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.

We’re a think tank with the soul of a tech startup.

We research ideas and propose solutions to elected officials, fellow activists, and the public. 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 projects

Jan 17 Chelsea Manning is going free: President Obama commutes thirty-five year prison sentence
Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for leaking documents to WikiLeaks will be released this coming May after President Obama granted a commutation.
Jan 17 Like a scene from The Chronicles of Narnia: Frozen Franklin Falls is a winter wonderland
One of the great advantages of living in the Pacific Northwest is the nearness of nature, including unspoiled mountains and ocean beaches. Thanks to the work of many sustainability-oriented Washingtonians, Oregonians, and Idahoans, we have protected many of our beautiful and wild places from being scarred or destroyed. One such place is the Moun...
Jan 16 Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Signs in the crowd
Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Signs in the crowd
Jan 16 Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: I Have A Dream
Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: I Have A Dream
Jan 16 Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Thousands of activists p...
Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Thousands of activists prepare to visit their representatives
Jan 16 Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Washington legislators, ...
Scenes from the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools: Washington legislators, remember your paramount duty