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Local politicians decided to have police, policies evaluated. Results were shocking.

Of the 12 major cities that were evaluated, all still need significant improvements on police policies that regulate the use of force, provide strong independent oversight and prevent federal immigration enforcement from co-opting local law enforcement.

A new profile calls Local Progress the “strategic switchboard” for local progressives

Local Progress, a nationwide network of left-leaning municipal elected officials, is fast becoming the strategic switchboard for America’s increasingly liberal cities.

Reform/Transform: An Analysis of Policing in 12 Cities

A Policing Policy Toolkit to provide local elected officials, policymakers, and organizers with a resource on how to evaluate policing reforms according to a set of standardized criteria across jurisdictions.

Reflections from A Powerful Local Progress NY State Convening

Our state convening ended a little over a week ago, and now Local Progress members are back home putting what we discussed into action in their communities.

Everyone Needs a Safe Place to Call Home

There is a simple truth that connects every person in all of our cities, counties, towns, and villages across the country.

100+ Local Elected Leaders Call On McDonald’s to Clean Up Act on Sexual Harassment

More than 100 local government officials from over 70 jurisdictions and 30 states are calling on McDonald’s.

New Resource: The Potential Pitfalls of Privatization

We are thrilled to share a new resource developed in partnership with In the Public Interest (ITPI): The Potential Pitfalls of Privatization.

New policy briefs on trans equity, drug policy, and workers’ rights

Local Progress is pleased to release three new policy briefs as part of its 2019 edition of Policy for Local Progress.

#LP2019: Our largest, most powerful convening yet

Last month, more than 250 local elected officials, community leaders, policy and labor partners from across the country gathered in Detroit for the largest, most diverse, and most powerful Local Progressconvening to date.

Local Progress Conference Brings National Gathering of Municipal Progressive Officials to Detroit

July 26-27 Local Progress and People’s Convention will bring 1900 progressive activists to Detroit.

Hundreds of Elected Officials Condemn Trump’s Threat of Family Separation Raids, Urge Congress to Defund the Deportation Force

As their communities respond to Trump’s threats of ICE raids, local elected leaders across the country call on Congress to stop funding his family separation agenda.

50+ NC local elected officials support Governor’s veto of anti-immigrant bill

On June 24th, dozens of local elected officials across North Carolina sent Governor Roy Cooper a letter in support of him vetoing anti-immigrant legislation.

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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:

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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.
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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.
Ady Barkan (C) delivers remarks during a rally organized by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Ady Barkan Turned Dying Into an Act of Love

Former Executive Director of Local Progress Sarah Johnson and NYC Comptroller and LPNY Member Brad Lander reflect on the heartbreaking loss of Ady Barkan and his inspiring fight to make this world a better place.

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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.