3. Running Your Coalition


In our experience, convening and running a coalition dedicated to advancing the right to counsel was central to our organizing strategy. Our coalition is made up of organizations that provide direct advocacy and/or organizing around issues of housing displacement in New York City and that are dedicated to building tenant power. A broad-based coalition with a clear structure, decision making processes and goals helped us leverage community power and various resources in order to advance the campaign.

The tools offered here are intended to support your thinking about the development of your own coalition.

Included are:

  • How We Structured the Right to Counsel New York City Coalition: Demonstrates how we are structured and how we function.
  • Leveraging the Power of Your Institutional Members: Suggests allies or potential allies that your coalition might leverage to provide key resources and skills you may not otherwise have access to.

How We Structured the Right to Counsel New York City Coalition

This document, How We Structured the Right to Counsel New York City Coalition, is intended to provide insight into our central principles, structure and decision-making processes. Our structure during the campaign was not static, and this document offers a look at how the coalition was structured during the campaign. We’d like to emphasize that it is important to be flexible and adapt to the changes that may come your way during your campaign. We also want to share the fact that our funds were very limited from the onset, and that this structure was created and staffed by employees of other organizations!

While your coalition will be tailored to your local context, we hope that our work can be a helpful model from which to build.


How to Leverage the Power of Institutional Members