What do we mean by community-friendly policies?
___Community-friendly policies are those social, economic, health, and environmental policies that make the community healthier and improve its quality of life.
___Community-friendly policies respect cultural and other diversity, community history, and environmental integrity.
___Community-friendly policies regard each community as unique, and take its characteristics into account.
___Community-friendly policies use the community as the context for policy-making.
Why promote community-friendly policies?
___Community-friendly policies help everyone in the community.
___Community-friendly policies promote equity.
___Community-friendly policies promote diversity.
___Community-friendly policies are good for business.
___Community-friendly policies help politicians get reelected.
___Community-friendly policies promote community health, environmental quality, financial stability, and social justice.
When would you promote community-friendly policies?
___When policy is specifically being debated.
___When something new is about to be started.
___When there's an election.
___When there's a crisis in the making.
___When there's a public groundswell for community-friendly policy in a specific area.
___When the community is invited to the table.
Who should promote community-friendly policies?
___Stakeholders (i.e. those most directly affected by the policy).
___Particular populations or groups who may have an interest (language minorities, public housing tenants, parents of children in the schools, the business community, low-income workers, etc.)
___Public officials, both elected and appointed.
___Public employees (who may be asked to carry out or administer policy).
___Community-based organizations and community coalitions.