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Standing in solidarity with Buffalo, NY

A white supremacist invaded our city and killed 10 people in a murderous rampage that was rooted in and emflamed by white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

Our 2022 national convening is in Denver on August 4-6!

With registration now open, we’re also thrilled to share this year’s theme: Resilience. Power. Transformation.

Cities Mobilize for Roe Reversal by Strengthening Abortion Safe Havens

City leaders are mobilizing after a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision was leaked that would overturn U.S. abortion rights.

Investing in real safety: the state of LP’s work on community safety

When we released Reform/Transform: A Policing Policy Toolkit back in 2018, we aimed to create a home base for Local Progress’s policing and public safety work.

Biden’s Proposed 2023 Federal Budget & Community Safety

Earlier this week, President Biden released his FY2023 budget proposal. In response, Local Progress released the following statement.

New York Can Lead in Reimagining Public Safety. Here’s How.

Reimagining public safety means reorienting ourselves to community needs and community-led safety solutions. In short, public safety is a matter of investment.

Minnesota cities have earned sick and safe time: The state can too

The pandemic has made it crystal clear that all our health is connected. Yet, far too many families – particularly families of color – lack the support needed to care for their loved ones or themselves.

LPTX Calls for Action on Anniversary of Winter Storm Uri

This week, more than 30 local leaders signed an open letter calling for a massive overhaul of Texas’ energy infrastructure.

Local Elected Officials Across Florida Sound Alarm on Legislative Session

Today, local elected officials across Florida sounded the alarm on the dangerous bills being debated during this legislative session.

NYC Progressive Leadership Lab is Underway!

The program is a leadership development opportunity designed to provide newly elected officials in New York City with the training and skills necessary to govern effectively and truly represent the values of their communities.

How localities can continue supporting migrant communities & refugees

The events of the past few weeks have added renewed urgency to our continued commitment to build inclusive communities and support immigrant communities.

What localities can do to protect renters & stop evictions

The Supreme Court struck down the CDC eviction moratorium that was in place through Oct 3, 2021.

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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:

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)


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.
Hyndai and Kia logos side by side (ABC News)

Philly councilmember among group calling for recall Kia, Hyundai vehicles due to alarming theft rate

Philadelphia City Councilmember Kendra Brooks has joined a group of elected leaders from around the country, demanding a federal recall of Kia and Hyundai vehicles over the alarming theft rate nationwide.
A delivery person rides an electric bike through the streets of Manhattan on Nov. 15, 2022.Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America

Gig Worker Protections Find Testing Ground in NYC, Seattle

Delivery drivers and others in the app economy made major labor strides in 2023. LP's LiJia Gong explains why continued local efforts to protect gig workers are so critical.

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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.

Black Local Electeds Urge Biden to Center Black Communities in EV Transition

In an open letter to President Biden, more than 60 Black local elected officials from across the country highlighted the need to center the reality of Black workers as the country rapidly transitions into the era of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing.