|Speak out at Public Meetings|
Unfortunately, many public meetings are held at a time when most people are working (e.g., BOC Zoning Meetings at 9 a.m.), and it can be difficult, if not impossible, to know when your particular issue/application will be discussed Nevertheless, bringing as many people as possible to a public meeting is a cogent and visible display of your commitment to a particular issue and to exercising your right of free speech. Additionally, in some states you must present evidence against a project at some meeting if you want to challenge it at a later date.
• Board of Commissioners, Planning Commission, and Board of Zoning Appeals Meetings are held at 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, GA in Commission Meeting Room located on the 2nd floor of the Cobb County Building, Bldg A.
• In general, the commission meets in regular session twice a month on the second Tuesday (9 a.m.) and the fourth Tuesday (7 p.m.). Commission Zoning Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (9 a.m.). (Note: there may be some zoning meetings held on a Thursday due to a holiday or some other reason - check www.cobbcounty.org for additional detail)
Start a Petition
A petition should have a concise and specific statement (e.g., "I am opposed to [specific issue] ... ") to which people will be signing their names in the affirmative. The petition looks more credible if people include their contact information. Although a petition generally does not have legal status, a copy can easily be distributed to the press and/or government as a way of illustrating constituent support behind changing or righting some sort of injustice or untenable decision.
Hold a Rally
Organizing a rally in front of city hall seems to be the quintessential display of public protest. Although we (U.S. Citizens) generally have the right of assembly as part of the first amendment, you may need to get an assembly permit before you hold a rally.
Organize other Events
You may want to align yourself with other local/state events that have a related charter or purpose as your campaign/organization. In addition, you could invite a member of the press to tour a condemned area or historical site to demonstrate its significance to an upcoming zoning decision.
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