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Connecting advocates with the training and tools to build and sustain grassroots movements.

  • Soda Taxes: Building a National Movement One Victory at a Time

    June 13, 2017

    It’s very easy to be cynical about politics. I can be cynical as well. But seeing policies being guided by a grassroots movement, with people who wanted to make this happen at all levels of power in the city, was inspiring. — Sara Soka, former Campaign Manager, Berkeley vs. Big Soda …

  • Punishing Grassroots Action

    April 12, 2017

    Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble… – US Constitution, Amendment 1 Opponents of grassroots movements have a new policy strategy in addition to preemption – laws punishing participation in rallies, protests, marches, and other …

  • Preemption Update: Discrimination & Sanctuary Cities

    March 9, 2017

    Two months into the 2017 state legislative sessions, local LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinances and sanctuary cities have emerged as two of the leading targets of state preemption. As in the past, preemption proposals have been introduced in both states with existing local ordinances or policies, and those with no local LGBTQ …

  • Updated Preemption Map

    March 2, 2017

    The Grassroots Change Preemption Map now covers two new issues: LGBTQ Discrimination & Residential Fire Sprinklers. Our original six issues have all been updated with new preemption laws from the 2016 legislative sessions. Discrimination: Three states preempt local LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws (A fourth preemptive law, in Mississippi, was overturned and is on …

  • Grassroots Change Interview: Lessons from the Boulder Soda Tax Victory, Part 3

    January 15, 2017

    Part 3: Legal Challenges Distract and delay. Two tactics the tobacco industry used for decades to slow the progress of public health are now being used by the soda industry, which in 2016 filed legal challenges against Oakland and Boulder’s soda tax campaigns and against the City of Philadelphia after …

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Effective public health movements grow from passion and commitment, but to be effective they need more than passion: they need smart strategies and leaders with the skills to mobilize, communicate, and advocate for change.

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In the Words of Our Partners

“Shortly after… Denton, Texas pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing, we faced the preemption onslaught from the state. The team at Grassroots Change offered us key advice, resources, and social networking opportunities. They’ve helped educate and empower us. It’s great to know they have our back in this difficult battle.”

Adam Briggle, Associate Professor, University of North Texas, Frack Free Denton

“Grassroots Change has been a valuable partner… for our organization and network to support our movement, especially in countering preemption... We found the Preemption Map so successful in informing our network, that we republished it to our network leadership.”

Ellen Bravo, Director, Family Values @ Work

“Grassroots Change is THE authority on preemption and movement building. Their website is my go-to resource... My students love their materials!”

Shannon Frattaroli, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Preemption Watch

Preemption Watch can help you better understand and counter preemption. We provide tools, research, and case studies to help you develop informed strategies to further your goals. Our bi-weekly newsletter provides timely coverage of state and fedearl threats.

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Brian Eliason: Amendment to Right to Farm Act is bad for R.I.

Providence Journal, Brian Eliason, June 25, 2017- House Bill H-6172 would amend the Right to Farm Act, allowing farms to host any activity that promotes the sale of agricultural products. The activities that would be allowed include festivals, weddings, concerts, carnivals, hotels, bars and restaurants, to name a few. Most …

Bathroom bill doesn’t reflect Republican values

Victoria Advocate, Editorial Board, June 24, 2017- Key conservative principles of the Republican Party include less government, more local control and pro-business policies. By these standards, the so-called bathroom bill fails miserably. It is legislation in search of a nonexistent problem, attempting to supercede local regulations and creating unnecessary problems …

Department of Justice sides with Texas on ‘sanctuary cities’ lawsuit

Dallas News, James Barragán, June 24, 2017- The Department of Justice on Friday sided with Texas in the lawsuit against its recently passed sanctuary cities ban, lending significant if unsurprising support to boosters of the law. The department’s decision to back a state in a high-profile case on a hawkish …

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