WELCOME TO NORTH SEATTLE PROGRESSIVES
Neighbors In Action
NSP is an all-volunteer, democratically organized community of friends and neighbors who are committed to political and social activism. Our members team up and collaborate to address areas of collective interest.”
As a volunteer organization, NSP is no more and no less than its membership. Please join with us to learn, organize, and take action!
Our public actions posted on this website. We also meet regularly online and engage in members-only actions. Our Community Agreement applies to all of our sponsored activities.
To view our members-only calendar and join in our website discussions, or join our private Facebook pages you will need to join our organization and attend at least one meeting (either in person or via Zoom). Guests are always welcome at our meetings.
NSP Mission Statement
“We are a grassroots community-based, all-volunteer organization. We support political policies that promote tolerance, equity, civil liberties, health justice, a healthy environment and climate, and social and economic justice for all. We believe in the ability of an educated and informed electorate to make sound decisions democratically. We oppose unjust political policies based on exclusion, bigotry, inequality, hate, lies, and fear. We oppose all racist, sexist, fascist, and totalitarian policies in our society. We recognize that white supremacy is toxic to our community and we stand against individuals and groups that tolerate or promote white supremacy. We promote progressive values within our community and at all levels of government.
The bedrock of NSP is our hands-on, boots-on-the-ground activism. We put our principles into action to support policies that promote participatory democracy and social and environmental justice. We work to learn from and support marginalized individuals and communities, and amplify their voices.
In addition, we work to identify and repair damage caused by racism, nationalism, religious intolerance, economic injustice, and economic disparities, in order to create a more perfect union and a democratic government of, by, and for the people.”
How We Work
Member Led, Democratically Organized
Our members are our organization and decide everything about our organization (from our Bylaws and Community Agreement through all of our actions) through democratic process. Our core strength lies in our teams, where members self-organize to determine the most pressing issues where their participation can effectively and meaningfully change the world.
We we hold monthly membership meetings, and teams often meet more frequently to plan or take action. Most general membership meetings will be held online. During June – December 2022 our monthly general membership meetings will be held on either the first or second Sunday from 3-5 pm (see our calendar). Our teams often meet more frequently; please join us to learn more about our team meetings, to receive meeting links for online general membership meetings, and to learn about more NSP and NSP-supported events
- Link to Bylaws Download PDF
- Link to Community Agreement: Download PDF
Our Organizing Approach
As a volunteer organization, NSP is no more and no less than its membership. NSP benefits from having active members who collaborate through Teams to address areas of collective interest. Our “Teams” are groups of three or more members who meet regularly to achieve an agreed NSP member goal. New teams are created whenever three or more members create the team. Our teams choose all of our NSP actions and events, and our members are encouraged (but not required) to support these actions and events. Since our members choose our actions and events our members tend to show up in support of our actions and events. Check our Team pages and events to learn more! [Note: add links to the corresponding pages].
The NSP Organizing Team (OT) consists of four members who are elected to term-limited positions (lead organizer, assistant lead organizer, secretary, and treasurer), representatives from all active teams, and at-large representatives. The OT serves NSP by performing tasks such as coordinating logistics, facilitating general membership meetings, managing the NSP social media platforms, renting meeting space or ensuring the availability of a suitable online meeting platform, tracking donations, serving as a point of contact for other organizations, and other tasks that will support the work of our general membership and the member-set agenda. The OT strives to create open, safe communication venues, both in person and online, to hear members’ needs and priorities and be guided by them. The OT meets monthly and reports back to the membership after each meeting. OT meetings are open to all members.”