Legislator Spotlight: Maine Rep. Ryan Fecteau 

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To honor and acknowledge June as LGBT Pride Month, SiX is highlighting the work and leadership on issues affecting LGBT communities with a Member Spotlight of Rep. Ryan Fecteau from Maine. Across the country, state legislators are introducing bans on the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” which seeks to change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Rep. […]

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Legislator Spotlight: Virginia Del. Marcia Price

June 2018 in , ,

Del. Price represents the 95th legislative district in the Virginia House of Delegates, covering parts of the cities of Newport News and Hampton. SiX spoke to her about her work helping Virginians address student loan debt.   Why is combatting the student debt crisis an important issue to you?  Everyone brings their life experiences with them to their work as […]

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Legislator Spotlight: Pennsylvania Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky

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Rep. Krueger-Braneky represents the 161st legislative district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. SiX spoke to her about her work to combat sexual harassment.  – Why is addressing sexual harassment and assault an important issue to you? As more reports of sexual harassment have come to light, it’s become clear that our current system does not […]

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SiX spoke to Rep. Salman and Rep. Herod about efforts to address the dignity that incarcerated women deserve.

February 2018 in , ,

Arizona State Representative Athena Salman is making global news with her efforts to secure access to an unlimited, free supply of feminine hygiene products for the state’s incarcerated women, who are currently limited to 12 sanitary pads per month. Rep. Salman’s work on this was inspired in part by similar efforts in Colorado in 2017, […]

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A New Day for Reproductive Health in New Jersey

February 2018 in ,

By New Jersey Sen. Loretta Weinberg  The resistance is alive in the Garden State. Just a few weeks into 2018, we in New Jersey are already reversing eight years of setbacks to reproductive rights and health that former Gov. Chris Christie so outrageously spearheaded. New Jersey was one of two states, along with Washington, that […]

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Connecting the Dots: How Contraception and Abortion Insurance Coverage Ensures Economic Security for Families

February 2018 in , , , ,

By Agata Pelka The ability to plan, time, and space children is inextricably linked with economic opportunity, stability, and security for women and families. This is no surprise to the majority of women who report using contraception as a means to complete their education, keep or get a job, and to support themselves and their […]

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Fighting for Families Means Improving Access to Long Term Care

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Michigan Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), wrote a guest blog on the importance of supporting our country’s aging population by improving access to long-term care for seniors and ensuring caregivers are paid fair wages.   By Michigan Rep. Jon Hoadley By 2030, Michigan’s senior population will double, meaning that in just over […]

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Unions are Fighting for Families by Supporting Women and Rejecting the Status Quo

February 2018 in , , ,

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Liz Shuler, the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO wrote a guest blog about the importance of women in the labor movement, and how labor unions are helping advance policies at the state level that support working families.   By Liz Shuler Women in the workplace have made […]

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Sexual Harassment Won’t Stop If We Aren’t #FightingForFamilies

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Andrea Johnson, the Senior Counsel for State Policy at the National Women’s Law Center, wrote a guest blog about how legislators can fight for systemic, structural changes in our workplaces to alleviate the gender power imbalances that have allowed sexual harassment to persist.    By Andrea Johnson  From the moment it was announced that the National […]

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Real Info. Smart Policy. Shared Prosperity: Fighting for Families Through Fiscal Policy Analysis

February 2018 in , , ,

As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Erica Williams, the Director of State Policy Initiatives with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, wrote a guest blog emphasizing how state governments can move away from tax cuts for the wealthy, and raise and spend tax revenue in ways that profoundly affect families and communities.    By Erica Williams Choices states make about investing […]

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States Won’t Wait for Equal Pay

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Kim Churches, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Women wrote a guest blog about the importance of fighting for equal pay for all women coast-to-coast. By Kim Churches   Women and families are hurt by the gender pay gap. Taking home 13 percent, 20 percent, 37 percent, 41 percent, 43 percent, or 46 percent less than a colleague […]

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Fighting for Families Means Fighting for Infrastructure Investment to Create Jobs and Boost Quality of Life

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Tate Hausman, the Executive Director of the Millions of Jobs Coalition, wrote a guest blog on the importance of public infrastructure investment that doesn’t rely on private investment or place an undue burden on state and local governments.     By Tate Hausman  It’s no secret – America’s infrastructure is failing. The crumbling state of our infrastructure earned it […]

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Fighting for Families Through an Allegiance to Public Schools in Tennessee and Nationwide

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Lyn Hoyt, State Alliance Coordinator for the Tennessee Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, wrote a guest blog on the importance of investing and supporting K-12 public schools and advancing local efforts supporting community schools in Tennessee and nationwide.     By Lyn Hoyt  Public schools are the vehicle through which we guarantee all children a free education from kindergarten through 12th grade.  In our collective […]

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Fighting for Families Means Fighting for National Paid Family and Medical Leave

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As part of SiX’s 2018 #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, Vicki Shabo, the vice president for workplace policies and strategies at the National Partnership for Women & Families, wrote a guest blog commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and explaining the importance of fighting for a real national paid family and medical leave plan that doesn’t leave anyone behind.  […]

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SiX Expands with Addition of Chief Development and Strategy Officer, National Legislative Director, and State Directors in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia

