The mission of 21 Progress is to Build a 21st Century Movement for Equity & Justice.
21 Progress provides programs that empower leaders among the hard working people of Washington and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice.
Through popular education, civic engagement and arts & culture, 21 Progress assists emerging leaders – especially young adults and immigrants – to claim their place in building a more just society and reaching their dream.
In the late 1970’s Retail Clerks Local 1001, now a part of UFCW 21, launched a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, Retail Clerks Local 1001 Housing Development Association, and constructed an 82 unit apartment building, named Sunset House, for their union retirees and other seniors. By 2008 downtown Seattle was no longer a base for its membership. UFCW 21 sold Sunset House to Housing Resources Group to continue the legacy of providing housing for Seattle’s most vulnerable citizens.
Just as the vision for Sunset House served the union and the community well for over thirty years, proceeds from the building sale allowed for a dynamic new vision to develop. In 2011 we changed our name to 21 Progress. In mid-2012, we began to create our programs.