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The Planet
April 1998, Volume 5, Number 3
 
 VICTORY
FEATURE
 
How to Join Forces
 


     
    As your chapter or group joins forces with other organizations, keep in mind that the Sierra Club has rules that govern our participation in coalitions and affiliations with other groups; approval to enter into a formal coalition is required from the national Club. 

    A formal coalition has a name, includes other organizations as members and may have bylaws or a letter of agreement. For example, the Sierra Club recently joined Health Care Without Harm, a coalition formed to promote pollution-prevention practices in health-care organizations. Other member organizations include Greenpeace, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the AFL-CIO. On the local level, to protect and preserve the habitat of Sacramento County, Calif., the Sacramento Group has joined with the local Audubon Society, the Urban Creeks Council, the Save the American River Association and other community groups to form the Habitat 2020 Committee. 

    An informal coalition, on the other hand, is an ad hoc group of organizations that have come together for a short-term purpose — for example, a listing of organizations supporting a position, signing onto a letter or holding a press conference. Approval is not needed for informal coalitions. 

    There are two instances when an affiliation is not appropriate: if the other organization might make statements endorsing or opposing the candidacy of someone for elective office or if the coalition wishes to represent the Club in litigation. 

    For more information on affiliations, the application process or for copies of the affiliation request form, contact Michael Lynch at (415) 977-5577; michael.lynch@sierraclub.org

     

     
     


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