Assessing Our Capacities
The Safe Communities Act Coalition and Steering Committee have decided that we cannot support the redrafted version of the Safe Communities Act legislation. We also do not think the original SCA has a chance of passing this year. But we can’t let the Legislature do nothing – lives are at stake!
We have decided as a coalition to shift towards advancing key provisions of the SCA through the budget process, which takes place in earnest in April (House budget) and May (Senate budget). With a quick timeline and many moving pieces, we need to understand what capacity we have within the 100 plus organizations which make up the Safe Communities Act Coalition. Please fill out the firm letting us know what role your organization can play.
Profile / Capacity
Name *
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Email Address *
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Name of Organization *
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Regions where you have members/can organize (need to make uniform to other forms sent out)
What actions/organizing fits with your group's capacity, interests?
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Community education (events to inform, discuss, build awareness/support)
Outreach to faith and community leaders in your area
Outreach to government officials (police chiefs, electeds, municipal leaders...)
Mobilize calls to the statehouse
Organize letters to the editor, op-eds, in local papers
Delegation vists of constituents to Legislators
Lobbying meetings with legislators
Regular/routine and escalating "asks" to Legislators for increasing support/advocacy
"Friendbank" outreach to personal networks (organizing!) to pressure lawmakers
Phonebank to voter lists, to educate and ask them to pressure lawmakers
Organize letters, postcards to legislators
Tabling/leafletting at community events
Amplify and "shape the narrative" in social media
Canvassing (knocking doors) in strategic communities
Showing up, providing bodies for rallies and press conferences
Planning and supporting escalating public actions
We will need to move quickly between now and May to pursue a budget strategy. What kind of capacity in terms of staff/member hours, resources, number of people, etc do you think your organization has for this campaign?
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Each of our organizations has special value add to this work and we need everyone to have a strong campaign! What do you think is a role(s) that makes the most sense for you and your organization to play?
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How would you describe your organization?
This is helpful for us to assess where we have power! Are you a community group? Affiliated? Do you see yourself as deep-in-the-weeds policy folk, grasstop community organizers, "bodies" who can show up for actions? Coordinator of a collection of grassroots groups (umbrella role, eg Progressive Massachusetts)? Please describe what's relevant and useful!
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How would the SCA coalition BEST get information and actions to your group's members?
Is there a point person to get the Coalition emails who will then pass to the members to take action? Ideally, we would rely on a point person/organizer to get our message -- and facilitate the follow-thru-- to your broader group.
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Point Person's Name
We would rely on a point person/organizer to get our message -- and facilitate the follow-thru-- to your broader group.
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Point Person's Email Address
We would rely on a point person/organizer to get our message -- and facilitate the follow-thru-- to your broader group.
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Feedback: We would like to post a directory of the SCA Coalition members so folks can connect geographically
Please indicate below if you'd agree to sharing this information on our SafeCommunitiesAct.com page
Could we share on a public website:
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Name of your group
Group website for info (or fb page etc)
Real-person contact name
Email address for that real person
Anything else?
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