so much for helping us get cities all over
the country to pass resolutions for diplomacy,
not war, with Iran.
- Submit a resolution
to your City Council (Samples here!)
- Ask your Mayor
to issue a proclamation
- Get signatures
of support from locally elected officials
- Put the resolution on the ballot
for a vote
- And more! It is up to you & how your city functions! Read our tips below...
Watch the Youtube of CODEPINK DC in action as they meet with DC Mayor Fenty about Cities for Peace with Iran (ends with a hug and a photo opp!)
Oakland, CA just passed a resolution against the US using force against Iran! For inspiration on taking this on in your own community:
- Read our report back & view pics!
- Read the article by the Oakland Tribune
- Read the resolution text from Oakland + other successful sample City Council peace resolutions
No matter which
way you go, here are some tips for moving
Dear Elected Officials,
With the war in Iraq raging-consuming
so many of our young people's
lives and our communities' financial
resources, we see how difficult
it is to get out of a war once
it has started. This is why
we are determined to stop the
next war before it starts.
In the case of Iran, some national
leaders have been using unsubstantiated
and/or exaggerated claims about
Iran's interference in Iraq
and its nuclear program to advocate
a military attack against Iran.
Such an attack would be disastrous
for the people of Iran, our
soldiers in Iraq and the Middle
East as a whole. It could also
cause a devastating disruption
of oil supplies and rob our
community of precious resources
needed to address local needs.
For this reason, we urge you
to pass a resolution calling
for diplomacy, not war, with
Iran. Such resolutions are now
being passed all over the country
to show our leaders in Washington
DC that the people of this nation
are determined to begin resolving
our conflicts with other nations
through negotiations and diplomacy,
We will follow up with you
to see about your willingness
to introduce a resolution similar
to the one attached. We thank
you in advance for your support.
You can contact us at the following
email or phone: xx.
1. Gather a Coalition
of Local Organizations to Support the Effort
Put together a letter signed by various
community groups and leaders calling on
your city officials to pass a resolution
for Diplomacy Not War With Iran.
Co-signers can be peace and justice groups,
faith-based leaders, students and youth
organizations, sympathetic business/union
groups, groups that work on issues such
as poverty, immigrant rights, racial justice.
To find more groups, go to the website
for Peace and Justice to check for local
peace groups in your town.
a Sponsor Among Your Elected Officials
- Check to see if your city has already
passed a similar resolution, such as a
resolution against the war in Iraq (see
www.citiesforprogress.org). If so, check
who introduced and supported that resolution
and if they are still in office, go back
to those same people to see if they will
sponsor this resolution.
- If you don't have an obvious sponsor,
ask around to see who is the most progressive,
global-minded, peace-loving person in
your city government and approach that
person. It could be a city council member,
your mayor or perhaps a staffperson who
could help you find the right sponsor.
- It's important to try to find a sponsor
who is really cares about peace in the
Middle East and won't just drop the ball.
It's also important to have a strategy
session with that person (or their aide)
to ask advice on what you can do to help
ensure passage of the resolution.
- A word of advice: City officials
often use the excuse that this is an international
matter and they only deal with local issues.
You can counter with arguments such as:
* War, as we see in the case of Iraq,
has a direct and negative impact on your
city through the soldiers who are asked
to fight to the taxdollars drained from
* The state's National Guard is now involved
in the fighting in the Middle East, making
your community more vulnerable in case
of a local emergency.
* Other cities all over the country regularly
weigh in on international issues. It should
be easy for you, as a public official,
to advocate diplomacy over war.
3. Gather Public
- You may want to spend some time gathering
signatures for the resolution from constituents.
This will help leverage Council members'
support and may help in getting similar
language passed by the Council instead
of a watered-down version. Ask the members
of your coalition to each collect a stack
4. Pressure Other
- One you have a Council Person willing
to take the lead, set up a meeting with
that person or their aide to secure the
support of other council members. (It
is often easier to work with aides.)
- Set up meetings with other Council members.
Bring education packet to share with them
including talking points, copies of City
Council resolution, newspaper articles,
costs to your community and signed petitions.
Ask the Council person to approve the
language in the draft resolution. This
process may take a number of days, a fair
amount of negotiating and perhaps some
compromise on language. Don't get too
caught up in the wording details-as long
as the spirit of the resolution stays
Set Up A Public Education Event or Town
- At any point in this process you may
want to consider setting up a public event
in your city to garner wider support for
your initiative, to bring more citizen
power into the effort, and to build the
movement in your city. If there are forums
or teach-ins already planned, such as
forums on the Iraq war, you may want to
just work with the organizers of those
events to get on the speaking docket.
Another option is to set up a "town
hall meeting" where you have a panel
of people presenting the various arguments
for (and against) the resolution and a
panel of Council Members and citizens
listening and asking follow-up questions.
- Make sure to invite the press!
Outreach to the Media
- A public education event or action is
a great opportunity to inform journalists
about the campaign. You should also consider
holding a press conference featuring City
Council Members leading the effort and
diverse members of your Coordinating body
- If you have not been able to get a
sponsor to carry the resolution forward,
you may want to hold a Candle Light Vigil
at the home of one of the obstructionist
officials or conduct a sit-in at their
- Draft a press release (see
sample release) and send it to your
local and regional press.
- If a Resolution passes successfully
don't forget to do follow-up media work.
Hold a press conference and claim a victory
- What to do when a City Council Resolution
will not pass (or even get introduced)
in your city
Here are some options:
* If you have any allied Council members
ask them to circulate a general letter
in support of your position to other
members and other officials in your
City Government, including the Mayors
office. Any formal expressions you can
obtain in favor of your campaign will
help our efforts to show the national
strength of local movements
* You can also try different bodies
in your city such as University Resolutions,
Labor Union local resolutions, Parent
and Teacher Associations, or other Civic
* If you have a sympathetic Mayor
in your city, ask him or her to issue
Please send Campaign Updates and requests
for assistance to Dana Balicki at dana[at]codepinkalert.org.
We are tracking the various efforts to get
resolutions passed across the country and
want to stay in touch with you.
Good luck! And many thanks for your efforts
to Stop the Next War Now!
We want to thank Cities for Progress
for their help in putting this together.