Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Long-Term Relationship

The Conventional Wisdom is that progressives lack long-term plans for winning voters back to their issues or defeating some of the more odious plans of the righties. However, E.J. Graff reports in the American Prospect on one group of progressives that has their act together.

This November, anti–gay-marriage bills will be back on ballots with a vengeance. But this time around, the gay and lesbian activist network is ready to play hardball.

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A 15-year strategy has been agreed to by all the major organizational players. Funding is in place, and new tactics are being developed and tested in this year’s biggest clashes with anti-gay groups. As a result, says Rodger McFarlane, executive director of the LGBT-focused Gill Foundation, “for marriage, there is a strategy, movement coherence, and funding at scale.” Along the way, LGBT groups are planning to change the political climate in ways that will force politicians to support gay rights.

And the best news? As part of those tactics, LGBT groups are helping to build a new progressive coalition from the ground up.

History has shown that a small group of people with determination can be a powerful force for change. After all, Phyllis Schlafly got her start by working off her dining room table, and if she can do it, we certainly can.