should local councils get involved?
is a national problem that reaches right
into our neighborhoods and homes.
power is concentrated in a handful of corporations.
They need to hear what we think as parents,
citizens and consumers.
well being of our young people is a community
responsibility. There is no other intervention
that will save more lives in the next generation
than to get smoking out of kid-rated movies
— simply and cost-free.
Two big reasons to pass local council resolutions:
pressure on the motion picture studios and their corporate
parents is critical to keep smoking out of kids' movies.
Cooperation from local movie theaters and video outlets
is critical to keep kids out of movies with smoking.
a City Council, county board, school board, or PTA/PTO
resolution is a good way to educate young people and
parents, engage local organizations and build public
consensus. How to begin? Here's advice from experienced
1: Identify the council member most likely
to support Smoke Free Movies. Perhaps they chair a committee
on youth or health or have shown an interest in tobacco
issues. Haven't worked with the member directly? Enlist
someone who has to help arrange a meeting.
STEP 2: Before your meeting, fax or email a one or two-page letter briefly describing the issue, the national support for it, and the local support for it.
STEP 3: Bring two or three well-informed, personable people with you. A parent or community group representative, a medical professional and a student leader would be ideal. Present the resolution you want the member to sponsor and a small packet of background info, published studies, local letters of endorsement, letters from council members in other cities, and policy endorsements from national organizations.
4: If the member agrees to act as sponsor,
make sure you will be kept informed of the resolution's
progress. Offer to meet with other members.
5: Can't find a helpful council member at first?
Gather signatures from city residents or recruit more
civic groups to endorse the resolution. Rally support
by using the local media, writing letters to the local
paper or calling local talk radio.
6: Once you know the resolution is going to
be introduced, use that fact to line up even more support!
Ask local residents to come speak and fill the room
when it's debated. Let the sponsoring member know you're
continuing to educate and organize.
STEP 7: When the resolution passes, alert local media and make sure that copies go to state legislators and members of Congress. They pay close attention to what local lawmakers are doing. Also be sure to send us a copy, so we can tell others about your success.
Contact us for advice about passing resolutions and making the most of the process.
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