Coalition building is important because:
Here’s a great example of coalition building that works. The Day of Silence is a special day that draws attention to the silence that LGBTQ individuals face. Since LGBTQ people are not the only ones silenced by prejudice and injustice, the Day of Silence is a great opportunity to build a coalition with other oppressed groups.
People of color are also silenced on a daily basis due to racism and other isms. So are people with disabilities, women, religious minorities, and many other groups. What groups on your campus are silenced by injustice? Join forces! You can break the silence by forming a coalition and working together. And it doesn’t have to end with the Day of Silence. You can keep working together throughout the year to address other issues that arise.
Check out the resources in this section, including our first resource on Coalition Building, with step-by-step instructions on how to form a coalition. Learn more about different types of coalitions in Justice for All and GSA Organizing for Immigrant Rights.
Now go forth, young leaders, to build coalitions and change the world!!