Engaging in Global Grass-Roots Efforts.Few U.S.-based associations recognize that grass-roots coalition building takes place in other countries, but it does, asserts Edward Grefe, chief political consultant for Legislative Demographic Services, Arlington, Virginia Virginia, state, United States
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ASAE American Society of Agricultural Engineers (Society for Engineering in Agricultural, Food, and Biological Systems)
ASAE Alkali-Sulfite-Anthraquinone-Ethanol newsletters, the January 2000 issue of ASAE Global Link and the February 2000 issue of Government Relations, Grefe urges organizations with international members to pursue global grass-roots efforts. He cites current, major movements that are forcing change internationally--activist causes that "represent both a threat and an opportunity to associations and their members."
* A network among women's organizations This is a list of women's organisations. International
* The Global March for Children's Rights The opportunity for children to participate in political and legal decisions that affect them; in a broad sense, the rights of children to live free from hunger, abuse, neglect, and other inhumane conditions. , launched in India, has mobilized thousands of volunteers in 97 countries.
* Labor unions labor union: see union, labor. are linking up globally to demand worldwide protections that are similar to those afforded to U.S. workers.
"The decision-making process in many countries is now being influenced by pressure brought at the local level," writes Grefe. "The threat is that decisions will be made at a table at which the association community is not sitting. The opportunity is to recognize that associations can engage in grass-roots communication in other nations as they do in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , creating allegiances at the local level."