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require careful attention to the mechanics of local policymaking and a clear blueprint of what we stand for. Much of the work of framing
what we stand for takes place in the shaping of demands. By getting into the policy arena in a proactive manner, we can take our demands to
the next level. Our demands can become law, with real consequences if the agreement is broken. After all the organizing, press work, and effort, a group should
leave a decisionmaker with more than a handshake and his or her word. Of course, this work requires a certain amount of interaction with "the suits," as
well as struggles with the bureaucracy, the technical language , and the all-too-common resistance by decisionmakers. Still, if it's worth demanding,
it's worth having in writing-whether as law, regulation, or internal policy. From ballot initiatives on rent control to laws requiring worker protections, organizers are
leveraging their power into written policies that are making a real difference in their communities. Of course, policy work is just one tool in our box. The Perm Solves...
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This document was uploaded on 03/26/2014.
- Spring '14