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Brownsville resolution

Residents of Brownsville who helped pass an anti-border wall resolution

  1. Have an initial planning meeting. Find like-minded fellow residents who can help you. You can recruit people to a meeting by talking to your friends and neighbors or by putting out an announcement on social media.
  2. Plan a strategy.
  • Identify your targets. Which commissioner or councilperson would be most likely to support the resolution? Who might oppose it? Is there anyone who may be undecided?
  • Identify allies. Who has influence over city officials that might help you? What organizations or individuals could you reach out to and ask for support?
  • Determine what resources each person on your team brings. Do they know a commissioner personally? Are they willing to write a version of the sample resolution adapted to your community? Are they able to help recruit people to attend City or County meetings?
  • Map out a timeline. Consider when the next commission or council meetings will be held. Set goals around those meetings.
  1. Draft a resolution. Adapt your resolution from Sample Draft Anti-Border Wall Resolution. You may want to do a little research to determine some specific statistics about your community.
  2. Find a sponsor member. Identify a potential sponsor of the resolution, and have a meeting to ask them to introduce it. Bring along supporters who have some power in the member’s district, leaders of an influential organization. If you have collected petitions, or a sign-on letter from organizations who support you, bring that as well. Get feedback on the language of your draft resolution.
  3. Meet with other members. When you have a committed sponsor, you will want to meet with other members. Again, you should bring along the member’s constituents and community leaders, as well as petition signatures and letters from organizations who support you. Ask the official for a commitment to support the resolution. If they do not commit, you may want to use additional tactics to pressure them, such calls from constituents or letters to the editor.
  4. Make a show of force at the hearing. In most cases, when a resolution is placed on the agenda, there is a hearing in the council or commission meeting. It is important to get many supporters to the meeting at which the resolution will be considered and to find a way to be visible—sit up front, bring signs or wear t-shirts or stickers, and sign up to talk about the border wall during the public comment period. You might also ask people to call or write their commissioner and the mayor in the days leading up to the hearing. Make sure local press will be at the hearing and arrange for spokespeople to give statements to them that incorporate your group’s main talking points. (See No Border Wall Talking Points and Draft Resolution.)

Questions? Need help organizing an intial planning meeting? Contact lrgvsierraclub@gmail.com

Anti-Border Wall Resolutions Passed by Border Municipalities:

Brownsville, Texas Resolution

Hidalgo County, Texas Resolution

El Paso, Texas Resolution

San Diego, California Resolution (not yet confirmed)

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