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.

Sep 23 Documentary Review: “We the People 2.0” examines the decay of American democracy
In order to protect our environment from messy oil and gas projects, hazardous waste, toxic pollution, and industrial agriculture threatening local farming, a new iteration of democracy is necessary. At least, that is the argument put forth in “We the People 2.0,” a 2016 documentary produced by Tree Media. This compelling film starts off by [...
Sep 22 Round three of Jimmy Kimmel’s battle with Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham
Jimmy has found himself in the middle of a battle over American health care, so tonight he responds to more criticism from Senator Bill Cassidy and those other jerks who want to take our health care away.
Sep 22 John McCain announces his opposition to Graham-Cassidy, likely dooming the bill
"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.," McCain said in a statement.
Sep 22 Why Seattle geology makes earthquakes worse
"Mexico City and Seattle have a lot in common when it comes to earthquakes. One example, the soil the cities sit on can actually amplify the effects and length of the shaking. KING5's Glenn Farley is here to talk about what that means for us here in the Pacific Northwest."
Sep 22 There are three types of single-payer ‘concern trolls’ — and they all want to undermine universal...
Money for war is magically always there; money for healthcare must be counted bean by bean. — Adam Johnson: There are three types of single-payer ‘concern trolls’ — and they all want to undermine universal healthcare
Sep 21 Dino Rossi becomes a candidate once again — this time for the U.S. House in WA-08
Dino Rossi confirmed tonight that he once again becoming a candidate for public office, this time for the United States House of Representatives in 2018. At the Washington State Republican Party’s annual dinner in Bellevue, Rossi made his long-rumored candidacy official, declaring that he will be vying to succeed Dave Reichert in Washingto...