Welcome to the Northwest Progressive Institute, a netroots powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through innovative research and imaginative advocacy. We’re a think tank with the soul of a tech startup.

We research ideas and propose solutions to elected officials, opinionmakers, and the American people. We uncover the harmful consequences of right wing initiatives, particularly those sponsored by Tim Eyman. NPI is very different from most institutions – in part, that’s because it’s been built by activists, for activists. Our most important resources are human energy (your energy!) and the Internet – the most democratic medium for communication ever invented.

We exist to organize and mobilize progressive thinkers, and give activists an outlet to make their voices heard.

North·west (nawrth-west; Naut. nawr-west)
–noun: the northwestern part of the United States, especially Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Pro·gres·sive (pruh-gres-iv)
–adjective: favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are.

In·sti·tute (in-sti-toot, -tyoot)
–noun: a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, like advancing the common good and expanding freedom.

Headlines from our publications

May 26 Left Coast dominates the list of states where fitness is king
Left Coast dominates the list of states where fitness is king To find where people exercise most and least, exercise applications tracked twenty-two million users. According to MapMyFitness, the states where people are the most serious about staying in shape are California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. All are west of the Rockies.
May 25 Tomb of the Unknowns (“Unknown Soldier”)
Remembering all our veterans - and all those who protect and defend throughout the world - on Memorial Day. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. (Photo: Tony Fischer, reproduced under a Creative Commons license)
May 24 Watch Rachel Notley and the NDP officially take office in Alberta
Rachel Notley was sworn in as Alberta's seventeenth premier in a ceremony in Edmonton on May 24, 2015. Learn about the Premier and her Cabinet.
May 24 A win for progressives in Philadelphia
A win for progressives in Philadelphia This week, a mayoral primary in Pennsylvania’s largest city pitted a progressive against a corporate Democrat. The progressive won—a result that illuminates the party’s growing internal divide. Molly Ball explains.
May 24 Father Michael Ryan’s Pentecost homily: The same Holy Spirit that Bishop Oscar Romero drew courag...
My friends, the disciples began their Pentecost huddled in fear, and that may be true for us, too. But the same Spirit that set the disciples of Jesus on fire, and Oscar Romero, too, is alive in us -– maybe a little dormant, but alive. There is only one thing in the way: fear. May […]
May 24 Six reasons to reject Legislature’s pavement-heavy transportation proposals
Six reasons to reject Legislature’s pavement-heavy transportation proposals Writing for The Seattle Times, Sightline’s Clark Williams-Derry and WashPIRG’s Bruce Speight explain why the Washington State House and State Senate’s proposed transportation packages are not worth passing in their present incarnation.