Coalition Building

Our dialogue in October and November will focus on coalition building in a variety of social movement settings, as well as how movements include a variety of constituents and allies. For instance, the #BlackLivesMatter campaign has developed into a broad coalition of organizations that entails a diverse membership. This varied coalition brings with it new benefits as well as organizational challenges. Contributors are invited to consider the following questions and more: How can organizations diversify their memberships and include different stakeholders? How do movement targets act to preempt or disrupt coalition building? Is there room to bridge the insider/outsider divide in coalitions and member recruitment? When are coalitions likely to succeed or fail? What effects do coalition members have on each other? What difficulties and advantages does a diverse membership bring?

Thank you to all of our contributors, their essays are below.

Michelle I. Gawerc, Loyola University Maryland (essay)
Jerome Hendricks, University of Illinois at Chicago (essay)
Matthew Friesen, Bluffton University (essay)
Laura Senier, Northeastern University (essay)
Brian Obach, State University of New York at New Paltz (essay)

Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, Dan Myers

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