NPP Turns 30

2013 marks National Priorities Project's 30th Anniversary.

Be The Change

Be the Change: Take Back the Federal Budget

In October 2013, NPP celebrated our 30th anniversary with a gala event in our hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts. Read more about our 30-year history.

From Congressman Barney Frank, an iconic leader for peace and security, to rising visionaries in the movement for healthcare justice, environment, and education, our 30th anniversary celebration inspired, enriched, and roused the NPP community to be the change and take back the federal budget.

Barney Frank Former Congressman Barney Frank
First elected to Congress in 1980, Barney Frank stayed in office until 2012, serving as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011. His legislative legacy includes effforts to reduce the deficit, shrink military spending, and fund important quality of life needs at home.

Ai-jen Poo Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. She is a recipient of the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, Newsweek's 150 Fearless Women List, and TIME's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner leads MomsRising, an organization with 1 million members working to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to help ensure all children can thrive.

Jim McGovern Congressman Jim McGovern
Currently serving his ninth term in Congress, Jim McGovern is the second ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, which sets terms for debate and amendments on most legislation, and a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

Musical Inspiration By:

Alecia Chakour, Mitch Chakour & Sonya Kitchell

Alecia Chakour Mitch Chakour Sonya Kitchell

SciTech Band, Springfield High School of Science & Technology

SciTech Band

Video Appearances By:

  • Bill McKibben
  • Annie Leonard
  • Ben Cohen
  • ...and more surprise guests!

Celebrity Hosts:

Bill Newman Monte Belmonte Kelsey Flynn Ericka Taylor

  • Monte Belmonte
  • Kelsey Flynn
  • Bill Newman
  • Ericka Taylor

Throughout the program, we will honor 30 Democracy Champions -- valued partners from all around the country and all walks of life who exemplify leadership and tenacity in their commitment to the democractic ideals upon which our nation was founded.

Underwriting support for Be the Change is provided by:


30th Anniversary Host Committee

  • Honorary Chair: Congressman Jim McGovern
  • Co-Chairs: Dennis Bidwell and Chia Collins
  • Harriet Barlow
  • Lisa Baskin*
  • Adi Bemak
  • Sarah Buttenwieser*
  • Ben Cohen
  • Chia Collins & Michael Cohen
  • Lori Divine-Hudson*
  • Sally & Al Griggs
  • Clare Higgins
  • Jack Hornor & Ron Skinn
  • Representative Peter Kocot
  • Tom Lesser
  • George & Ann Levinger
  • Jim Levey*
  • Terry Mollner
  • Mayor David Narkewicz
  • Bill Newman & Dale Melcher
  • Rus Peotter
  • Senator Stanley Rosenberg
  • Jessica Saalfield*
  • Preston Smith*
  • Sarah Stranahan
  • Sue Thrasher
  • Tom Willits
  • Cate Woolner*
  • Jonathan Wright & Meg Kelsey Wright

    *Also on the 30th Anniversary Planning Committee