I forgot to address this earlier: On some levels, I think some things may have to start on the state level. And it could, in theory, work. We saw this with marriage equality, which started on a state level. I don't think, in fact, it would exist nationally now it hadn't been for the states that legalized marriage equality. That said, though, it will need progressives in state government, and I don't know that they exist in sufficient numbers, even in blue states. Those blue states seem to me (at a distance) to be dominated by a Democratic Party that has the same mentality that it has nationally. So getting anything progressive done will be a battle (and, in my most cynical, burned out moments I think impossible).