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Holding space for yesterday and how we move forward together

In the hours, days, and weeks ahead, it will take all of us to chart a new way forward..

2020 Year in Review

As a network, we have grown and our collective work has helped push the progressive policies..

Local Progress Announces New Board Leadership

Councilmember Casar is a native Texan, the son of Mexican immigrants, a community organizer, and an Austin City Council Member..

Progressive Governance Academy Hosts Southern Regional Training Series

The Progressive Governance Academy (PGA) is a newly-launched pilot project between Local Progress

Progressive Governance Academy Kicks off in Connecticut with First Virtual Training Series

Despite the pandemic and communities working to eliminate racial injustices, the Progressive Governance Academy (PGA) is navigating this new normal to support our elected officials around the country.

Trump’s Surge of Federal Police in Cities is Dangerously Authoritarian. We Won’t Stand For It.

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Trump’s announced intent to deploy federal law enforcement from the Department of Homeland Security.

How Local Elected Leaders Can Make it Easier and Safer to Vote During COVID-19

A new toolkit outlines high-priority local reforms to protect democracy during the pandemic.

The cities that are already defunding the police

In the aftermath of the protests over the killing of George Floyd, city leaders are calling to cut law enforcement budgets or reallocate funds in at least 19 U.S. cities, according to Local Progress, which pushes for racial and economic justice and is tracking the issue in real-time.

The Cities Taking Up Calls to Defund the Police

Minneapolis councilmembers took a remarkable step in pledging to reimagine public safety. Other cities are heeding demands to reduce police resources.

Minneapolis lawmakers vow to disband police department in historic move

City council members declare intent to ‘abolish’ embattled agency and replace with alternative model in wake of George Floyd’s killing.

Local Progress Applauds Minneapolis Community and City Council Members for Historical Step in Reimagining Public Safety

“Transforming this system will not happen overnight. This is just the beginning — but it will undoubtedly lead to long-lasting change.”

How Cities Offload the Cost of Police Brutality

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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 One Progressive City Is Fighting to Decriminalize Abortion

As part of a growing movement, municipalities like Austin are finding ways to protect their most vulnerable citizens in a post-Roe world.

Colorado Progressives Celebrate Victories at National Conference in Denver

After two years of Zoom meetings, the return of the Local Progress convention to an in-person format was an opportunity for progressives such as Kniech to share what they've accomplished with people who'd flown in from across the country.

Local Governments Mobilize to Support Working Citizens

In recent years, a number of local governments have stepped up their programs to support workers, from enacting local minimum wage laws and pursuing wage theft to creating new offices to enforce labor laws.

Local Progress takes progressive reproductive freedom agenda to local leaders

“I would say that many people in Texas who have the ability to be pregnant are now at risk,” said Kara Sheehan, the Texas chapter manager of Local Progress. “We are looking to our local officials to lead."

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School Safety & the Senate’s Bipartisan Gun Control Bill

We need meaningful gun control coupled with the things that build truly safe schools – providing physical, psychological, and emotional safety for all students. That means fully funding our public schools to have the teachers, staff, materials and spaces children need.

Biden’s Proposed 2023 Federal Budget & Community Safety

Earlier this week, President Biden released his FY2023 budget proposal.

LPTX Calls for Action on Anniversary of Winter Storm Uri

This week, more than 30 local leaders signed an open letter calling for a massive overhaul of Texas’ energy infrastructure.

Local Elected Officials Across Florida Sound Alarm on Legislative Session

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

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.