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  • Young Leaders in Politics Happy Hour at Netroots Nation

    Please join LaunchProgress Action Fund, People for the American Way, and the Michigan Democratic Party Youth Caucus for a happy hour event celebrating young leaders in politics. Meet and mingle with other young leaders and learn more about these organizations and their work to support the next generation of changemakers. BEVERAGES PROVIDED.* Read More
  • HuffPost: Young People Helped Found This Country, It's Time for Us to Step Up and Lead Again

    The Huffington Post just published an op-ed by Stevaughn Bush, Communications Coordinator at LaunchProgress. Stevaughn highlights the obstacles younger candidates face—proving their abilities, raising sufficient funds to compete against entrenched interests, and overcoming gender and racial bias that still exist in our country. As we celebrate the 238th anniversary of a fundamental change in our nation's politics, LaunchProgress is working to help with the next: This is what LaunchProgress is trying to change. Our plan is to build a new infrastructure that will help millennials of all backgrounds jump into politics. This will create a new generation of progressive leaders — leaders who look like our changing America and govern with our interests in mind. Read More
  • Young Candidate Spotlight: Anna Diaz-Takes The Shield

    Welcome to our ongoing interview series highlighting young elected officials and young candidates. This month we spoke with Anna Diaz-Takes The Shield, a 26-year-old Native American who is running for state representative of South Dakota’s 27th district. Read More
  • Investing in New American Leaders

    Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the New American Leaders Project Alumni Conference on supporting emerging political leaders. I joined Jess Carrano (Acting Political Director, Working Families Party), Dan Altschuler (Coordinator, Make the Road New York Action Fund), and Azi Paybarah (Reporter, Capital New York) in encouraging community leaders of color from across the country to run for office. Young people are the most diverse generation in the country. Yet people of color are severely underrepresented in politics, making up only 16 percent of members of congress. But we are all working to change this. Read More
  • National Journal’s The Next America: Elect a New Generation for Lasting Climate Change Solutions

    President Obama recently announced plans to cut power plant carbon pollution by 30%. But as LaunchProgress Co-Founder Poy Winichakul argues in National Journal’s The Next America series, this environmental victory needs to be expanded and defended by a new generation of policy makers: If we want this plan to last, opportunities and answers lie with millennials. The president and the environmental community must do more to invest in this next generation of leaders, who will take up the mantle on climate change solutions. Read More
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