Meeting Archive:
Stopping the Blitz: A Coordinated Response to State Campaigns


Meeting Description:
Project Blitz is a concerted campaign designed to shape state law using a distorted concept of religious freedom to push back on LGBTQ equality as well as gender and reproductive justice issues. The campaign pushes a false historical narrative in order to implement radical policies and elect officials willing to support them. In this webinar, we will discuss the activities and tactics of Project Blitz and provide tools to help effectively oppose them. 
 
In this session you’ll:
  • Learn more about Project Blitz including the history of the campaign, types of involved legislation, the purpose of the campaign, and it’s most common tactics

  • Get access to resources and tools so that you can more effectively raise awareness about Project Blitz and advocate against Blitz-related legislation

  • Discuss the importance of working with coalition partners and other organizations working for social justice in your community in order to effectively oppose attacks on our shared values
We’ll also have plenty of time for Q&A so please bring your questions!
Details
Date: Wed, Dec 12, 2018
Time: 08:30 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Alison Gill, Frederick Clarkson, & Elizabeth Reiner Platt
 Presenter Information
Alison Gill
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Alison Gill serves as Legal and Policy Director at American Atheists, where she directs the organization's legal and legislative advocacy strategy, trains state and local advocates, and represents American Atheists in Washington, DC.  Before joining American Atheists, Alison was a consultant to foundations and nonprofits and a Senior Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, where she focused on state level advocacy.  


Frederick Clarkson
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Frederick Clarkson is a Senior Research Analyst at Political Research Associates in Somerville, Massachusetts. He is the author of the original expose about Project Blitz, published by Religion Dispatches/Rewire. He is the editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America (Ig Publishing, 2008), and Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, (Common Courage Press, 1997). 


Elizabeth Reiner Platt
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Elizabeth Reiner Platt is the Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia Law School. PRPCP is a law and policy think tank  that promotes social justice, freedom of religion, and religious plurality. Our mission is to ensure that laws and policies reflect the understanding that the right to free exercise of religion protects all religious beliefs and communities, including non-believers; requires respect for religious plurality and equality principles; and must be balanced against other liberty and equality rights where they are in conflict. Before joining Columbia, she worked at MFY Legal Services and A Better Balance.


Jamie Henkel
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Jamie Henkel is the Learning & Inclusion Manager at PFLAG National. She joined the PFLAG National staff in April 2008 as Operations Associate. Prior to her time at PFLAG she completed two internships with the Richmond Peace Education Center and Hope in the Cities. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice Studies. She also received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from George Mason University.