The Progressive Project (TPP) is a growing movement to guarantee equality for all citizens and to establish America as a global leader that promotes peace, sustainability and human rights.
Launched in 2004 by a group of friends, we connect people to political actions that move the nation closer to this long-term vision. Person by person, we are building a national movement that can mobilize quickly and that also comes together in community.
Because we’re not your average political group, the best way to get to know TPP is to come to one of our events. Until then, think of TPP as the place where human connections meets strategic action.
WHAT WE WORK ON
Ongoing priorities include LGBT rights and electing progressives to office at the local, state and national levels. We work on traditional campaigns and we develop innovations that create new ways for people to engage in political and public life. Our work is also guided by the commitments of the people involved in TPP. After the Haitian earthquake in January 2010, for example, we helped raise funds for Partners in Health, an organization that does ongoing work in Haiti and for which an active TPPer is a staffer.
HOW WE WORK
Based on our study of how movements work, we have set out to build one, step by step. Through our workshop, “The Idea Factory,” we develop innovations in community organizing and strategy. We then try these ideas out in communities across the country; figure out what works and what doesn’t; and then improve the models. All of our models are open-source and we provide direct support to people as they adapt these models to their communities.
This approach means we work across sectors and take different forms as we fill gaps. In the last six years, we’ve worked on campaigns, written amici briefs, put on film festivals, hosted dinner parties, conducted legal, movement and strategy analysis, raised funds for our partners, and developed innovations in organizing. These pieces, which can at first glance appear discrete, are connected by the core values that animate our work. It all comes back to human connection and strategic action.
STRUCTURE & FUNDING
By design, we are not a non-profit or a corporation. We raise funds by passing the hat and through the gifts of supporters. All funding is used for costs associated with programming and maintaining this website. No one receives a salary for working with TPP.