Alliances may be large or small, organized by county, city, state, or region. The general purposes of an alliance are to inform and arouse local public opinion so as to focus it consistently on the need for and importance of close cooperation and support by the United States for the ICC, and the earliest possible American ratification of its Rome Statute. Fulfilling these objectives will take a continuous effort over time. This effort will be sustained by historic and dramatic events including the Court's full operation and first cases. These events will focus and maintain interest and reward commitment. The ICC is a dramatic, dynamic cause and institution that will constantly reinforce and encourage supporters with new and exciting developments both in general and about their particular concerns and issues. This will happen whether or not the United States has joined the Court.




Creating an alliance requires a committed founder or founders backed by an organization. Organizational support is necessary because the resources, credibility and local connections of a support organization are usually essential to a founder. Moreover, alliances made up primarily of committed organizations and groups will have the capacity to carry out the sustained effort needed for this long-term endeavor. Inevitably, of course, alliances will usually begin with persons who know each other. However, they must make the work of the alliance important enough in the life of their organizations that these will remain active in it after their original representatives move on. This applies especially to the founder and his/her organization.




Founders start by identifying potential alliance members. They will have a large pool of prospects because the Court attracts groups and individuals with many and diverse interests that they believe the ICC will uniquely serve and promote. Local affiliates of AMICC members are prime prospects. The AMICC secretariat can often also help in finding potential members by coming to the area for public events, media activities, private meetings with small groups, classes at schools, colleges and universities and whatever else will assist the founder to raise local knowledge of and interest in the ICC. Once there are enough seriously interested potential members, the founder holds an organizational meeting. Founders often ask a member of the AMICC secretariat to return to attend this meeting as a resource and a focus for it.


In recruiting members, as in all of an alliance's activities, it is essential to make the most of the diversity of people, political and social views and organizations the ICC attracts. A great weakness of campaigns in the United States comparable to the ICC effort is their tendency to rely too heavily on persons and groups sharing one set of social and political views. Administration policy will not be changed nor the Rome Statute ratified by the United States without substantial support from conservatives. They need to hear from sources sympathetic to them that, at its center, the ICC is not a liberal/conservative issue, but is about accountability for crimes that all alike loathe: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.



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