Tuesday, 29 March 2011
at 9:38 am by Julie
No two people agree all the time, why would we expect it anyway? There's a diverse group of individuals and organisations who will be working for a fairer legal framework around access to abortion, and we won't agree all the time, on tactics or strategies, or possibly even on goals beyond the medium term change to the Crimes and CS&A Acts. And that's ok.
Because a movement is never about just one way of doing things, or achieving only one thing. One of the strengths of any movement is surely its diversity. By having a wide range of activities and a breadth of opinion there is something for most people to identify with and get involved with. Some will want to raise arguments and tactics that others are uncomfortable with, considering them too weak, too strong, side issues, bad timing, possibly even counter-productive.
Collective strength comes in part from how we handle these disagreements; how we balance our unity of purpose (within its limits) with our diversity of experience, opinion and action.