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Leading with equity in your coronavirus response

March 12, 2020 As all of our communities deal with the spread of coronavirus, people will look to local governments for an efficient and bold response that protects the safety of all residents as well as the public health. We know full well that the inequities entrenched in our society are

Education Resources: Culturally Responsive Curriculum

In February 2020, Local Progress partnered with Megan Hester and Pamela D’Angela Martinez from NYU Metro Center on a culturally responsive curriculum workshop. The purpose was to provide school board members with knowledge and information about the importance of culturally responsive curriculum in schools and demonstrate how to assess their own schools. While

We’re going to Tempe, Arizona for our National Convening!

Block out your calendars. Get ready to bring the heat to your policies and governance. Because Local Progress is officially going to Tempe, Arizona on August 7-8 for our 2020 National Convening!  We are so excited to head southwest to hold our ninth annual convening in close partnership with Local Progress members, community organizations, and

CA Tenant Protection Act of 2019: Implementation and Enforcement

On January 30, 2020, Local Progress partnered with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Housing NOW! Coalition, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty on a program exploring the implementation and enforcement of the 2019 Tenant Protection Act. We were joined by Francisco Duenas, Director from Housing NOW! and Alexander Harden, Policy

Reform/Transform: An Analysis of Policing in 12 Cities

In 2018, Local Progress launched Reform/Transform: 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. Over the course of 2019, we engaged local elected officials and community leaders in a range of communities to evaluate their

Defending and Increasing Local Access to Reproductive Health

In many states across the country, our fundamental rights are under attack from state legislatures passing bans to restrict access to reproductive health care, including abortion care and contraception. We know full well that these restrictions disproportionately harm people with low incomes and people of color, including our immigrant neighbors who might be reluctant

Getting on Your Count for the 2020 Census

Local elected officials have an important role to play to protect our democracy and the U.S. Census. The Trump Administration's widespread attempt to manipulate the census is part of a multi-pronged strategy to attack and erase immigrant communities and to control legislative bodies across the country for another decade. Earlier this fall Local Progress

Reflections from A Powerful Local Progress NY State Convening

November 25, 2019 What a weekend! 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. It was truly a powerful gathering of progressive leaders from across the state, and we’re thrilled about the foundation we’ve laid for

Everyone Needs a Safe Place to Call Home

A reflection after our Local Progress Housing Convening in Durham, North Carolina October 21, 2019 There is a simple truth that connects every person in all of our cities, counties, towns, and villages across the country: everyone needs a safe place to call home. Having a home to raise their families, enjoy their leisure time,

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