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Eight Local Progress members featured in The Nation this week!

All across the country, Local Progress members are fighting the dark money takeover of our democracy.

A powerful, inspiring weekend: Recap of the 3rd Local Progress NY convening

This year’s inspiring keynote address was given by national leader and activist Linda Sarsour ..

Local Progress Reacts To Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Local Progress is a network of progressive local elected officials from around the country united by our shared commitment..

Join us in Minneapolis July 12-14 for the 2018 Local Progress Convening!

Coming off an exciting 2017 election night, progressives across the country are stepping up and running for office because our ideas are popular ..

Local Progress members, CPD leaders gather to advance racial justice initiatives

To those of you who attended the Summit and to all of you working hard to advance this work in your communities, thank you so much.

Local Progress Responds To Ruling Blocking SB4

Today’s ruling showed that, when cities come together, there are few limits to what local lawmakers can achieve.

Local Progress Statement on Charlottesville

We stand with Wes and the city of Charlottesville against hatred, violence and racism.

After Sanctuary Cities Convening, 100+ Local Lawmakers Pledge To Uphold And Expand Sanctuary Policies

NEW YORK – On the heels of the country’s first-ever convening of municipal elected officials devoted to improving sanctuary city policies..

American Leaders Against Hate and Anti-Muslim Bigotry Campaign

Hate crimes have spiked drastically since the 2016 presidential election. Xenophobic and racist rhetoric..

Meet the lefty club behind a blitz of new laws in cities around the country

A new group for liberal city council members is pushing the limits of what municipalities can do for their residents.

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In The News

At Local Progress, we seek to make the aspirational pragmatic by showing how government can be a tool to create just and equitable outcomes and reshaping peoples’ understanding of governing from an institution to a collective responsibility. Here are some highlights of our media coverage:

Photo: Josh Katz| The state should no longer design roads where pedestrians are just an afterthought, like this entrance to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

New York Pols Back Gounardes’s Bill to Cut Driving by 20%

For decades, transit planners have widened roads and expanded highways as cities have grown. But these interventions have only increased traffic and worsened pollution. LP members in New York wrote to legislative leaders demanding state DOT take a new approach to planning.
Factory workers and UAW union members form a picket line outside the Ford Motor Co. Kentucky Truck Plant in the early morning hours on October 14, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Michael Swensen / Getty Images)

Workplace Militancy Isn’t Enough for Labor

Progressive labor movement must collaborate with like-minded local, state, and federal elected officials through networks such as Local Progress, the State Innovation Exchange, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus to expand and sustain hard-won gains.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services has been asked to extend the work eligibility period for people with pending renewals on their permits to work in the states. Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

Immigrant Advocates Push Work Permit Fix as Deadlines Near

LP member Pious Ali – a city council member in Portland, Maine – stresses the importance of work authorization for new arrivals. “They are transforming the face of the workforce and the face of the community in a very positive way,” he said.
Image of a hammer smashing a city (TAP)

Pre-Preemption

Conservative states have now taken to blocking liberal cities from even thinking about legislating on behalf of their residents. LP's Francesca Menes weighs in.

press Releases

180+ State and Local Elected Officials Urge Congress to Reject the EATS Act

LP and the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) released letters calling on Congress to protect local and state governments ability to create policy that is responsive to the issues their own communities face in the agricultural industry. 

Local Leaders Denounce Senate Deal That Would Gut Asylum

In response to the Senate’s proposed border deal that would gut asylum in exchange for foreign military spending, Local Progress released this statement.

📬 LP Network Download | Traffic safety, ceasefire, history in Minnesota, & more! | January 2024

Here’s a look at some of what’s happening across the Local Progress network this month.

Local Electeds Call on NHTSA to Recall Kia & Hyundai with Theft Vulnerabilities

A coalition representing elected officials from 8 municipalities across the country – including Baltimore, New York City, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Austin – called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a recall of Kia and Hyundai models with theft vulnerabilities.

Local Progress joins 100 tenants in DC at Homes Guarantee’s Tenant Takeover

Local Progress joined over 100 tenants at Homes Guarantee's Tenant Takeover to urge the federal government for vital tenant protections.