Terry on May 9th 2012
1. Information Sharing & Building the Base:
Share successful strategies and effective messaging and swap model policies. Show that early identification and rapid response to disease clusters is a powerful unifying force that can infuse and embrace what people are doing to prevent harm. Presenters from “fenceline communities” can tell compelling stories of how precaution can play a powerful role in local victories. Groups can share international, national, Canadian and U.S. state-level successful strategies for legislative or regulatory reform. Youth activists can talk about involving young people in our work. Can include people who are just starting to work on it to build the base.
2. Harmonize & Integrate:
Plenary sessions can emphasize the common underlying themes and goals of disease cluster investigations. They can also help harmonize us across approaches/issues/regions with an underlying goal being integration to pull out the commonalities of different approaches.
3. Issue or Multi-Issue Strategy Sessions:
Groups can strengthen or develop collaborative strategies on issue-specific or regional strategies, or cross-fertilize across issue areas.
4. Skills Trainings:
Provide trainings on community organizing, media advocacy, demystifying the technical aspects of environmental issues, and more.
5. Technical & Strategy Sessions:
Provide sessions to address roadblocks to cluster investigation and response, such as developing economic arguments, how to counter industry arguments, messaging, and more.
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