How to Pass a Local Resolution to Ban Fracking

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How to Pass a Local Resolution to Ban Fracking

  1. 1. How to Pass a Local Resolution to Ban Fracking<br />Food & Water WatchMeredith Begin<br />Outreach Organizer<br />mbegin@fwwatch.org<br />202-683-2537<br />http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org<br />@foodandwater<br />Text WATCH to 69866<br />
  2. 2. Educate<br />Build Support<br />Empower individuals to take action<br />Create real change in people’s lives<br />You don’t win by being right. You win by demonstrating power.<br />Why We Organize<br />
  3. 3. Fracking is a direct threat to our health and environment<br />We can’t regulate ourselves out of this mess.<br />National ban on fracking<br />How?<br />Organize in communities to pass local resolutions<br />Local Resolution to Ban Fracking: You Can Get One Passed, Too.<br />
  4. 4. Sample Resolution<br />
  5. 5. BEFORE approaching decision makers<br />Core group of people<br />Individuals you know that are concerned<br />Representatives from organizations<br />General outreach<br />Have an initial planning meeting<br />
  6. 6. Have a clear goal<br />Identify targets<br />Take stock of resources<br />Identify allies and opponents, if any, and their power<br />Map out an initial timeline<br />Have fun with tactics!<br />http://bit.ly/STRATEGYCHART<br />Do your homework – plan a strategy<br />
  7. 7. Strategy Chart<br />
  8. 8. Tactics<br />The Fun Stuff!<br />
  9. 9. Initial tactic: Outreach<br />Organizations<br />Represent larger #s of people<br />Sign-on letter<br />Individual<br />Petition<br />Follow-up<br />
  10. 10. Identify resolution sponsor aka your “champion”<br />Make a strong ask<br />Work with others<br />Bring letters and numbers<br />Bring the resolution<br />Get a commitment to introduce it<br />Identify other supporters<br />Tactic 2: Engaging Decision Makers<br />
  11. 11. Meet with other members<br />Work with others<br />Bring letters and numbers<br />Bring the resolution<br />Get a commitment to introduce it<br />Identify other supporters<br />No commitment? <br />More tactics like constituent letters, LTEs, phone calls, more petition signatures, newsworthy event, etc.<br />Tactic 2: Engaging Decision Makers (Cont.)<br />
  12. 12. Media Outreach<br />Letters to the editor<br />Reach out toreporters<br />Tactic 3: A Public Hearing<br />
  13. 13. At the Hearing<br />Turn out number and organizations<br />Clearly identify people on your side<br />Press<br />Speaking a the hearing<br />Tactic 3: Public Hearing (Cont.)<br />
  14. 14. Congratulations! You’ve successfully passed a local resolution to ban fracking!<br />Send resolution to Food & Water Watch<br />Send resolution to your members of congress<br />Celebrate your victory<br />Build your next campaign<br />Follow up<br />
  15. 15. FRAC Act (S. 587 and HR 1084):<br />Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act<br />Contact your legislators to ask them to support the FRAC Act<br />Collect postcards for a national ban on fracking<br />New York: Help us pass a ban on fracking in New York!<br />NY Contact:<br /> Eric Weltman<br /> (202) 683-2483<br />eweltman@fwwatch.org<br />Other ways to take action<br />
  16. 16. Text FRACK to 69866<br />Postcard petitions to ban fracking*<br />Fracking action half-sheet*<br />Guide to passing a local resolution to ban fracking<br />Sample resolution*<br />Congressional meeting toolkit<br />http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/<br />Fracking Organizer Toolkit<br />

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