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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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Will Iowa Legislature tell grocers what kind of eggs they can sell?

Des Moines Register, Becky Higgins, February 20, 2018- Our state leaders are poised to consider legislation that would hurt Iowa family farmers like myself and consumers who support farming practices that are sustainable, humane and ethical. If you think Iowa should be protecting consumers and making life better for the …

In the Face of Preemption Threats, Austin Passes Paid Sick Leave

The American Prospect, Justin Miller, February 21, 2018- fter five hours of intense debate, the Austin, Texas, City Council voted late last Thursday night to approve an ordinance that will mandate paid sick days for some 87,000 workers. The capital city of Texas is now the lone municipality in the state—and …

Florida gun law can punish local officials personally

CNN, Lawrence Davidson, February 21, 2018- If local Florida officials want to pass firearm restrictions in response to the latest mass killing with an assault weapon, they risk being suspended from office, fined and sued personally for damages. Authorities say Nikolas Cruz, 19, used an AR-15 style rifle he purchased legally …

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