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Use Municipal Resolutions to Get Your City on Board

To date, 152 local governments across the country have called for a moratorium on executions. Your town, city, or county can be next!

Bringing a resolution before your local government is probably easier than you think – anyone can do it. Public officials want to go on record as supporting basic fairness in our legal system. Capital punishment might not seem like a prominent local issue, but it has a direct impact on local budgets and public safety in every locality where it is on the books.

Step by step overview: Municipal Resolutions

Or see the detailed step-by-step instructions for more hints and resources!

  1. Learn about the council. What are the procedures for voting on resolutions? What is important to your councilmembers? Talk to people who know the council and get their advice. Details...
  2. Gather local resolutions. Show the council that there’s support in your community by getting local groups, faith communities, businesses, etc. to endorse a moratorium on executions. Details...
  3. Find a sponsor and draft the resolution. Ask around or meet with councilmembers until you find one who is willing to introduce the resolution. Work with the sponsor and use EJUSA’s sample resolution to draft the resolution. Details...
  4. Strategize and count the votes. Ask your sponsor to help you figure out if there are enough votes to pass the resolution before the vote. Find out who on the council remains undecided and what will sway them. Details...
  5. Pack the room for the vote. Ask local residents to fill the hearing room when the resolution is debated. Be ready with a diverse group to speak in support of your resolution. Details...
  6. After the Vote.
    If your resolution passes, be sure to alert the media with EJUSA’s press release template and follow-up phone calls; thank councilmembers who voted with you and mobilize people to tell their legislators about the vote. Celebrate!
    If your resolution does not pass, don't get discouraged! Introducing it has surely educated some people in the group, and you have probably made new allies. Consult with them about your next steps. Details...
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