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 projects

Aug 23 Fox Noise Channel, Roger Ailes hit with $50 million lawsuit by ex-host Andrea Tantaros
Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny. — Excerpt from ex-host Andrea Tantaros’ lawsuit against Fox Noise Channel and Roger Ailes for sexual harassment (via Deadline).
Aug 23 Hey Link riders: Cellular service is rolling out to Sound Transit’s underground facilities
Tired of losing cellular service when you descend into an underground Link light rail station? Then rejoice, for Sound Transit has announced that customers on all four of America’s major wireless providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will soon be able to get a signal in its underground facilities, which include the Downtown S...
Aug 22 Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight
If you want to write stories that might anger a billionaire, you need to work for another billionaire yourself, or for a billion-dollar corporation. The law will not protect you. There is no freedom in this world but power and money. — Tom Scocca: Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight
Aug 22 Why say NO to I-732? It’s about justice — environmental and social justice
Editor’s Note: The team at NPI is pleased to welcome Robin Barnes to the Cascadia Advocate. Robin holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She currently works on international non-profit projects that promote gender equity, human development, and environmental justice. In this special guest post, she expla...
Aug 21 Books for sale at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic
Books for sale at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic
Aug 20 NPI President Robert Cruickshank speaks at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic
NPI President Robert Cruickshank speaks at NPI's Thirteenth Anniversary Picnic