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New York, NY—July 6, 2017—In 2014, The Nation, America’s leading source of progressive politics and culture, launched “Cities Rising,” an ongoing reporting series dedicated to capturing the progressive energy burbling up from the urban asphalt. With the election of Donald Trump, as protests rise across the country, our editors fiercely believe cities will continue to offer hope for remedying the problems of American society and creating a better, brighter, and more just tomorrow. Cities today are more than centers of progressive innovation; they mark the epicenters of the urban resistance.
Welcome to the age of big-city progressivism! Series editor Lizzy Ratner and regular contributor Jimmy Tobias are available for interview from New York City to discuss The Nation’s “Cities Rising” in further detail. Selections of Tobias’s work, ranging from monthly dispatches from the urban resistance to deep-dive explorations of municipal victories, are below. Additional contributors include Jarrett Murphy (New York City), Helen Gym (Philadelphia), Peter Moskowitz (Jackson, Mississippi), Will Parrish (San Francisco Bay Area), and more.
Even as the functional gears of federal government grind to a halt, a new energy is rocking the foundations of our city centers. From Chattanooga to Seattle and points in between, cities are seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories of progressive innovation to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time—bringing new urgency and dynamic creativity in response to questions of income inequality, affordable housing, climate change, public health, participatory democracy, and more.