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  • UPDATE: New Preemption Map Issue: PLASTICS

    September 10, 2019

    Single-use plastics have created a major threat to the environment. As in the case of the other issues tracked in the Grassroots Change Preemption Map, much of the recent success in regulating or banning plastic bags and other “auxiliary containers” has come at the local level. In response, the plastics industry, …

  • UPDATE: State Firearm Preemption Laws

    August 6, 2019

    In the 1970s and 80s, the gun lobby faced the threat of an effective national movement to prevent gun violence. To stop that grassroots movement, the NRA borrowed a page from the tobacco industry’s playbook and promoted state preemption of local gun laws. They succeeded in 43 states, but in the handful of states that …

  • Combatting and Preventing Preemption: A Strategic Action Model

    July 25, 2019

    M, Zellers L, Sullivan PA; Pomeranz JL, Pertschuk M.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. March/April 2019;25:101–103. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000956. This 4-part model provides a framework for strategies that have been used effectively by public health advocates, most notably in the tobacco control arena, who have countered and even repealed state …

  • Soda Taxes: Building a National Movement (and Fighting Preemption) One Victory at a Time

    October 13, 2018

    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 …

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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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Gun legislation in Tallahassee split along partisan lines

The Palm Beach Post, Christine Stapleton, September 17, 2019- The gun control debate expected in the upcoming 2020 legislative session will feature extreme initiatives on both sides, including bills that would lift the ban on bump stocks, and allow guns to be openly carried on college campuses and give local governments the power …

Grassroots group seeks fee on single-use bags

The Intelligencer, Charles Bolinger, September 16, 2019- As of last month, 300 municipalities across the nation have passed either a single-use bag fee, tax or ban, while state lawmakers have introduced at least 95 bills related to plastic bags so far this year. Bring Your Own Glen-Ed (BYOGE) wants to …

Unease for Colorado Drillers as Locals Flex New Regulatory Power

Bloomberg Environment, Tripp Baltz, September 12, 2019- Colorado’s oil-rich Weld County has taken steps to encourage more drilling. Neighboring Boulder County is working to significantly reduce it. Both are acting under a new state law that gives local governments more control over energy production. What happens in Weld County matters …

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