A Little Bit About Nick

Nick Licata is from a working-class family, where neither parent graduated from high school. Licata, who couldn’t read until the age of nine, was the first of his relatives to attend college.

He led the local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Bowling Green State University and subsequently was elected student body president. He became a Seattle City Councilmember despite being significantly outspent, with the majority of the council, the mayor, and both daily newspapers supporting his opponent. He was elected to five terms to the council and became its president.

In 2012 he was named by The Nation as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year and twice named Best Local Politician by the Seattle Weekly.  He was an acknowledged leader in passing Paid Sick & Safe Leave, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and legalizing marijuana.

He initiated the founding of Local Progress; the national municipal policy network and served as its first chairman. In 2003, Licata authored the children’s novel, “Princess Bianca and the Vandals”.

From the Cities a Progressive Movement Will Rise

By Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata First appeared in Huffington Post December 23, 2014 Progressives have been getting their asses kicked by conservatives, and it's not...

Every Politician Should Live in a Commune

by Nick Licata First published by Communities Magazine on September 7, 2008 - Issue #140 http://www.ic.org/every-politician-should-live-in-a-commune/ Elected legislative bodies are un-intentional communities, whereas housing collectives and co-ops...

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WTO – The Battle in Seattle If Politicians Actually Want to Make Change, They Have to Think Like Organizers The Boxer and the Preacher A Progressive Democrat...

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Run your City for $15,000 a Year, No Desk or Staff Needed

Last week I spent a few days in Indianapolis talking to their city council members and constituents. I was there as the keynote speaker...

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Learn How to Change Our World   What You'll Learn to Become an Active Citizen You don’t have to be a Marvel comic book superhero to change...

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