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Building Our Collective Power | Leadership Collaborative 2023

At Local Progress, we understand that we are all stronger when we collectively organize as local electeds across the country and in deep partnership with grassroots allies towards a shared vision. The Leadership Collaborative is how we deepen that work.
Community groups, local electeds, faith leaders, and labor partners standing in solidarity against HB 2127 with signs.

Texas Local Electeds Sound Alarm on Harmful Preemption Bill

Alongside community organizations, faith leaders, and labor unions, Local Progress Texas (LPTX) members from across the state are speaking out against HB 2127, a wide-reaching preemption bill that would strip local governments of this basic right.
LPTX members and partners posing together in front of a mural in El Paso, Texas.

LPTX State Download 🌷 | Legislative round-up & more! | March 2023

Here's some of the latest news and exciting updates from our Texas chapter.
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Federal Advocacy Roundup | March 2023

Though Congress has been quieter this month after their turbulent January, there’s never a quiet month in Washington D.C. February’s developments have put a bright spotlight on the actions—and inaction—of federal agencies. Here's our analysis.

As local laws fall, NY leaders call for statewide ‘good cause’ eviction legislation

In a letter to state leaders shared exclusively with City & State, dozens of local leaders pushed for the tenant protections.
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LPMN State Download 🌸 | Legislative action, state meeting & more! | March 2023

Here's some of the latest news and exciting updates from our Minnesota chapter.
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Florida Senate unanimously approves $700 million plan to address affordable housing

A group called the Local Progress Impact Lab released a survey of 1,250 registered voters in Florida conducted by the African-American Research Collaborative on Wednesday that showed that 81% of those surveyed either strongly or somewhat agreed that the state should limit rent increases.
Minnesota local electeds and partners show support for statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave with signs in front of a mural.

Minnesota local electeds call for statewide Paid Family & Medical Leave

LP members in MN share their perspective on the state's proposed Paid Family and Medical Leave program, and what they’re hearing directly from their communities about it.

Governing is a Team Sport. Introducing LP’s Leadership Collaborative.

This year we are launching the Leadership Collaborative – a cross-organizational, multi-state, multi-issue, multi-racial space hosted as four convenings over the course of the next three years.

LPNC State Download 🌱 | NC Defend Local Democracy, ARP Cohort, & more! | Spring 2023

Here's some of the latest news and exciting updates from our North Carolina chapter.

The Network Download: Decriminalizing abortion, reimagining traffic safety, school board updates, and more | Feb 2023

Here's a look at some of what's happening across the Local Progress network.

Meet the LP’s newly-formed School Board Steering Committee!

The steering committee will guide the work of the school board cohort moving forward, bringing a diverse range of experiences and expertise to building our shared agenda.

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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:

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How this election is putting real safety on the ballot in Texas

LP members Austin City Councilmember Vanessa Fuentes and San Antonio City Councilmember Jalen McKee-Rodriguez highlight the growing trend of community-driven ballot initiatives seeking to advance and invest in real safety across Texas.
Headshot of Rep LaVon Bracy Davis and Commissioner Emily Bonilla

Attack on renter protection is another attack on local democracy

State Rep. LaVon Bracy Davis and Orange County Commissioner Emily Bonilla stress that preemption bills like HB 1417 just take power away from everyday Floridians.
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State Interference Threatens Local Power, Safety, and Support

Dallas City Councilmember Adam Bazaldua details how TX HB 2127 would stifle local democracy and put workers' lives in danger.
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The Accountant Who Wants to Take On the Police

How a new set of progressive controllers, including LA's Kenneth Mejia and NYC's Brad Lander are curtailing the cops, one spreadsheet at a time.

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LPFL members and staff posing for a photo in front of the old capitol in Tallahassee.

Florida Local Electeds Call on Governor DeSantis to Veto Harmful Preemption Bills

As Florida legislative session ends, Local Progress Florida speaks out against harmful state preemption bills SB 170 and HB 1417, and calls on DeSantis to veto them.

Collective Courage is Contagious: A Message from ED Sarah Johnson

Executive Director Sarah Johnson shares the news that she'll be transitioning out of the team in the Fall and reflections on why this is the best job she's ever had.

LPNC Members Sign Letter Against Anti-Immigrant HB10

Local Progress members across North Carolina signed on to a letter calling for members of the General Assembly to defend immigrant rights.

In Solidarity with Antioch Councilmembers Tamisha Torres-Walker & Monica Wilson

Local Progress Members Submit Amicus Brief in Support of Housing First