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The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) is pleased to announce its continued growth this fall with the addition of eight new staff members, including Neha Patel as Chief Development and Strategy Officer and Victoria Simarano as National Legislative Director, positions that will help SiX deepen our ability to advance progressive policies in the states. SiX is also […]

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Guest Commentary: Georgia Women Deserve Equal Pay

October 2017 in , ,

By: Representative Park Cannon, Georgia I grew up in a single parent home shaped by domestic violence. My mother worked as a pharmaceutical representative to keep us fed. We needed every penny she earned so that we could stay afloat. Many Georgia families know what it’s like to grow up struggling. They understand hardships. They […]

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SiX Announces Addition of Leigh Warren as Chief Operating Officer

August 2017 in , ,

SiX is thrilled to announce the hiring of Leigh Warren to serve as our Chief Operating Officer, marking the first time the organization will have a senior staff member fully dedicated to overseeing our human resources, finance and compliance, and IT functions. As SiX enters an important period of growth and expansion, Warren will be critical to […]

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SiX Launches Reproductive Rights Program to be Led by State Policy and Advocacy Expert Kelly Baden

July 2017 in , , ,

This week, SiX is excited to announce a new program—led by state policy and advocacy expert Kelly Baden—that will expand our capacity to help legislators advance and defend policies that safeguard reproductive rights at the state level. As SiX’s first-ever Director of Reproductive Rights, Baden will work to fully integrate this critical issue into the work of the organization and its […]

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SiX Announces Expansion of Communications Team with Addition of National Press Secretary & Deputy Director for State Communications

July 2017 in , , , , ,

As part of our ongoing work to support state lawmakers who are fighting to advance and defend progressive policies all across the country, SiX is thrilled to announce an expansion of our communications shop—with the addition of Press Secretary Karyn Bruggeman and Deputy Director for State Communications Katy Fleury. Karyn Bruggeman, who is based in our Washington, D.C. office […]

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Guest Commentary – The Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Movement: The Next Big Trend in Education Legislation?

February 2017 in , , , ,

JR Starrett is a Senior Director of National Advocacy for Common Sense Kids Action Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are […]

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VIDEO: SiX’s Work to Resist and Rebuild in the States

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We marched. Now what? In states across the country, SiX is already on the front lines of the fight to protect the progress made over the last eight years. But we need your help. This video explains what SiX is doing and why it matters. Want to help us spread the word? Share this video with your friends, family, […]

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National Public Radio Interview with SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod

December 2016 in , , , ,

In a recent interview with National Public Radio, SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod sat down to discuss SiX’s work and how state lawmakers can lead the progressive resistance to President-elect Trump and his conservative allies in Congress. “Let’s have some debates about policies and see where things shake out,” said Rathod during the interview. “I […]

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SiX Hosts Regional Climate Academy in Denver for 40 Western State Legislators

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In partnership with Conservation Colorado, Sierra Club, NRDC, and other environmental groups, SiX brought together 40 Western state legislators for a day-long Regional Climate Academy in Denver, Colorado. During the academy, legislators had the opportunity to network with other state lawmakers in their region, learn more about effective communications and targeted messaging, and expand their knowledge around climate […]

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SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod Joins AM Joy on MSNBC to Discuss How States Can Lead Resistance to Trump

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SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod recently appeared on AM Joy on MSNBC to discuss the North Carolina governor’s race, Rev. Barber’s Moral Monday movement, and how progressives can resist President-elect Trump’s agenda by organizing at the state and local level. “You can win back people’s hearts and minds by focusing and being where they are,” said Rathod during the segment. […]

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SiX Hosts 2016 National Legislator Conference, Bringing Together More Than 400 State Lawmakers from Across the Nation

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From December 4-6, 2016, SiX hosted its national legislator conference in Washington, D.C. – bringing together more than 400 state lawmakers from across the nation. The conference was the first major gathering of state legislators, members of Congress, and progressive movement leaders since the 2016 election. Attendees discussed how to advance a positive vision of progressive […]

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SiX Welcomes Two New Staff Members: Press Secretary Margaret Ann Morgan and Deputy Director of Strategic Engagement Mandela Barnes

December 2016 in , , , , ,

As the SiX staff continues to grow, we are thrilled to announce two new members of the team: Press Secretary Margaret Ann Morgan and Deputy Director of Strategic Engagement Mandela Barnes. Barnes most recently served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. During his tenure there, he authored legislation to protect voting rights, provide small businesses with […]

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In Latest Washington Post Column, The Nation Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel Calls on Progressives to Take Fight to States, Highlights SiX’s Work

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In her latest column for the Washington Post, Katrina vanden Heuvel – editor and publisher of The Nation – called on progressives to take their fight to the states, with a Trump presidency looming. “A state-based strategy also represents the best and perhaps only opportunity to advance progressive policy goals in the near term,” vanden […]

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Some New Faces on the SiX Team

October 2016 in , , , , ,

When three groups merged in late 2014 to form the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), the purpose of this consolidation was clear: we wanted to build an organization that was uniquely positioned to help legislators drive a progressive agenda forward in states across the country. And that’s exactly what we are doing. Today, SiX supports a […]

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SiX Releases 2016 End-of-Session Legislative Report

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As we look back at 2016 legislative activity in statehouses across the country, and as partisan gridlock in Washington keeps Congress at a standstill, it’s clear the most important policy fights have shifted to the states. This year, progressives and conservatives continued to battle at the state level over laws that will impact our lives […]

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