Gearing Up for a Coalition?
While the people of California have some challenging times ahead of them in the fight for health freedom, there are folks that are gathering and willing to work together with TRANSPARENCY and PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY.
Why is THIS so Important?
In Peter McCarthy’s recent blog post, “The Texas Health Freedom Coalition (THFC): “Who we are, why we work together in Texas, and how we came to do that….”, McCarthy explains the WHY and HOW the 55,000 member Texas Health Freedom Coalition became extremely successful:
The four areas of agreement…
(1) The meeting was significant in a number of ways. First, the participants agreed to cooperate under the umbrella of the newly formed Texas Health Freedom Coalition (THFC).
The rationale was that a large umbrella organization acting cooperatively would be more influential, by virtue of their greater numbers, at the state legislature than a number of smaller groups, and simultaneously would be less vulnerable to attacks by the trade union organizations seeking to monopolize various segments of the health care field.
(2) Second, since the THFC would be the actor of record, the credit for victories and advances would be shared among the groups as a coalition. Each group would play its own meaningful role, and it was agreed that no single group would claim primary credit. As Radhia so aptly stated, “united we stand, divided we fall.”
(3) Third, our interactions among the groups would be transparent. While each group would, of course, continue to operate within their own governing structure, their THFC-related activities and decisions would be visible to all. No behind-the-scenes jockeying for advantage, no intramural squabbles, and no ego trips.
(4) Fourth, the groups agreed to work together on issues of common interest, with no public criticism of another group’s individual organizational agendas. Those common interest items were two: advancing health freedom of choice legislation in Texas and opposing the Texas dietitians who, as it turned out, had betrayed the clinical nutritionists and were now pursuing exclusionary licensing legislation benefiting only themselves.
Additionally, every one of the Texas leaders attending that meeting did so in their collective capacity as volunteers. There were no professional state level organizational leaders, which meant that no one had an overriding personal (i.e., economic) agenda.
The final agenda item was the selection of the THFC chair. To my surprise, I was asked to fill that position. In hindsight, it made sense. The combination of my military/organizational background and the equally important fact that I represented no organization other than one advocating strictly for health freedom meant that I could assume the role of honest broker, should any intramural disputes arise.
Transparency, personal accountability, honesty and the intentional lack of professional (i.e. PAID) state level organizational leaders is the WHY and HOW that has made the THFC successful.
Until we can strip away all of the special and competing interests within the Health Freedom Activist Community, we will not be as strong or successful in organizing a strong coalition to take back health freedom rights in California.
Now for the Good News…
The majority of the California activist community has learned from its mistakes. The lack of ACCOUNTABILITY and TRANSPARENCY in previous anti-SB277 campaigns have been burned into the hearts and minds of long-time and new activists, alike.
California activists are now asking…
“Where are organizations/activists claiming to help defeat SB277 law, getting their funding from? Are expenditures and donations being tracked and recorded, so that donors can see WHERE their money is being allocated? What percentage of donations are being used for payroll and overhead and what percentage goes towards the ACTUAL cost of the campaign?”
“What is your BACKGROUND and EXPERIENCE running a campaign like this? And WHO are you?”
“What mechanism is being put in place to measure the success (or failure) of this campaign?”
“Is your campaign and/or organization compliant and up-to-date with all, federal, state, and local laws?”
“How do you collect your funds? Is it done by a third party to ensure transparency and legitimate access? If not, how are you protecting donors from fraud?”
These are all very valid questions to ask of any activist and/or campaign being ran to defeat SB277.
Where Do We Go From Here?
The idea is to be INCLUSIVE, while also being completely TRANSPARENT.
Stay tuned, California. There is a lot more to come.