Thu, 12 Jun 2003 06:41:33 GMT

Merge Left [ – Features]

Some interesting discussion of what the Left needs to do. Although there is some pratting on about becoming just like the conservatives (i.e. think tanks, fundraising), the part I liked best is this:

‘I think there’s a lot more collaboration these days among the various organizations on the left,’ believes Nan Aron. ‘I know there certainly is on the issue we address, and that concerns judicial nominations. The groups involved include ours, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, People for the American Way, the Sierra Club. I think these organizations have developed a very effective coalition. Recently, a large number of organizations pooled their money and put out an ad supporting the filibuster against Miguel Estrada. I think, in fact, we’re going to see much more of that, only because, frankly, if we all want to win, we know we all have to work together. Coalitions are difficult ventures but I think we all recognize how incredibly important they are.’

This is an approach that any group can use. The coalitions that can harness this and use it will be more successful than others. Keep a look out to see if it really works or not.