decades of Distortion, an account of the Right’s strategy to scapegoat welfare recipients, and The Pioneer Institute:Privatizing the Common Wealth, a profile of a state-level conservative think tank.
Our Activist Resource Kits designed especially for advocates include Defending Public Education, Defending Reproductive Rights, Defending Immigrant Rights, Defending Justice, and Defending Democracy.
- Interviews and referrals: Advocates and media regularly consult PRA’s researchers with their questions about the Right.
- Library: PRA’s extensive library of primary and secondary materials on the U.S. Right and government repression is open to the public through advanced reservation of the available seating for researchers. Visit PRA Library.
- Online archives: a ready source of information about the US Right dating back to the early 1980s and beyond.
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