Great link! Thanks for posting. I do a lot of coalition work, and it is hard. I think that progressives tend to talk too much, and act too little. We have to keep checking in, and review the decisions we made two years ago to make sure we still embrace them, and second guess what the representatives from some constituency that couldn't make it to this evening's meeting would like to do.
For those of you who didn't read it, here are the 4 rules. Detailed descriptions and examples are included in the article. But here is the teaser:
Rules for managing an Effective Progressive Coalition
1. No constituency in the Coalition takes a backward step to advance another's cause. (I call this the Cruickshank Rule; see below.)
2. Members of the Coalition have each others' back. No constituency under attack stands alone.
3. The Coalition serves the Coalition, not the Democratic Party or any other group or goals.
4. The Coalition preferences political action to discussion. (This is the No Dithering Rule.)