Nick Licata

Nick Licata, was a 5 term Seattle City Councilmember, named progressive municipal official of the year by The Nation, and is founding board chair of Local Progress, a national network of 1,000 progressive municipal officials. Author of Becoming a Citizen Activist. Subscribe to Licata’s newsletter Urban Politics

Why Seattle Declared an Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Our flawed hero Columbus has been heralded over the centuries for a discovery that came at a terrible cost to those he found inhabiting that world.

Groovy Man! Lawmakers Turn On to Dropping Out Laws Against Psychedelic Drugs

A strategy for building a national movement that supports legalizing psychedelics can also address a community’s social justice issues and the individual’s freedom to explore their creative consciousness. This dual approach can bridge the ideological divide in our nation by refocusing on an issue that can work for the greater good regardless of one’s party affiliation.

Wealth Disparity is a Growing (and Dangerous) Threat to Democracy

Critics charge that the growing gap in wealth among Americans is not a random economic trend but a politically driven plan to protect a select group’s capital and their ability to increase it through manipulating our democratic decision-making process.

The Money Funding Trump’s Ludicrous Election Conspiracies

The Republican Party needs Donald Trump's populist appeal to turn out white voters in their primaries. And just as important, multimillionaire business owners will donate unlimited amounts to elect a Trump Republican candidate.

Beyond Comfort: The Impacts of Air Conditioning

"When AC became available, it was concentrated in large commercial spaces where you had to spend money to stay cool. Consequently, movie theaters or shopping malls received air conditioning, while there were far fewer public spaces providing shelter from the heat. Libraries are the major exception to this."

The Politics (and Effective use) of Fear

Democrats also fear the Republicans, but rather than holding rallies they issue policy papers about how Republican’s social and economic policies favor the few over the many. Which party’s approach attracts lines of people waiting to attend their events?

Critical Thinking: American History Through a Lens of Race and How it Shapes our Future

There is no set definition of Critical Race Theory because, as a theory, it is constantly changing. It’s been around for 40 years, and as any social, political, or legal theory ages, there arise multiple interpretations.

Infrastructure: How Democrats Can Reconnect with Blue-Collar Workers

Blue-collar workers identifying as Democrats have declined. An NBC survey found that drop over the last decade was by 8 percentage points, while the number who call themselves Republicans has increased by 12 percentage points. That trend is not limited to white workers.

Why Progressives Should be Wary of Killing The Filibuster

Progressives should pause and consider that there will be different outcomes when the Republicans come to control the Senate. In exactly half of the congressional sessions since 1989 to the end of Donald Trump’s term, they were the majority party in the Senate.

How can America Succeed if its People don’t know How it Works?

Most citizens are unaware of how their government works. Only 36 percent of those surveyed could name all three branches of the U.S. government, and 35 percent could not name a single branch.

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