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 …

December 20, 2016

Local Politics Grassroots movements must work with the people key to influencing, changing, and implementing policies: elected officials, business owners, neighborhood and school advocates, and other leaders. This second installment in the Grassroots Change Case Study: Lessons from the Boulder Soda Tax Victory features Angelique Espinoza, the campaign manager for …

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 …