02:30 PM Oct 05, 2005
So after a very successful tour of the northern U.S., it is time to take the next steps in the effort to organize the country and and make Amtrak and rail a real transportation option that has the full attention of state and federal governments. We have several ideas for where our work can go from here, and we also welcome suggestions from Whistle-Stop readers!
Here are Friends of the Earth's plans:
1) Continue the Whistle-Stop Blog - We will be working on the site over the next several weeks to make it into a true Amtrak resource. This will include:
Current Amtrak political news
Action Alerts and contact information for officials
Factsheets and white papers
Information on pending legislation
A forum for discussion about national and state passenger rail policy
2) Continue organizing - Friends of the Earth will be heading out on a Southern Whistle-Stop in a few weeks to meet with media, advocacy groups, state DOTs, and riders.
3) Continue lobbying - Friends of the Earth will maintain its strong presense on Capitol Hill, along with our newfound allies.
4) Help push state initiatives - Friends of the Earth will begin aiding state and local groups in their work to bring passenger, commuter, and light rail to various places in the country.
5) Increase capacity - Friends of the Earth will work with state and local groups to help them be as successful as possible. This will include developing strategy, producing materials, seeking funding, building coalitions, and lobbying officials. We will also highlight success stories and particularly innovative initiatives among groups.
6) Award small grants - Friends of the Earth will be awarding several small grants to state and local groups to help aid their work and build capacity.
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