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.

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 or more receive a Framing Sense handbook that provides useful advice on how to communicate using the logic of progressive values.
  • Advocate: Members who donate $50 per year or more receive an NPI-designed wall calendar that lists key legislative and election dates and birthdays of inspiring progressive leaders in addition to holidays and phases of the moon, plus Framing Sense.
  • Sustainer: Members who donated $100 per year or more receive a Washington Progressive Blogroll t-shirt listing all the progressive blogs we know about from our home state, plus Framing Sense and our wall calendar. T-shirts are printed by a local union shop in a different color each year.
  • Champion: Members who donate $250 per year or more receive a coffee table photobook that beautifully depicts a collection of images taken by NPI staff, plus Framing Sense, our wall calendar, and a Washington Progressive Blogroll t-shirt. NPI offers a different photobook each year.

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.

May 22 SIFF Documentary Review: Our Bodies Our Doctors is a timely reminder of the importance of reprodu...
Read NPI's review of Our Bodies Our Doctors, a film about reproductive rights that's being screened at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival. The post SIFF Documentary Review: Our Bodies Our Doctors is a timely reminder of the importance of reproductive rights is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .
May 19 Last week (May 13th-17th) in Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted
Find out how our region's United States Representatives and Senators voted in this installment of our recurring feature Last Week in Congress. The post Last week (May 13th-17th) in Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .
May 16 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio enters the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to become a presidential candidate, apparently figuring there isn't any downside. The post New York Mayor Bill de Blasio enters the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field is from the NPI's Cascadia Advocate .
May 15 As neocon John Bolton tries to instigate a conflict with Iran, a reminder that MADtv saw this mov...
As neocon John Bolton tries to instigate a conflict with Iran, here's a reminder that MADtv saw this move coming back in 2007. Watch and laugh... if you can. The post As neocon John Bolton tries to instigate a conflict with Iran, a reminder that MADtv saw this move coming back in 2007 appeared first on In Brief .
May 15 BOOK REVIEW: “A Prophet of Peace” and Juan Cole’s New Historicism
I sometimes attend the Seattle Atheist Church on Sundays, and despite the many virtues that group has an organization and positive argument it makes by example for secular humanism, the fact that the “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheism movement were four white Anglo-American men reflects accurately the biases you’ll find in the ...
May 13 We’re number one! U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington best state in the country
The State of Washington has been ranked the top state in the United States of America for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, which looked at seventy different indicators to measure how well each state is delivering for its citizens. The post We’re number one! U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington best state in the country appe...