Next week the Pro-Life Action League will host the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in cities across America. The group’s rally in March had more than 63,000 people from 146 cities standing up for religious freedom. Expectations are even higher for the rally June 8.
“We hope to have 100,000 participants in over 150 cities,” Pro-Life Action League Development Director Paige Scarlett, also a Leadership Institute graduate, said. “This rally is a campaign that’s sweeping our nation to build awareness about the threats to our constitutional right to ‘freedom of religion’ posed by the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services mandate.”
“The administration’s newest mandate forces religious employers, such as Catholic hospitals and schools to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception in employee healthcare plans for free – even though these all go directly against the employer’s religious beliefs,” Paige said. “We are standing up for our constitutional rights that our Founding Fathers fought and died for, and one of those is the right to freedom of religion without interference by government.”
The 30-year-old organization Pro-Life Action League leads sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics, helps students start pro-life clubs, and investigates abortion clinic violations, which has led to the closing of numerous facilities.
“I get to work alongside the ‘godparents’ of the pro-life movement on a daily basis, Joe and Ann Scheidler,” Paige said. “I am inspired by their tireless grassroots efforts to fight abortion since 1973 and keep it a sizzling, hot-button issue in our country.”
Paige has worked at Pro-Life Action League since January, but never imagined she would go to college and be working.
“My girlish hope and dream was to get married young and have a big family,” Paige, the oldest of a family of seven Catholic and conservative children, said. “But God had other plans for me. He wanted me to go to college and work in the pro-life movement – and save babies before I had any of my own!”
So you’ve secured a coveted internship in the nation’s capitol—now what?
Learn how to make the most of your time while you are here.
When I first came to Washington, DC as an intern in the summer of 2008 I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Growing up in a sleepy Midwest town on the outskirts of farmland, life in the big city was a new concept to me. How I wish I knew then what I know now!
The advice below, culled from my time living and working in Washington, will help you navigate your internship and make it more than just another line on your resume.
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Next week the Leadership Institute will welcome 12 conservatives hailing from nine American states and two countries as interns for the summer 2012 semester.
Already these 12 young people have taken 474 hours of Leadership Institute trainings in topics as various as public speaking, youth leadership, campaign management, public relations, campus elections, TV training, and fundraising.
As interns, they will have the opportunity to take additional free LI trainings for the next year, be mentored by LI’s staff in their departments as they complete 40-hour work weeks, stay rent-free in the Sacher Intern House just blocks from the office, attend private dinners with conservative leaders, and host a weekly conservative book discussion.
Please help us welcome our newest members to the team!
Click to read the full story to the right to read each of their bios and know them personally.
Peggy Hutt is an all-American woman. Born in Ohio, she was raised in Southern California, stationed to Utah by the military, then moved in 1985 with her husband to Seattle, Washington for his job, and she’s been in Washington state ever since.
Peggy recruits and organizes conservatives in the state of Washington as the state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and co-founder/coordinator of the Tacoma Narrows Tea Party.
On Tuesday, Peggy and the Tacoma Narrows Tea Party (TNTP) hosted their annual Tax Day Rally in their community with around 150 people present. Peggy dressed as a peasant and greeted people saying, “Taxed enough already, me lord!”
“I may not be the first doctor to oppose ObamaCare, but I am the first doctor from Barack Obama’s own family to oppose Obamacare. In fact, I stand opposed to every part of Barack’s big-government agenda.”
The mother of family feuds hit home yesterday when the Leadership Institute hosted Dr. Milton Wolf, President Obama’s second cousin. Dr. Wolf is a practicing diagnostic radiologist, a conservative columnist for The Washington Times, and an outspoken opponent of nationalized healthcare.
“A Civil War tore our country apart, ripped families in two, and divided brother against brother,” Dr. Wolf said before the 83 guests in attendance yesterday. “Today our country is similarly divided. There is a division of worldviews between liberty and tyranny.”
President Obama is a caring man and means well, Dr. Wolf, his cousin, said, but he profoundly misunderstands America and what makes us exceptional.
