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Connecting Elected Officials for ‘Local Progress’

About the Campaign

In November 2012, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) helped to create Local Progress, a national municipal policy network for progressive elected officials from cities around the country. Local Progress now has hundreds of members from around the country who are united by a shared commitment to a strong middle and working class, equal justice under law, sustainable and livable cities, and good government that serves the public interest effectively. Local Progress connects elected officials with one another, facilitates the sharing of...

In November 2012, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) helped to create Local Progress, a national municipal policy network for progressive elected officials from cities around the country. Local Progress now has hundreds of members from around the country who are united by a shared commitment to a strong middle and working class, equal justice under law, sustainable and livable cities, and good government that serves the public interest effectively. Local Progress connects elected officials with one another, facilitates the sharing of effective practices, and coordinates policy campaigns across different cities.

At our founding convening in 2012, we brought together three dozen progressive legislators to strategize about building an institution that can yield policy and political victories for decades to come by replicating effective policies and developing robust inside/outside legislative strategies that connect community-based organizations and progressive unions with elected officials who want to advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda.

On October 25-27, 2013, Local Progress hosted its Second Annual National Convening in Washington, DC. Close to 60 local elected officials from around the country came together to discuss issues such as voting rights, immigrant integration, housing policy, sustainable cities, and the creation of good jobs. The convening heard plenary speeches by American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary Treasurer Mike Fishman, National Education Association (NEA) Executive Director John Stocks, incoming Democracy Alliance President Gara LaMarche, and Georgetown School of Law Professor Peter Edelman. The convening was a unique opportunity in which local elected officials and key advocates came together to build important infrastructure, deepen their relationships, and discuss local policy solutions that will yield lasting progressive change.

During our first year, CPD and Local Progress have held national briefing sessions that brought together over 200 elected officials, staffers, and advocates to discuss a wide array of pressing issues, including:

CPD has also created the following issue briefs for legislators in Local Progress:

Additionally, Local Progress has launched issue groups on Solutions to the Foreclosure Crisis on Good Jobs for Low Wage workers. These issue groups bring together elected officials to communicate about and plan their work across the country. Local Progress is likely to launch coordinated campaigns in the near future to support our members’ legislative efforts and elevate these key issues into the national dialogue.

To learn more and to join Local Progress, please visit localprogress.org.

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