In 2014, a grassroots coalition of public health advocates, council members, community members, and more passed a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley, California by defeating the soda industry. Today, that local tax is funding the school district’s groundbreaking cooking, gardening, and nutrition programs and funding grants to address health disparities.
February 11 Grassroots Change Newsletter
February 11, 2016
“It’s very easy to be cynical about politics. I’m cynical as well. But seeing policies being guided by a grassroots movement, with people who wanted to make this happen at all levels in power in the city, was inspiring.” – Sara Soka
Sara Soka was the Campaign Manager for the Berkeley vs. Big Soda campaign. In part 1 of her Grassroots Change interview, Sara shares the story of Berkeley’s successful movement and key lessons for both nutrition advocates and other grassroots health and safety movements. Read part 1 of Sara’s interview with Grassroots Change.