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You Can Beat City Hall
These community-action tips will get you started in fighting the introduction of polluters into your neighborhood.

» Introduction
  Know What's Happening
  Get Organized
  Do Your Research
  Determine a Goal
  Build a Coalition
  Target the Decision-Makers
  Get Involved in the Process
  Build Support
  Further Resources

It would be great if corporations, city officials and state governments consulted neighborhoods before selecting them to host polluting facilities like landfills, incinerators and power plants. But often they don't. Frequently, these facilities end up in the places that put up the least resistance, either because residents are unaware of the projects planned for their area, or because they don't have the money, organization, knowledge or political clout to mount effective opposition.

You can defend your neighborhood from polluters. This guide is a jumping-off point -- there are tips on how to stay informed about plans that can affect your community, on how to get involved in decision-making about how land is used in your area, and on how to organize to protect your neighborhood from polluters.

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last revised 11.17.06

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