PRA Staff in Action
- On November 2, PRA Executive Director Katherine Ragsdale shared her insights on faith, choice, and
religious freedom at a forum sponsored by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the American
Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society on an upcoming Supreme Court abortion debate.
The forum, held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., was covered live by CSPAN and
picked up by over 70 other outlets.
- Before the December release of our UNdoing Reproductive Freedom report on the growing lobbying of
Christian Right groups at the United Nations, PRA researcher Pam Chamberlain conducted workshops on the
topic at the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education in New York City and at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. Her research, highlighting the growing effort of
conservative NGOs promoting their anti-abortion, anti-contraception agenda at the United Nations, received
broad media attention, including: townhall.com, opendemocracy.net, WBAI in New York, and Danish
- In January, Research Director Tarso Luís Ramos was one of 20 national mentors at the third
annual Young People For National Summit for Progressive Leaders and Activists
in Washington, D.C. The summit brought together 180 student leaders from across the country for
learning and strategizing on ways to enhance their collective social justice work in 2007.
- In March, Pam Chamberlain and Tarso Ramos presented a workshop on "Right Wing Intersections:
Race, Gender and Sexuality" at the Facing Race conference sponsored
by the Applied Research Center in New York City.
- On March 30, Researchers Chip Berlet and Pam Chamberlain presented some of PRA's most popular
workshops at the Hampshire College Reproductive Rights Conference. Chip was a panelist in the
opening plenary, "Resisting the Right," and Chip and Pam later presented PRA's "How the Right
Took Power" workshop twice to accommodate the demand at the conference.
- Just in time for tax day! Public Eye Editor Abby Scher reported on the
Christian Right's growing effort to dismantle the progressive tax system for the half-hour, nationally
syndicated radio show Making Contact. The in-depth report built on the investigation of Rich
Meagher published in the Winter 2005 Public Eye called "Tax Revolt as a Family Value: How the
Christian Right is Becoming a Free Market Champion."
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