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.

August 1, 2016

On November 4, 2014, the people of Denton, Texas voted to ban fracking in their community. The ballot measure was a hard-fought victory for environmental justice and local democracy. Defeated by a grassroots movement, the oil & gas industry responded by undermining the will of the people with statewide preemption.

Today, activists in Denton across the state continue to fight for local control through civil disobedience and advocacy. See our interactive case study on Denton’s grassroots movement and the ongoing battle against preemption.

December 1, 2015

Since 2006, 26 cities and states have passed paid sick days protections for workers. In 2011, a strong coalition of grassroots leaders, workers, businesses, and policy makers in Seattle leveraged research, media advocacy, and education to overcome powerful opponents from outside the community.

Seattle’s grassroots movement is a model for grassroots leaders working across public health and civil rights issues, including workers’ health and safety. See our interactive timeline to learn more.

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.