It’s been a busy month for LaunchProgress! From training the next generation of candidates to opening up our endorsement applications, we’ve been going full tilt at building the progressive bench. Read on for more updates from us and our candidates!Continue reading
Back in June, we announced our endorsement of 17 young, bold, progressive candidates for local office. Sixteen of them made it through the primary, and on Tuesday, November 7th, 10 of them won. Particularly considering that only around 10% of first-time candidates win, this is an amazing victory.Continue reading
Vernetta Alston is deeply rooted in the Durham community, and her commitment to social justice is unparalleled. As an attorney, Vernetta represents death sentenced individuals, working intimately with issues of structural racism, poverty, and injustice. In 2014, Vernetta’s work exonerated Henry McCollum, North Carolina’s longest-serving death row inmate, who was wrongfully convicted in 1983.Continue reading
Our own Arielle Swernoff wrote about millennials stepping up to fix the challenges facing our country for the Huffington Post.Continue reading
We're so excited to announce our full class of seventeen candidates in 2017. These young, progressive leaders are EXACTLY the people we need to get our country on the right track. They're fighting for voting rights, high-quality education, environmental justice, and inclusive and welcoming communities. And, unlike our current political leaders, our candidates come from all corners of American life. Everyone we're working with this year is 35 or younger. Nine of our candidates are people of color, seven are women, and five are immigrants or first-generation Americans. They come from cities, suburbs, and small towns. They are students and teachers, artists and writers, organizers and activists. What these 17 leaders have in common, though, is a deep commitment to our shared progressive values and a history of working hard to make their communities better.
This is our largest group of endorsed candidates ever, and the team here at LaunchProgress couldn't be more excited to help these 17 candidates run and win. We don't need to wait for a Congressional election to create the change we need to see in politics. We can do it right now, today by helping young progressives win local elections in key battleground states. These 17 candidates are making it happen. Join us, and them, in the fight for a better future.
Without further ado, LaunchProgress's 2017 endorsed candidates: