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 …

March 2, 2017

The Grassroots Change Preemption Map now covers two new issues: LGBTQ Discrimination & Residential Fire Sprinklers. Our original six issues have all been updated with new preemption laws from the 2016 legislative sessions. Discrimination: Three states preempt local LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws (A fourth preemptive law, in Mississippi, was overturned and is on …

October 23, 2017

CNBC, JoEllen Chernow, October 20, 2017- At the beginning of this year, around 4.4 million workers across America received modest raises as cities and states enacted new laws aimed at giving hourly workers living wages. The country’s lowest-paid workers saw increases in their paychecks in 19 states, with the highest new minimum wages this …

October 23, 2017

Tampa Bay Business Journal, Janelle Irwin, October 20, 2017- Local governments throughout Florida are once again facing statewide preemption efforts to cede local control to the Florida Legislature after thwarting many efforts earlier this year. Rep. Jake Raburn (R-Lithia) again filed a bill that would block cities and counties from …

October 20, 2017

USA Today, Susan Miller, October 19, 2017- While a barrage of anti-LGBT bills in state legislatures made headlines in 2017, U.S. cities were quietly notching victories in the battle for equal rights. A record 68 cities earned perfect scores for advancing LGBT inclusive policies and practices this year, according to a …