Welcome!

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 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.
May 23 U.S. Senate adjourns after failing to take any action to reform or renew the unPatriot Act
Well, that was really something. Just minutes ago, the United States Senate adjourned for an extended Memorial Day weekend recess after having failed to pass any legislation to reform or renew expiring provisions of the (un)Patriot Act — which means that the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation will need to start wi...
May 22 Big Bird or Big Oil? Mismanagement is jeopardizing the future of Seattle’s KCTS
Editor’s Note: John de Graaf is a respected documentary filmmaker and progressive activist with decades of public television experience. He was the keynote speaker at NPI’s 2010 Spring Fundraising Gala and is a valued supporter of NPI’s work. In this post, he explains what has been happening recently at KCTS Seattle, and what w...
May 22 Champion: Long-term thinking should prevail in Federal Way light rail alignment decision
What we’re trying to talk about is the future of Federal Way… Federal Way is the tenth largest city in this state. This won’t be complete, probably, until the 2030s. Funding doesn’t exist for it. None of you will probably be on the City Council by then, if I’m being honest. So it’s not going […]