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Value of coalitions

Coalitions:

  • amplify political power.
  • bring numbers to the cause.
  • raise the profile of an issue.
  • build support and legitimacy for a cause.
  • bring diversity of interests, help sharpen arguments in favour and refute arguments against the cause.
  • provide resources that individuals or single organizations cannot provide.
  • eliminate duplication of efforts.
  • help build solutions to complex issues.
  • facilitate sharing of information and skills.
  • are learning and teaching opportunities.
  • promote innovations in organizing.
  • are more responsive to the needs of everyone in the community.
  • help create real community.
  • help develop shared leadership.

If you join a coalition:

  • be committed to the problem.
  • be committed to co-ordinating to solve the problem, not just gaining public recognition.
  • be committed to the belief that every other organization has the right to be involved.
  • be committed to open communication.
  • be committed to coalition recognition, not individual recognition.

Adapted from “A Process for Building Coalitions” by Georgia Stevens, Union Strategies for the Liberal Era, Starting Campus Coalitions by Richard Moser, Working in Coalitions, Reading Recovery Council of North America.