Proactive Strategy, Messaging Online, Right to Repair and More

Posted on April 7, 2021

Digital Right to Repair Act: By requiring manufacturers to make information available to owners and independent repair providers, the Digital Right to Repair Act ensures that, on fair and reasonable terms, owners are able to get the documentation, parts and tools to maintain and repair such equipment.

A proactive strategy shifts the debate: Whether your jurisdiction is red, blue or purple, progressives need to go on the offensive. They should drive bold proactive agendas to arm our activists with policies that represent progressive values and energize them to fight for something instead of just defending the status quo. For more, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Voicing Our Values Pocket Guide: This 20-minute podcast reviews 12 areas of public policy and explains how to use progressive values to argue for each of them. It’s a thumbnail version of PLI’s cornerstone messaging book. Listen here.

About three-in-ten U.S. adults say they are “almost constantly” online: An additional 48 percent say they are online “several times a day.” These poll results from Pew Research Center reinforce the need for progressives to focus on getting our messages out through social media and Internet news sources.

The swamp isn’t in D.C. It’s in state capitals: In state capitals controlled by conservatives, undemocratic anti-majoritarians are seizing rights from voters, according to a recent column in the Washington Post. A quantitative study from the University of Washington reaches the same conclusion.

How to deal with the politics of race, class and group identification: If there is one certainty about the foreseeable political future, it’s that the right wing will appeal to bigotry. PLI’s Voicing Our Values explains how progressives should respond to this enormously important challenge.


Progressive Tactics, Values, Rules of Persuasion and More

Posted on March 24, 2021

Protection Against Unlawful Evictions Act: There has been a stunning number of illegal evictions resulting from COVID-19. The Protection Against Unlawful Evictions Act creates an expedited timeline for courts to hear and remedy illegal...


Disinformation, Mainstream Values, Early Warning Systems and More

Posted on March 10, 2021

Protection Against Guns in State Buildings Act: Hate groups are threatening legislatures and government offices across the nation. The Protection Against Guns in State Buildings Act makes it illegal, with a few exceptions, to...


Memes, Right to Marry, Worker Power and More

Posted on February 24, 2021

Right to Marry Constitutional Amendment: It is appropriate to replace existing provisions that purport to prohibit same-sex marriage with an affirmative right. The Right to Marry Constitutional Amendment recognizes that the fundamental right to...


Mainstream America, Redistricting, Drug Prices and More

Posted on February 10, 2021

Prescription Drug Affordability Act: State agencies already review and approve costs for such things as health insurance and hospital rates. The Prescription Drug Affordability Act establishes a Board to review and establish certain prescription...


Impeachment, False Reporting, 2021 Agenda and More

Posted on January 27, 2021

Malicious False Reporting Relief Act: While false reporting to law enforcement authorities is a crime, it often goes unprosecuted. The Malicious False Reporting Relief Act allows people to bring a civil action against someone...


Cyberbullying, Revenue Raising, Insurrection and More

Posted on January 13, 2021

Cyberbullying Prevention and Education Act: Cyberbullying is a fast-growing problem that affects about half of all teens. The Cyberbullying Prevention and Education Act requires school districts to train their staffs to recognize and deal...


Breonna’s Law, Prevailing Wage, Lying Dangerously and More

Posted on December 30, 2020

No-Knock Search Warrant Prohibition Act (Breonna’s Law): Louisville was the first jurisdiction to enact “Breonna’s Law,” banning no-knock search warrants, in the wake of the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in March 2020. The...


Profiles in Cowardice, Drug Overdoses, LGBTQ Equality and More

Posted on December 16, 2020

Time Off for Democracy Act: Broad participation in elections is essential to a healthy democracy, obviously. The Time Off For Democracy Act guarantees employees a minimum amount of paid leave to vote on Election Day...


2020 Polls, COVID Advice, Small Claims Court and More

Posted on December 2, 2020

Small Claims Court Modernization Act: Currently, most state small claims courts have monetary limits of $5,000 to $10,000, which is woefully low. The Small Claims Court Modernization Act increases the monetary limit for small...