Democracy Advocates Win Meaningful Victories in NY and NM
Over the past year, New York and Albuquerque, NM have in their own way served as frontline battles in the fight for money in politics reform. In each location, wealthy donors wield power over elected officials as underrepresented communities—and their interests—are marginalized. However, in each example we’ve also seen the emergence of strong, community-based coalitions that pursue democracy reform as a means to build long-term power for underrepresented communities to address a variety of pressing issues, such as affordable housing, paid sick leave, and climate justice. This year, coalitions in each community were successful in at least one notable way: their intersectional approach shifted public perception of what was possible despite historic opposition from elected leaders and set the groundwork for future, broader reform efforts.