Minnesota
We organize across Minnesota to drive progressive change through collaborative governance with local partners and communities.

AT A GLANCE

Local Progress Minnesota (LPMN) organizes local elected officials across the state to share best practices and policy solutions across our counties, cities, towns, and school boards. After spending years of organizing – helping to advance critical work to reimagine public safety and support housing justice – we became LP’s fourth official state chapter in August 2022. See our Statement of Principles here. 

LPMN currently has more than 60 members across the state, representing the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota.

Our Work & Priorities

In Minnesota, our work is driven by community needs and done in deep partnership with state partners and movement allies.

Our key issue areas include housing, community safety, climate justice, and abortion access.

Organizing Committee

As a member-led network, our state work is led by an incredible state organizing committee – a group of LPMN members that meet regularly to weigh in on policy priorities, propose statewide campaigns, and drive the strategic vision for our work. 

Co-chairs:

  • Mitra Jalali, St. Paul Councilmember
  • Robyn Gulley, West St. Paul City Councilmember
Members:
  • Mike Elliott, Mayor, Brooklyn Center
  • Trista Matascastillo, Ramsey County Board Chair
  • Thomas Brooks, Osseo School Board Member
  • Nadia Mohamed, St. Louis Park Councilmember
  • Azrin Awal, Duluth City Councilmember
  • Jen Westmoreland, Hopkins School Board Chair

Our State work

COMMUNITY SAFETY

In Minnesota, we can build real safety by investing in community needs, violence prevention strategies, and alternative response programs. We’ve supported groundbreaking safety work in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center.

HOUSING

Local governments across Minnesota have been working to meet the needs of their residents and stabilize communities through rent control and expanding renter protections.

ABORTION & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

In deep collaboration with local advocates, we are working at the local level to protect bodily autonomy and support abortion access for Minnesota residents and those traveling from out-of-state to receive care.

SCHOOL BOARD ORGANIZING

School board members are the policymakers closest to students in our public education system, working to ensure the mental, emotional, and physical safety that young people need to thrive in school and beyond. We are organizing school board members around a multi-issue policy agenda.

FEATURED NEWS & STORIES

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Minnesota becomes LP’s Fourth State Chapter

Local Progress Minnesota was officially certified as our fourth state chapter -- a statewide organization of Local Progress members with a formal leadership structure, a robust and representative membership, and typically a goal to raise money to hire staff capacity locally.

The Network Download: Abortion rights, worker protections, and more. | Sept 2022

Here’s a look at some of what’s happening across the Local Progress network this month.

Minnesota cities have earned sick and safe time: The state can too

The pandemic has made it crystal clear that all our health is connected. Yet, far too many families – particularly families of color – lack the support needed to care for their loved ones or themselves.

George Floyd.

Today, we hold George Floyd, his daughter, his family and friends tighter in our hearts.

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