June 28, 2021

Guns & Ammo (and Democracy) While preemption is not a simple concept, it is nonetheless an existential threat to progress across public health and social justice issues. Together, the hundreds of preemption bills introduced or adopted in 2020 and 2021 pose a grave threat to democracy at the local, state, and national …

March 7, 2021

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Assembly-member Nazarian Moves to Stop Soda Industry’s “Extortion” of CA Lawmakers and Bring New Revenue and Health Equity to CA Cities YubaNet.com, 2/18/2021 California cities and counties want their rights back…because, as the saying goes, they’re not done using them.  In this case, that means repealing preemption to restore the …

January 4, 2021

VIDEO: Webinar, November 18, 2020 Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund & Oregon Community Rights Network Lindsey Schromen Wawrin (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) Mark Pertschuk (Grassroots Change & the Preemption Watch project) Tim Gibbons (Missouri Rural Crisis Center)  

October 13, 2019

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 …