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 …

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 …

December 6, 2016

Inspired by Health Equity On November 8, 2016, voters in four US cities approved soda taxes – San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, and Boulder, Colorado. These communities joined Berkeley, whose voters approved a tax in 2014, and Philadelphia (in June 2016). Cook County, Illinois (including Chicago) followed, on November …

November 2, 2016

by Ellie Gertler, Program & Communications Associate, Grassroots Change Grassroots Change welcomes Ellie Gertler, our new Program & Communications Associate. As a junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013, Ellie planned and led a project to build a community garden at the San Luis Obispo County Jail that …