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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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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.
Photograph of the State Capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida.

Less Politics Is Local: States Get Increasingly Aggressive About Pre-Emption

Preemption of local authority has been a major concern over the past decade. Now, states are not only blocking specific laws but stopping cities and counties from addressing entire areas of policy.
Members of the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union rally.

Workers in the South Aren’t Letting Anti-Labor Laws Stop Them From Organizing

From a recent work action in Durham, North Carolina to union drives at REI and at academic institutions, workers are taking important steps to organize the South.
A delivery worker rides his bicycle along a path on the West Side Highway in New York City.

States and cities eye stronger protections for gig economy workers

In the past five years, lawmakers in at least 10 jurisdictions — including cities such as Chicago and Seattle — have proposed new protections for ride-share drivers and food delivery workers. LP's LiJia Gong weighs in on the importance of local gig economy legislation.

press Releases

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.

Local Electeds Praise Portland Street Response As National Model, Urge Continued Investment

Local elected officials representing nearly a dozen localities across the country have joined the chorus of Portlanders calling for renewed support for the Portland Street Response program.
LPTX members, staff, and partners posing in front of a sign that says "Fighting for Texas Workers."

Local Progress Texas, Texas AFL-CIO, Every Texan, ACLU of Texas & Workers Defense Project Celebrate Win for Local Democracy

In response to the ruling of the Travis County Civil District Court in the case of The City of Houston v. Texas, Texas AFL-CIO, Local Progress Texas, Every Texan, ACLU of Texas, and Workers Defense Project celebrate a win for local democracy
Austin City Councilmember Vanessa Fuentes speaking during a virtual press briefing.

Texans Warn Death Star Law Silences Communities

At a press briefing organized by Local Progress Texas, Every Texan, Workers Defense Project, and the Texas AFL-CIO, leaders talked about the devastating impact the Death Star law has for everyday Texans.