“I’d like to believe Barack wants the best for America. I just can’t accept that he wants to destroy America. But it’s a matter of semantics because the things that he wants to do will destroy America.”
Last week the Leadership Institute’s Future Candidate School (FCS) welcomed a bright, new class of aspiring candidates and entrepreneurs.
Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee and LI volunteer faculty member, shared how he got involved in the public policy process.
He credits LI with his start. While a college student, a conservative campus group member approached him and invited Mark to their meeting. He showed up, and was forever hooked.
“I took LI’s Youth Leadership School, and now I’m here 20 years later trying to impart this knowledge to you all.”
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube; blogs and email lists; online advertising and fundraising are just a few topics that were covered earlier this week at the Leadership Institute’s Comprehensive Online Activist School (COAS).
On Monday and Tuesday legislative aides, interns, and Tea Party activists gathered at LI’s F.M. Kirby National Training Center to learn how target large audiences through online marketing and social media.
Gabriel “Scooter” Schaefer, marketing communications coordinator for Media Research Center (MRC), taught attendees how to set up a Facebook fan page and strategically increase membership.
Scooter was a graduate of LI’s Comprehensive Online Activist School in 2010, where he was armed with practical tools to increase an organization’s social media presence.
"When I took the COAS, I heard about bit.ly and it was absolutely awesome and useful to me and what I’m doing now,” Scooter said. “Now, I will share the knowledge I’ve acquired with you so you can strengthen the movement.”
Last week 42 campaign managers, future candidates, and conservative activists of all sorts flocked to the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA to learn from campaign experts at LI’s Campaign Management School (CMS).
Over the course of four days and 25 training lectures, motivated conservatives acquired the tools needed to organize, finance, and run successful campaigns.
Lisa Fitzhugh works for Maryland State Senator and Former Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs, who is running to represent citizens in Maryland’s Congressional district 2 to defeat Dutch Ruppersberger.
“I so appreciate the respect this training has for us and our ability to increase the conservative message in our communities,” Lisa said. “Campaigns are notorious for being fast-paced, and the value this training brings to our campaigns is immeasurable. It gives us the tools to get our message across.”
The Leadership Institute’s grassroots department of four men trained 4,127 conservatives in 103 trainings across 33 states this year in activism and candidate/campaign training.
The grassroots department offers seven types of training: Campaign Management School; Communications Workshop; Custom Workshop; Fundraising Workshop; Future Candidate School; Get-Out-The-Vote Workshop; and Grassroots Activist School.
“As I have traveled the country this year, I’ve gotten to meet so many great candidates running for office,” said Robert Arnakis, senior director of domestic and international programs. “They truly appreciate what our organization does in preparing them for effective leadership and activism.”
“My best memory this year was working with my staff," Robert said. "Their energy and dedication to LI speaks volumes. Having traveled more than 180 days, this year was real tough, but my staff kept focused and their positive attitude got us through the months were we saw a hotel room more often than our homes. Working together we met every goal we set for 2011. This next year—2012—will be an interesting year for our department. We intend to stay very busy as the election approaches.”
In 2011 the Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership School, known as the “boot camp of politics,” trained 1,042 young conservatives – setting an all-time LI record for this department.
This two-person YLS team trained 1,042 students in 33 trainings across 21 states this year.
The Youth Leadership School is an intense, two-day training that teaches students to organize and lead mass-based youth efforts for the candidates and causes of their choice. The flagship training of the Institute launches more careers in politics than any other LI program. Notable YLS graduates include Senator Mitch McConnell; Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity; and Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa.
The record-breaking year for the YLS department is thanks to LI’s generous donors who support these programs and volunteer faculty who travel on weekends to share their expert political knowledge.
“The YLS can be life-changing,” said Kent Strang, Youth Leadership School director. “I’ve seen former students elected to office, featured on print and broadcast media, run successful campaigns, and become colleagues. These success stories make every weekend away from my family well worth the effort.”