This is a quick summary of my take-away from today’s conference call. I can provide additional information as needed from my notes of the conference call discussions.
Shannon and Tom Linzey of CELDF emphasized that they would be willing to provide technical assistance to our efforts to propose a potentially successful City or County ordinance involving our rights to clean water as a response to the fracking situation. [See the film Gasland, and see the article about Shannon’s talk HERE ]
1. A Core group of a minimum of 20 or more people who are committed to working cohesively to develop a proposed City and or County ordinance and a willingness to organize public meetings and others to bring others into this process. This Core Group would be committed to the following steps.
2. A willingness of the Core Group to attend a Democracy Workshop that would develop a strategic plan for the initiative, including understanding what it will take to have a successful initiative. This workshop would provide participants with the basic knowledge of what it takes to have a successful initiative based on other CELDF and Global Exchange efforts.
Other local people would be invited to attend this workshop. A marketing effort would need to be launched to make sure there was a successful workshop.
As part of the workshop a Draft ordinance would be developed and discussed.
We would need to pay the travel costs of CELDF and Global Exchange people to present the workshop.
Travel costs and meeting room costs might be approximately $2000 or more. So this cost would need to be shared by 40 people coming to the workshop or say $50 per person.
3. The next step after the workshop would be to involve other people in supporting the concept of the ordinance. Shannon and Tom would provide assistance at this stage through conference calls and email, but it will take a larger group to get involved, say ramping up to 200 or more people. Tom indicated that one strategy might be to schedule additional action-oriented Democracy Workshops to involve more people like they did in Spokane. This is only one idea.
4. Shannon indicated that she would provide her time to this effort at no cost, just travel time.
Shannon said that if we had made a lot of progress in obtaining commitments from people for items 1 and 2, then we should schedule another conference call and she might get a concrete feeling that we were serious in moving forward wit this. If we could get commitments for steeps 1 and 2, then she didn’t think we were serious and had the minimum ingredients for a successful effort.
Potential Schedule of Next Steps if we had a Core Group
1. If necessary, Public Meeting where Shannon could come down again and answer questions about the ordinance process, preliminary strategy and logistical and marketing details for Democracy Workshop (possible costs around $300)
2. Possible Dates for Democracy Workshop in September or October (40 people at $50 per person as target)- Workshop would include Draft ordinance and beginnings of strategy
3. Bring in more people (say 80-100 people) interested in supporting the ordinance and marketing it- 3-4 months