Organizing Update – Los Angeles

The new Organizing Update from the Center tells the story of the Los Angeles smokefree dining campaign. In the end the coalition was victorious, but they had some tough times. According to the article: 

“Until this campaign, Los Angeles advocates had always agreed on what policy to support. But almost immediately, the Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Workgroup divided between those who accepted the important but incremental progress offered by the proposal and those who believed that a public health coalition needed a stronger proposal without exemptions before it could offer support.”

In the end the coalition accepted a compromise version of the ordinance, the coalition turned out in support, and it passed unanimously! Has your coalition ever struggled with this type of division? What did you do to solve it? Did you accept the compromise or fight for the stronger policy?

–Vanessa Marvin

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