Progress North is a trusted organization in the Northwoods, the primary focus of which is connecting the people of northern Wisconsin
to each other – and others across the state – across the deep divisions of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and generation.
We center all of our work around the values of equity, people centered democracy, and the common good.

We are from northern Wisconsin and we know that people here have a strong sense of identity centered in their rural communities and small towns, and that each has its own unique sensibility. But there are common values and ideals that connect us all and make this a wonderful place to live. We have the opportunity to focus public attention on creating a country where everyone is safe and free, with a care system and economy that works for all of us.

And we have a clear vision for a better future: by coming together to rewrite the rules and making the wealthiest few pay their fair share, we can ensure that everyone — Black, white and brown, native and newcomer — can earn a good living and have a good life; we can resource our schools so that every child can pursue their dreams; and we can provide families with the care we all need to get and stay well.

Progress North is an independent project, fiscally sponsored by TakeAction Minnesota..


Any number of historic moments in the civil-rights struggle have been used to identify Martin Luther King, Jr. — prime mover of the Montgomery bus boycott, keynote speaker at the March on Washington, youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. But in retrospect, single events are less important than the fact that King, and his policy of nonviolent protest, was the dominant force in the civil rights movement during its decade of greatest achievement, from 1957 to 1968. That is the legacy we honor.

Most believe that all Wisconsin voters, no matter who we are or where we’re from, deserve an equal voice and an equal say in electing leaders whose decisions impact our lives. We define our communities, communities set their own boundaries, and every community gets an equal say. 

But today, the district maps that define who govern us deliberately carve up our communities so that the wealthiest among us can have their few voices dominate and drown out the needs and beliefs of the rest. For too long, these special interests have rigged the rules so only what they say goes, handing themselves endless riches generated through our hard work and contributions while blocking our efforts for fair wages, affordable healthcare and quality schools.

And they’re doubling down on it with an attempt to draw new maps that make the divide worse. Cheaters shouldn’t win … and they won’t if we go all in together to make our voices heard.

Our Mission

Connect with people

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Connect with organizations

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Build long-term progressive infrastructure

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We’re looking for volunteers