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News from Gresham First - Stopping Walmart in Gresham

Moderator: please add this to the section on stopping local Sprawlmarts, thanks!
CAMPAIGN UPDATE & MEETING NOTICE

Date:
Wed, 23 Mar 2005 20:34:00 -0800


Congratulations are due our campaign volunteers who together have
successfully gathered over 2,000 petition signatures and raised $2,500
in
donations and yard-sign sales. In our first month we have organized a
strong group of residents, business owners, land use activists,
neighborhood
representatives, and union members to raise awareness and organize
opposition to the proposed Wal-Mart superstore. Together we are using
the
power of scientific research, public education and advocacy to shape
our
community.

Progress to date includes formation of a public interest corporation,
filing
for non-profit status and appointment of a Board of Directors. We are
currently interviewing Land Use attorneys and Traffic Engineers and
expect
to retain expert assistance before Wal-Mart files a completed permit
application. Research teams are compiling data to demonstrate that the
proposal does not comply with City Planning and Development Code,
helping to
reduce the expense of paid experts. Gresham First continues to seek
donations to cover expert's fees.

If you cannot contribute financially, please consider spending time on
the
campaign. As Wal-Mart may submit a Type II Development Permit
Application
at any time, our main focus is to continue building public awareness.
There
are a number of ways to help during this phase of our campaign.

Volunteers are very successful going door-to-door distributing
brochures and
gathering signatures. This effort is made at the convenience of our
members, and at the mercy of spring weather. We encourage members to
canvass with a partner and will help to connect volunteers. If you are
interested in offering information, the petition and yard signs on your
block, please contact us. To help new members get started on this
task, we
will offer campaign orientation sessions Saturday, March 26 at Jazzy
Bagels
in Historic Downtown Gresham from 10am-12pm. Plan to spend 10-20
minutes to
receive all the tools you'll need. We will provide campaign brochures
so
that volunteers have accurate information to use as talking points.
Individual meetings can also be scheduled to pick up campaign
materials. We
are tracking canvassed areas and have noted the best times to get out
and
talk to your neighbors are weekday twilight hours and daytime on
Saturdays.
Let's team up, have fun, and get out there to meet our neighbors and
keep
the momentum alive!

This week's goal is to double our contact list! You can help by
telling at
least one new person about our campaign. It's easy to strike up a
conversation by asking "Do you know about the proposed Wal-Mart?"
Refer
supporters to our website for more information and ways to help.
Members
will receive weekly email updates, notification of the comment review
period
and ways to make a difference in our community.

Our next strategy meeting for active volunteers is Tuesday, March 29th
at
7:00pm - Portland
Adventist Elementary Library. We encourage everyone to bring a friend
or
neighbor! We will discuss new fundraising options so please come with
ideas!
Research teams will report on traffic and environmental findings. If
you
would like to participate on a research team, please email us for
current
needs and reading assignments.

We appreciate your efforts on our campaign for responsible development,
and
hope to see you soon.

Gresham First

homepage: homepage: http://www.greshamfirst.org