Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through insightful research and imaginative advocacy.

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Who we are and what we do

A strategy center is an organization that helps people think and act pragmatically so they can realize their goals. That is NPI’s role within the community of people and organizations identifying as progressive.

At our core, we’re a think tank with the soul of a tech startup, generating and refining ideas that would raise up our region and our country, leading to a more inclusive economy and society for everyone.

But we’re also a media, advocacy, and outreach organization, because we know that taking an idea from conception to implementation requires a lot more than research. It’s this commitment to communicating and organizing that sets us apart from conventional think tanks.

Metaphorically, NPI can be thought of as a Swiss Army knife for the progressive movement. We’re a multifaceted organization that has been built to move quickly and effectively. Ingenuity is in our DNA. We’re funded and supported by activists who want to invest in permanent infrastructure, not just win the next election. Our goal is to empower activists to become thought leaders, mastering the reframing skills needed to liberate our public discourse from right wing demagoguery.

We invite you to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Our Values

Progressive values are traditional American values, values that we are proud of.

We believe in a more perfect Union that guarantees freedom, liberty, equality, and opportunity for all of its citizens, with laws and rules rooted in our core values of empathy and mutual responsibility. We believe in an America that prizes dissent and independent thinking as patriotic.

We believe that the people and the planet are more important than profit. In the words of the old Native American proverb: We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. We believe that taxes are investments that allow us to pool our resources to afford the essential public services we need. And we believe the laws we adopt as a society should make us healthier, cleaner, and safer.

Too often, decisions are driven by greed as opposed to what it is in the public interest or supported by science. At NPI, we believe we must liberate our politics from the grip of big money.

Our values shape and guide our views on the major issues that face our country today. We support policy directions and specific policies (whether proposed through our system of representative government or directly to the people by initiative) that embody our values.

See recent positions we’ve taken on ballot measures and legislative bills in our Advocacy section.

Our Projects and Publications

Besides our core website, our online presence includes the following projects and publications:

Cascadia Advocate
The Cascadia Advocate is NPI’s long-form blog, providing frequent news, analysis, and commentary.
In Brief
In Brief is a sister publication of The Cascadia Advocate offering links, quotes, asides, and clips.
Permanent Defense
Permanent Defense fights right wing initiatives, especially harmful proposals from bad actors like Tim Eyman
Pacific NW Portal
Pacific NW Portal serves citizens, activists, and journalists as a regional media & information gateway.

Become a member

Our work would not be possible without the support of our members, who donate annually or monthly to sustain our research and advocacy. Help revolutionize grassroots politics by becoming a member of the Northwest Progressive Institute today.

As one way of saying thank you for investing in our work, we offer the following benefits of membership.

  • Activist: Members who donate $25 per year receive the opportunity to join NPI’s monthly Thought Leadership Briefings, held via Zoom. Each briefing begins with update from NPI’s staff and board on the latest significant research findings from NPI and other trusted sources on national and local issues, and concludes with a Q&A.
  • Advocate: Members who donate $50 per year receive an exclusive invitation to participate in quarterly Activism Matters seminars (held jointly with the Northwest Progressive Foundation) plus access to NPI’s monthly Grassroots Leadership Briefings.
  • Sustainer: Members who donate $100 per year receive discounted admission to all ticketed NPI events (like our Spring Fundraising Gala), plus exclusive invitations to participate in quarterly Activism Matters seminars and access to NPI’s monthly Grassroots Leadership Briefings.
  • Champion: Members who donate $250 per year or more receive a new book twice a year as part of NPI’s Staff Book Club, accompanied by a one-page guide explaining how we use the book to advance our work, plus exclusive invitations to participate in quarterly Activism Matters seminars, discounted admission to all ticketed NPI events, and access to NPI’s monthly Grassroots Leadership Briefings.

Becoming a member of NPI is easy. We offer two ways to pay dues: online via credit card or by check through U.S. Mail. If you choose the latter option, our website will generate a completed membership form for you that you can print out and enclose with your check.

Recently published by NPI

Browse new content from our projects and publications.

Apr 3 Pandemic? What pandemic? Tim Eyman still putting his life and others’ lives at risk
The scammer turned gubernatorial candidate is failing to model good behavior and abide by physical distancing guidelines. The post Pandemic? What pandemic? Tim Eyman still putting his life and others’ lives at risk is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .
Apr 2 2020 Democratic National Convention moves out of July and into August due to pandemic
The Democratic Party now plans to nominate its candidates for President and Vice President one month later than originally planned. The post 2020 Democratic National Convention moves out of July and into August due to pandemic is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .
Apr 1 Journalist and columnist Joel Connelly to retire from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
At the end of June 2020, Heart's longest-serving Seattle employee will retire after a distinguished career. The post Journalist and columnist Joel Connelly to retire from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .
Apr 1 Trump regime: Americans on Social Security will have to file a simple tax return to receive a $1,...
"Many lawmakers and advocates for the poor say filing a tax return shouldn’t be necessary for people on Social Security since the government already knows how to send this population monthly checks. The $2.2 trillion aid package said that if someone has not filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return, the U.S. Treasury should get their information from Soci...
Mar 29 Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 23rd-27th)
The week's major votes consisted of House and Senate passage of the The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, H.R. 748. The post Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 23rd-27th) is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .
Mar 27 Another loss for Tim Eyman: Judge rules injunction against I‑976 shall remain in place
The disgraced initiative promoter turned Republican gubernatorial candidate has suffered another defeat in court as the legal battle against his anti-transit initiative continues. The post Another loss for Tim Eyman: Judge rules injunction against I‑976 shall remain in place is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .