Public Leadership Institute

Public Leadership Institute The Public Leadership Institute is a nonpartisan policy and leadership center organized to raise public awareness on issues of equity and justice.

We support the largest number of progressive policymakers in the nation, comprised of 13,000 leaders. The Public Leadership Institute creates and distributes research and model legislation on a wide range of issues within local and state policy, including economic opportunity, education, civil rights, healthcare, reproductive justice, and the environment. We host the largest network of progressive

We support the largest number of progressive policymakers in the nation, comprised of 13,000 leaders. The Public Leadership Institute creates and distributes research and model legislation on a wide range of issues within local and state policy, including economic opportunity, education, civil rights, healthcare, reproductive justice, and the environment. We host the largest network of progressive

The Lily, published by The Washington Post, ran a story which includes mention of our Playbook for Abortion Rights:Democ...
10/21/2021
Lawmakers are racing to mimic the Texas abortion law in their own states. They say the bills will fly through.

The Lily, published by The Washington Post, ran a story which includes mention of our Playbook for Abortion Rights:

Democratic state legislators propose and pass far less abortion-related legislation than their Republican colleagues, [Aimee] Arrambide said. She joined the Public Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan policy center, in 2015 to help create “A Playbook for Abortion Rights,” a 196-page manual of model legislation that mirrored the antiabortion version published by Americans United for Life. The playbook, published in 2016, included bills designed to protect abortion clinics against acts of violence and prevent abortion clinics from having to share medically inaccurate information. Until that point, Arrambide knew of no national infrastructure that allowed legislators who supported abortion rights to share legislative ideas and borrow from one another.

Legislators in several dozen states have proposed versions of bills similar to those in the Public Leadership Institute’s manual, said Bernie Horn, senior director for policy and communications at the Public Leadership Institute.
https://www.thelily.com/lawmakers-are-racing-to-mimic-the-texas-abortion-law-in-their-own-states-they-say-the-bills-will-fly-through/

“Copycat bills” are a tradition that has been a hallmark of the antiabortion movement for decades.

A little disagreement with George Will's essay in the Washington Post...https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/letters-...
09/24/2021
Opinion | Equal opportunity for happiness, not equal results

A little disagreement with George Will's essay in the Washington Post...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/letters-to-the-editor/equal-opportunity-for-happiness-not-equal-results/2021/09/24/04759f9c-1be1-11ec-bea8-308ea134594f_story.html

A statue of Thomas Jefferson standing next to a stack of bricks marked with the names of people he enslaved sits under the words of the Declaration of Independence at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)Today at 5:25 p.m. EDTToday at 5:25...

Want to do something to protect abortion rights? We wrote a Playbook!
09/04/2021
Abortion Rights - Public leadership Institute

Want to do something to protect abortion rights? We wrote a Playbook!

Acknowledgements FORWARD: Talking About Abortion A. EXPAND ACCESS TO ABORTION Qualified Providers of Abortion Act—Allows advanced practice clinicians (APCs) – nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants – to perform aspiration abortions. Access to Medication Abortion...

PA Rep. Chris Rabb on MSNBC talking about the new hiring database being established in the state to track police personn...
07/21/2020
Pa. has a new hiring database to weed out bad cops: Will it do what it needs to do? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

PA Rep. Chris Rabb on MSNBC talking about the new hiring database being established in the state to track police personnel and discipline records. This is a huge step forward for criminal justice reform.

https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/pa-has-a-new-hiring-database-to-weed-out-bad-cops-will-it-do-what-it-needs-to-do/

Police reformers won their first Harrisburg victory in decades this week, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill creating a confidential database of police personnel and discipline records.

New column from Gloria Totten. (Don't you love the expression on Tucker Carlson's face as Lt. Gov. Patrick says that we ...
03/26/2020
Trump Throws Grandma From The Train | OurFuture.org by People's Action

New column from Gloria Totten. (Don't you love the expression on Tucker Carlson's face as Lt. Gov. Patrick says that we should let the elderly die?)

A few days ago, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick went on Fox News to deliver the message, “Let’s get back to work. Let’s get back to living. Let’s be smart about it, and those of us that are 70...

Live your values...
01/20/2020

Live your values...

07/15/2019

ICYMI: Our closing speaker, 17 year old climate activist Alex Trevino, bringing down the house with a powerful speech about her experiences at Standing Rock. She ends with a call to action: "I expect all of you to go home and find some youth in your community and get them involved"

MA Rep. David Linsky, WV Del. Sammi Brown and PA Sen. Art Haywood talk about efforts to make income taxes progressive an...
07/13/2019

MA Rep. David Linsky, WV Del. Sammi Brown and PA Sen. Art Haywood talk about efforts to make income taxes progressive and make other taxes less regressive, keeping money in the pockets of working people while improving crumbling infrastructure.

Minnesota State Rep. Rena Moran is lifting up values of the black community, fighting injustice, and leading charge to p...
07/13/2019

Minnesota State Rep. Rena Moran is lifting up values of the black community, fighting injustice, and leading charge to protect black families and stop removal of kids from their mothers, schools, and communities into foster care. When parents get the support to help their families they can succeed!

“People who set the frame set the agenda” Nationally renowned pollster Celinda Lake message to progressive legislators: ...
07/13/2019

“People who set the frame set the agenda” Nationally renowned pollster Celinda Lake message to progressive legislators: Lets go on offense!

Susana Duran of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United talks DC's fight for a universal minimum wage that doesn't leave...
07/13/2019

Susana Duran of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United talks DC's fight for a universal minimum wage that doesn't leave tipped workers in a lurch. Joining her on the "Support Working Families" panel are MI Senator Erika Geiss, GA Senator Nan Orrock, and David Cooper of the Economic Policy Institute.

Maryland Delegate Lorig Charkoudian talks solar power tax credits, job apprenticeships and other strategies for protecti...
07/13/2019

Maryland Delegate Lorig Charkoudian talks solar power tax credits, job apprenticeships and other strategies for protecting the Earth while creating jobs. Fellow panelists: NY Assemblyman Félix Ortiz, ME Rep. Chloe Maxmin, and Aaron Huertas of the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

Oklahoma Representative Emily Virgin, Connecticut Senator Matt Lesser, and Pennsylvania Representative Joanna McClinton ...
07/13/2019

Oklahoma Representative Emily Virgin, Connecticut Senator Matt Lesser, and Pennsylvania Representative Joanna McClinton discussing leading progressive agendas in red, purple, and blue states.

Oklahoma Representative Emily Virgin talks about driving bold progressive policy - A Brand New State Agenda. @publiclead...
07/13/2019

Oklahoma Representative Emily Virgin talks about driving bold progressive policy - A Brand New State Agenda. @publicleadinst

What a great day with Maryland Health Care For All!
07/12/2019

What a great day with Maryland Health Care For All!

We are proud to have partnerned today with the Public Leadership Institute and Jane Horvath to talk with state legislators from all over the nation about making prescription drugs affordable. Drugs don't work if people can't afford them!

07/12/2019

Getting ready for PLI's annual State Strategy Forum in Washington, DC. Progressive legislators in the house!

Not super deep, but touches on the political impact of progressive policies in Albany this session.
06/26/2019
Political impact of progressive policies in NY

Not super deep, but touches on the political impact of progressive policies in Albany this session.

Now that the legislative session has come to a close, Democrats are touting “progressive” policies the chambers were able to move through.

The Workers Lab
06/25/2019
The Workers Lab

The Workers Lab

"Today, there is not one U.S. state, metropolitan area, or county in which a minimum wage worker who clocks 40 hours a week can afford a two-bedroom apartment." @thisiscitylab http://ow.ly/QOwd50uMMce

I think the people who are stepping forward right now ...  want their values represented in such a way where it makes se...
06/25/2019
How American Women Are Amplifying Their Political Power

I think the people who are stepping forward right now ... want their values represented in such a way where it makes sense what it means to be an American, where it makes sense what it means to be a woman in power, where it makes sense what it means to be a black woman who’s leading. That’s not just about having people in seats from different demographic groups; it’s about having those people with a vision of what is possible for the country.

“I am not interested in building the capacity of people who are in office that want to take away my health care.”

Hear from the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus!
06/25/2019
Pramila Jayapal’s case for a more progressive politics

Hear from the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus!

The Seattle-area U.S. representative is leading a movement in the Democratic Party that is pushing for left-leaning legislation, while pushing back on the Trump administration.

"...our democracy is a living, breathing entity,” Gym said. “It’s not some static thing fixed and written in the 1700s. ...
06/25/2019
Philly’s AOC? How Helen Gym became the city’s most progressive Council member.

"...our democracy is a living, breathing entity,” Gym said. “It’s not some static thing fixed and written in the 1700s. … We create it … and we can make change.”

Gym, an at-large Council member and a progressive leader, was the top vote-getter in nearly three fourths of Philadelphia’s precincts May 21. She has drawn comparisons to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

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November: End the Chaos
A better education needs to made available to everyone and not just a few. Progressive champions need to lead the way. This article about for-profit charter schools in Michigan was written little over a year ago, and things are only getting worse.
Are you a “spirit” or a “ghost”? In my latest blog post, I equate progressivism with being a “spirit” (not a “ghost”), a key metaphor in the film Bulworth:
Just in.
Getting off to a great start. President Gloria Totten with members of the Michigan legislature. #PLIStateForum