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Reset and Renew: What We Can Learn from Campaign Setbacks

This event was held on February 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

Co-sponsored by Alliance for Early Success, ECFC and Raising Child Care Fund

On February 16, 2023, advocate leaders from aligned movements came together to share their reflections and insights for recovering and persisting in the wake of political and legislative setbacks. The conversation was refreshingly encouraging and centered on themes of the dynamic nature of political change, the critical catalyst of power building and diversifying our coalitions, and committing to our due diligence in anticipating the opposition.


Response by: Erica Gallegos, Co-Director of Child Care for Every Family Network; Former Policy Director, Ole’ New Mexico

Event Takeaways

Change isn’t linear, change is dialectical.

Without 100% of the power, we cannot expect 100% of our desired outcomes. Any one organization or coalition doesn't have all the power so compromise will always be required when building coalitions. Politics are never static, and baselines can change. Investing now in grassroots powerbuilding can allow us a larger platform to be nimble and responsive in navigating the ebbs and flows of progress over time.

Recognize that wins and losses both have value. Fail forward.

State and local level campaigns prepare us for larger wins down the road. When we lose, we cultivate a necessary resiliency and the ability to learn from our losses to inform our next winning strategy.

Politics are constructed and we are the protagonists.

As active agents in the process of change it is critical to always understand and study the dynamics of power and access to it.  Being expansive in our approach to building diverse coalitions with nontraditional partners – who stand to benefit when we benefit and lend power to our base – is necessary for success.

Respect the opposition.

We gain momentum and strength by respecting our opponents and the power of their self-interest. Our victories will elicit a counter strategy that we must be prepared for. Sound and steady implementation is a key strategy for pushing back against the opposition’s efforts to thwart progress made.

More about the child care coalition efforts discussed on the webinar: 

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