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Fundamentals of Building a State Resolution

Depending on the political conditions in your state, choose one of the following tracks for a state resolution campaign:

Optimum Conditions

  • Regular schedule of citizen lobbyists at the legislature and two to three Lobby Days
  • Major endorsements from labor, religious, library, school, political parties, and other groups like the League of Women Voters
  • Group of grassroots representatives from various parts of the state who can organize day to day
  • Endorsing groups let you use their email lists to contact people throughout the state for various events
  • Well-organized Phone Tree
  • Statewide petition with thousands of signatures
  • Statewide coalition made up of representatives from each part of the state, who have met at least once in person to begin to build trust.

Basics

  • At least one or two Lobby Days, and modest schedule of citizen lobbyists from around the state
  • Major endorsements from a handful of civic, religious, and political groups
  • A core of grassroots organizers teamed with professional lobbyist allies who can organize day to day
  • Endorsing groups will forward your messages to their lists on a regular basis
    Basic Phone Tree
  • Statewide petition coupled with local petitions from all communities that have passed resolutions, with hundreds of signatures
  • A core of grassroots activists from various parts of the state meeting by conference call

Bare Minimum

  • At least one Lobby Day and occasional visits to the legislature by citizen lobbyists from around the state
  • A few endorsements from a few statewide groups
  • A few volunteers, with a connection to a lobbyist at the Legislature, with consistent, but not daily organization
  • Endorsing groups will occasionally make an announcement for an important event
  • A few volunteers willing to make calls when really necessary
  • An alternate of showing support from the state’s populace – either abundant emails and phone calls and visits from around the state to legislators or good attendance at lobby days and committee hearings.
  • A few grassroots activists from one or two major cities, checking in through email and phone calls.

Other Resources

Passing Statewide Civil Liberties Resolutions

State Legislature Web Sites for Research

Legislative Glossary