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Connecting at the Crossroads: Alliance Building and Social Change in Tough Times

By: Manuel Pasteur, Jennifer Ito, and Rhonda Ortiz.  Comissioned by Public Interest Projects.

In this report the authors explore the inner workings of  alliances and how to support them. The report focuses on independent base-building organizations that believe in building long-term connections across geographies, constituencies and issues as a key movement-building strategy. Based on a review of the literature and a scan of the field – including nearly 30 interviews with key leaders and a June 2010 convening of movement organizers – the report aims to narrow the gap between the work of alliances and philanthropic support for their efforts.