What I want to do or know
My group is fighting an industry that's been a bane in our community's side for a long time. They are planning on growing and we have once chance to appeal this proposed growth. We have a lot of people against this and we're trying to figure out the best way to approach our public comment. We're mainly thinking about:
- With the bureaucratic system we're dealing with, what are the key points to focus on in the hearing?
- Should we all make the same key points, or task different individuals for making different points?
- Are there any good tips, things we should do, or things we should particularly avoid?
I am posting on behalf of a community member who came forward with this question
There is a great resource on Public Comment on this wiki.
I have heard of groups who divide up the key points and have different people focus in on them from both a research standpoint, and an advocacy standpoint at the hearing. For example dividing up so different people focus on:
It's good to divide people up based on their interests and local expertise. People's personal stories are really valuable in speaking towards what they know and personally care about. Think about how well a new mother knows and cares about the character of the community she raises her children in, or how well a nurses can speak to health hazards, your local estate agent could be a good advocate about property costs declining. Those are just some ideas and ways to divide up what can be a daunting workload, and can also show some passion and expertise on all sides of your arguments.
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