Progress Pittsburgh is…A coalition of citizens who think it is time for a change

Who is Progress Pittsburgh?
After the 2004 presidential election a group of Pittsbrugh residents who volunteered in many different areas of the Presidential campaign got together to talk about how to engage citizens in local politics.

What is Progress Pittsburgh?
Progress Pittsburgh has existed in many forms since 2004 – currently ProgressPittsburgh.org is a website that acts as a hub for information about local organizations working on progressive causes in Pittsburgh.  In 2008, some of the founders of Progress Pittsburgh formed the Progress Pittsburgh Political Action Committee, the P2pac, to support candidates running for office in the city of Pittsburgh– visit P2pac.com for more information.  The P2pac is not formally affiliated with this blog.

What is the goal of Progress Pittsburgh?
To building a model for transparent, citizen-driven regional governance in Pittsburgh.  The Progress Pittsburgh blog exists to share information about issues, campaigns, candidates and organizations in the Pittsburgh area.


  • Visit Progress Pittsburgh.org and join our conversation on the blog
  • Attend events  – the P2pac will be hosting a monthly event on the third Tuesday of each month
  • Donate to the P2pac
  • Write for the Progress Pittsburgh blog
    • Updates from your organization
    • Thoughts on a local issues
    • Interested – email progresspittsburgh@gmail.com
  • Join the Progress Pittsburgh Facebook group
  • Follow Progress Pittsburgh on Twitter (twitter.com/progresspgh)

2004 Vision Statement

It’s time Pittsburgh got the government it deserves.

Progress Pittsburgh is building a broad coalition of progressives to transform the governance of our city. Decades of mismanagement by directionless leadership and regressive machine politics have put our city at the brink of collapse. We need a transformation: new vision, new blood, and a new democratic process. We are working to make this transformation happen. We hope you’ll join us.

The national elections of 2000 and 2004 were a clear wake-up call for progressives. Our democracy and the values that we believe should define America are in jeopardy: we are witnessing the end result of a 30 year plan by regressive conservatives to systematically seize control of our society, from school boards to the Presidency. Locally, progressives got busy: unprecedented voter registration and Get Out the Vote efforts brought thousands of new people into the democratic process and we won Pennsylvania. While we can’t take our eyes off the national picture and the clear disarray in Democratic and progressive circles, we must tackle the immediate challenges facing us: unifying our efforts, taking the reigns of power from those who clearly should not hold them, and transforming our region into a model for 21st century governance.

This is our city. Progress starts with all of us. http://progresspittsburgh.net/about/ http://progresspittsburgh.net/about/ http://progresspittsburgh.net/about/Progress Pittsburgh.

Fundamentally reshape the politics and governance of this region to see progressive values and ideas put into practice. Progress Pittsburgh has both a short term focus – the critical 2005 local elections – and a long term focus on building a model for transparent, citizen-driven regional governance.


  • Create a bloc, in the short term, of 10,000 to 20,000 informed progressive voters that can be effectively mobilized to change the shape of local politics.
  • Bring a broad coalition of progressive organizations together under the Progress Pittsburgh umbrella.
  • Ensure that a Mayor and slate of candidates with progressive values are elected in 2005, and every election thereafter.
  • Remake the local Democratic Party. Replace the “old boy” network with a network of progressive, connected, engaged, well-informed citizens.
  • Build informational tools for a new Democracy that make the political landscape, issues, and process transparent to as many citizens as possible. These will also be the critical analysis tools that drive strategy and decision-making by Progress Pittsburgh and the candidates the group supports.
  • Articulate a progressive vision and platform for the region, and develop a plan for transforming this vision into reality.
  • Stan

    who are the writers/members of progress pittsburgh?

  • Viki Stewart

    Are Peduto and Lavelle talking? After the Presidential vote it seemed awkward, I know Peduto worked on Lavelles campaign and probably felt hurt when Lavelle did not vote for him. You can see the tension when I watch them on comcast. What happened?

  • Barbara O'Brien

    Dear Progress Pittsburgh,

    I just have a quick question for you but couldn't find an email so had to resort to this. I am a progressive blogger and the owner of the mahablog. Please email me back at barbaraobrien@maacenter.org when you get a chance. Thanks.


  • http://twitter.com/burghman Burgh Man

    Pittsburgh should be called the Cinderella City. We have overcome enormous obstacles in our past and we are not finished yet . Some of the greatest and most progressive minds have come from our area. Pittsburgh has gone from a smoky, smog filled city to a thriving metropolis. We should never stifle ideas or creativity if we want to compete globally. The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open.