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Progressive Leadership Lab Launches in NYC

In 2021, New York City will experience a significant change in its representative government.

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We know that narrative change is at the heart of all of our work — and that our movement is at its strongest when we break down the artificial barriers between art, organizing, and politics.

SB14 is the Latest Attempt to Take Power Away from Texans

Once again, some state legislators in Austin are wasting taxpayers’ time and money by focusing on issues that don’t strengthen or unite Texans.

George Floyd.

Today, we hold George Floyd, his daughter, his family and friends tighter in our hearts.

MN Local Electeds Call for End of Military-Police Response to Protests

More than a dozen local elected officials across the state are calling on those in charge of Operational Safety Net.

On the Ground in Texas: Insights from El Paso

Francisco Sanchez wipes snow off his car with a boogie board before going out sledding with his kids at Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas.

NC Local Electeds Push Back on State Bill 101

Senate Republicans introduced SB 101 alongside SB 100 to further target Black and Brown communities.

Local Electeds Across Florida Push to Protect Local Democracy

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

NY Local Electeds Call for Cuomo to Resign

More than two dozen local elected officials across the state are calling on Andrew Cuomo to resign.

In Texas, Local Elected Officials Demand State Focus on Direct Aid Instead of Attacking Local Democracy

“Our state legislature is busy trying to score political points while we continue to clean up the mess they created.”

North Carolina has $5 Billion in Unreserved Funds. Local Leaders Want the State to Use it for Rent Relief.

“If we deploy these dollars now, we can secure a stronger recovery sooner for more people.”

On the Ground in Texas: Insights from Denton

It has been almost a month since winter storm Uri swept across Texas and hundreds of thousands of residents are still struggling to access clean water or any form of relief from the state.

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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.
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.