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When groups or individuals join together to work on a common cause, issue or event, you have a coalition. It's the nature of coalitions that members may not necessarily agree on everything (and in fact may strongly disagree on many things), but to solve a shared problem, each member has agreed to unify around some common points or goals. Each stakeholder has an important role to play; there should be shared recognition that no one group or individual can succeed without the support or cooperation of others.
Despite the many policy, legal, and organizing challenges that coalition work poses for any activist, it is a powerful, effective model for winning the issues you take on. Coalition-building -- which pools resources and creates strength in numbers -- can be an especially good strategy during difficult economic and political times.
Here are some guidelines to forming and effectively operating a coalition:
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