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Nick Licata

Co-Founder, Local Progress

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Nick Licata, a Seattle City Council member for 18 years, authored legislation establishing paid sick leave and the $15 minimum wage for all employees in the city. He was the founding Board Chair of Local Progress, a national network of over 1,000 urban elected officials. He wrote Becoming a Citizen Activist, and his emailed column, "Citizenship Politics", has over 10,000 subscribers.

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A Nation on the Brink

Crosscut Festival 2022
Sat May 7, 2022 | 4:00pm

RECORDING NOT AVAILABLE. Few have been closer to the threat and the fight to protect democracy here at home than Congressman Adam Schiff. Join us as we discuss the state of the nation, the war in Ukraine and the committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection. Due to a technical difficulty, this session is not available for replay. 

Featuring: Adam Schiff, Nick Licata

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