It's a popular and reassuring meme, that as our politics fails massively on the global and national level, there's salvation to be found on the local front.
To be sure, "act locally" is good hygiene, and an individual might accomplish more in a small pond. But the "local-is-where-it's-at" fixation sometimes smells more than a little naïve.
IMHO, SocProf gets it right:
I have mentioned before my skepticism for this fetishism of the local. The local is not inherently more democratic than the national, regional or global levels. Many sources of oppressions are rooted in local communities and “traditions” invoked to reject universal human rights. Also, one only needs to look at the United States and its local political forms (such as elected school boards) to see how the local can go horribly wrong.