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Advocacy

Tomorrow can be better than today – but it’s up to all of us to make it so.

Partisan politics and special interests have kept our country from making progress on some of the most pressing issues we face – from protecting communities from gun violence, to fixing our broken immigration system, to making needed investments in our infrastructure. Effective advocacy can mobilize the public to press for change and encourage elected officials stand up for what’s right and win the tough battles. We need Americans from both sides of the political aisle to come together around common-sense solutions that improve lives and keep our country moving forward.

Timeline

2020

January 2020

Mike contributes $5 million to Fair Fight Action, a political action committee for the voting rights group founded by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams. The group aims to promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country.

2019

June 2019

Mike launched Beyond Carbon, the largest-ever coordinated campaign against climate change in the United States. With a $500 million three-year investment, the initiative will employ advocacy, legal, and electoral strategies to accelerate coal plant retirements, stop gas rush, and win policy changes.

2018

November 2018

Mike Bloomberg made the largest ever contribution to any education institution in the U.S. with $1.8 Billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. The gift will be devoted exclusively to financial aid, allowing need-blind admissions and eliminating student loans in financial aid packages.

2017

February 2017

The Partnership launches Map the Impact, an interactive map using data and anecdotes to show the economic impact of immigrants in all 50 states. The map compiles data on immigrant contributions across industries, and becomes a resource for advocates across the country.

2016
2015
2014

November 2014

Independence USA invests in an advertising campaign to tax sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley, California leading up to the midterm elections. The measure was supported by 75% of voters and was a big victory for public health.

November 2014

The Partnership for a New American Economy, along with The Latino Coalition, The LIBRE Initiative, and the American Principles in Action Latino Partnership, launches a Hispanic Engagement campaign, focusing on the contributions of Hispanics across the country.

November 2014

Everytown for Gun Safety scores a key victory with the passage of 1-594 in Washington State, which requires background checks on all gun sales, including at gun shows and on the internet. Everytown also backs Gun Sense Champion candidates in both state and federal races with an 84% win rate.

May 2014

The Partnership for a New American Economy, with Americans for Tax Reform, launches a media call series, “Call for Reform,” moderated by Grover Norquist and featuring conservative leaders calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.

January 2014

The Partnership for a New American Economy launches the #iAmImmigration campaign to highlight industries across the economy—from agriculture to manufacturing to tech—where immigrants play an integral role and immigration reform is desperately needed.

2013

July 2013

Building America’s Future develops a new mobile app called I’m Stuck, which allows app users to easily notify their congressman or senator whenever they are stuck in traffic, stuck on a tarmac, delayed on Amtrak, a subway or a bus.

June 2013

The Senate passes a comprehensive immigration bill after years of work by immigration reform advocates, including the Partnership for a New American Economy. The bill will enhance border security, increase visas for STEM candidates, provide a path to citizenship for DREAMers and more.

January 2013

U.S. News & World Report credited the Partnership for a New American Economy’s research with shifting the immigration reform debate saying, “Lawmakers in Washington have increasingly adopted the rhetoric of the Partnership for a New American Economy.”

2012

December 2012

At Mayors’ urging, Congress repeals an NRA-backed provision prohibiting military commanders from talking about guns to service members at risk of suicide.

June 2012

Mayor Bloomberg files an amicus brief in support of the constitutional challenge to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

January 2012

Mayor Bloomberg launches the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry campaign, bringing together more than 75 mayors from both sides of the aisle who support the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. The coalition eventually grows to include more than 500 mayors from 45 states.

2011

December 2011

Mayor Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns launch a groundbreaking undercover investigation that exposes a flourishing online market for illegal gun sales.

October 2011

Mayor Bloomberg receives the Award for Advocacy on Marriage Equality in NY at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

June 2011

Mayor Bloomberg leads supporters in the fight for marriage equality in New York State. New York State becomes the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage with the passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

June 2011

The Partnership for a New American Economy releases its first research report, “The ‘New American’ Fortune 500,” showing that more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants.

2010

July 2010

Mayor Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, co-chairs of the Building America’s Future Coalition, announce the expansion of the organization to include individual state legislators from around the country.

2009
2008

May 2008

Congress rolls back limits on law enforcement’s access to gun trace data, a critical tool for cracking down on illegal guns, and a top priority of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

January 2008

Mayor Bloomberg, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announce the creation of Building America’s Future, a non-partisan coalition for federal infrastructure investment.

2006