Advocate for a Local Resolution

For information, to get involved, or help, contact Nadine Sandbo at

Why Do Local Resolutions?

HCAO’s strategic plan calls for activists to help pass local resolutions in municipalities, counties, and school boards.

  • Local resolutions can serve the movement in several different ways:

  • A campaign for local resolutions can have powerful effect on local solidarity and enthusiasm among HCAO members and supporters, and help recruit new supporters.

  • Help drive local community awareness of the movement to universal health care.

  • Build relationships with local government officials and staff.

  • Get local governments to support and then activate to call on state and national elected officials to achieve equitable, comprehensive, affordable, publicly funded, high quality health care system serving everyone in Oregon and the U.S.


  • The most powerful local resolution will involve as many people as possible in the conversation. However, it only takes one person or a small organized team to make this happen.


  • Everywhere in Oregon where there is an elected body. The resolutions could be from a city, a county, a school board, or an organization.


  • There are continuous opportunities of time and location throughout the state.


  • Identify a supportive elected official and work with that person to get the resolution passed through the entity on which they sit (have a vote).

  • Convincing a local government to pass a resolution by gathering signatures (informal, not as a filed initiative) can open dialogue with many potential supporters.

  • Even more powerful is convincing the local body to put the resolution on the local ballot to involve voters. In some localities, this can be done by initiative petition.

  • Use the resources below. 

  • Content of a resolution:

    • HCAO current model resolution to call on both the state and federal government. to take action to pass universal health care.

    • Consider successful previous resolutions for use a template.

    • It is reasonable to mix and match individual clauses as appropriate.


Steps for a Successful Campaign

  1. Assemble a local team that includes both HCAO supporters and people recruited to HCAO for the purpose of obtaining a local resolution. If possible, include people who have worked on local resolutions in your community. It is helpful to have someone with a connection to the elected body you are trying to influence.

    • Communities with

    • Communities with a resolution relating to excessive money in politics – Ashland, Baker City, Beaverton, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Eugene, Lincoln County, Multnomah County, Newport, Silverton, Talent, West Linn, Yachats.

    • Communities with a resolution relating to the earned income tax credit – Benton County, Clackamas County, Eugene, Hillsboro, Lane County, Multnomah County, Springfield , Beaverton.

  2. Discuss which content would work best in your locality. Let HCAO leaders know what you decide. There may be good reasons for deviating from the suggestions in this document, but make sure that it makes sense to HCAO leadership.

  3. Immediately begin collecting, preparing, and preserving local “stories” to use in the campaign. Stories are powerful persuaders, and local stories are best, if they can be found. (Also send stories to the state HCAO Story Bank.)

  4. Build and maintain solidarity among this local team with meetings, potlucks, fun and serious events.

  5. Contact friends and allies and build a list of people who will support the local campaign in some way.

  6. Decide whether or not you will gather signatures to help pressure the local body to support a resolution. In general, signature gathering is a powerful tool that can also be used to build the organization. Make sure to also collect contact information (email & phone) if the signer is willing.

  7. Hold local private and public/media events to develop local awareness of HCAO issues and solutions. The local team should decide how much background education on the issue should precede telling the community specifically about the proposed local resolution. These events will promote HCAO generally as well as the local resolutions campaign. HCAO should be prepared to supply materials and speakers.

  8. Meet with decision-makers (i.e. the city or county officials who will vote on the proposed local resolution). Meet face-to-face several times, establishing a relationship and making a clear, firm “ask.” Send email to councilors and participate in online forums set up for discussing local issues. Invite them for tea, coffee, beer, wine, etc. i. Contact media about intent to propose local resolution. Send LTEs.

  9. Propose the resolution as appropriate to the local body.

  10. Line up speakers at the meeting of the local council, according to its rules. Provide them with talking points.

  11. Turn out as many people as you can for the meeting(s) at which the local resolution will be discussed and voted on; make speeches; keep in touch with media.

  12. The local body may well want to put the resolution in their own words. Be open to reasonable changes, but be wary of changes to the nature of the resolution.

  13. Celebrate victory, and send a copy of the approved resolution and other relevant information to Nadine Sandbo.