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  • Interview: Beth Waitkus & the Insight Garden Program Part 2

    October 24, 2017

    For this two-part series, Grassroots Change interviewed Beth Waitkus, Founder and Executive Director of the Insight Garden Program, which works to transform prisoners’ lives through a connection to nature and hands-on gardening programs in prisons. During the past 15 years, the Insight Garden Program has expanded across California, to two …

  • Interview: Beth Waitkus & the Insight Garden Program

    September 18, 2017

    Part 1: Vision, challenges, and successes  After 9/11, when someone asked me if I would grow a garden in San Quentin, I realized this was an opportunity to integrate my passion for environmental and social justice and an opportunity to find my faith in humanity again. Over the past 15 …

  • 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 …

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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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Murphy: Chicken Fighting Over State Rights

AG Web, Editorial, December 6, 2017- No, not the kind you enjoyed as a kid with your friends in someone’s backyard pool. That only endangers bodily health. This the serious kind: one that endangers someone’s bottom line. With the polarization of politics that’s become endemic of late, virtually every issue …

State Preemption Efforts Lead to Court Battles on Plastic Pollution

Surfrider Foundation, Angela Howe, December 5, 2017- “Preemption” is a legal term to describe when a higher authority takes control of a certain issue or area of regulation.  In the world of plastic pollution, preemption is when statewide legislation is used to take away a local city’s right to pass …

Florida lawmakers light up the smoking debate after an I-Team investigation

ABC Action News, Katie Lagrone and Matthew Apthorp, December 6, 2017- Years of giving smokers the free hand to puff away on local playgrounds is facing some fire. New legislation recently filed in both the House and Senate aims to end an age old state law that keeps cities and counties from …

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