February 15, 2019

Local soda taxes are policies that work to promote healthy people and communities, and the national grassroots soda tax movement is growing quickly. When sugar sweetened beverages are taxed, people consume less, and the revenue from a local tax is typically used for civic good, including public health, economic development, and education.

Learn about inspiring a local movement, managing volunteers, navigating local politics, responding to legal challenges, and more from the Grassroots Change Soda Tax case study.

June 24, 2014

The grassroots movement for smokefree airline flights is a model for creating deep cultural change on a national (and international) scale. See how grassroots advocates passed the only federal tobacco legislation that was neither supported by nor negotiated with the tobacco industry… and permanently changed society in the process.

The lessons from the Airline Smoking Ban can help build effective movements to address other public health issues. Learn about the key benefits and building blocks of a successful public health movement: Power, Strategy, Leadership, Media, and Patience.

September 28, 2013

Although building codes require fire sprinklers in apartment buildings and factories, residential fires still account for 85% of fire deaths in the United States. The majority of one- and two-family homes lack fire sprinklers. Since 1978, however, a grassroots movement has promoted the passage of more than 360 local ordinances mandating sprinklers in all new home construction. The passage of state preemption of local authority in this case follows an historic pattern in which impacted industries use preemption as a tool to undermine grassroots public health and safety policy campaigns.

The findings about both the power of grassroots movement building and preserving local authority offer valuable lessons for those working on other public health and safety issues.