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Local Progress Reacts To Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.