September 10, 2019

Single-use plastics have created a major threat to the environment. As in the case of the other issues tracked in the Grassroots Change Preemption Map, much of the recent success in regulating or banning plastic bags and other “auxiliary containers” has come at the local level. In response, the plastics industry, …

August 6, 2019

In the 1970s and 80s, the gun lobby faced the threat of an effective national movement to prevent gun violence. To stop that grassroots movement, the NRA borrowed a page from the tobacco industry’s playbook and promoted state preemption of local gun laws. They succeeded in 43 states, but in the handful of states that …

July 25, 2019

M, Zellers L, Sullivan PA; Pomeranz JL, Pertschuk M.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. March/April 2019;25:101–103. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000956. This 4-part model provides a framework for strategies that have been used effectively by public health advocates, most notably in the tobacco control arena, who have countered and even repealed state …

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 …

October 15, 2019

Colorado   Florida   Missouri   Ohio   Oklahoma   Oregon   Texas   Wyoming National Opinion Jim Fossel: Democrats push top-down reform CentralMaine.com, 9/29/2019 Leading contenders for the presidency are calling for national projects that would interfere with state and local prerogatives. One of the great features of our constitutional democracy — one that was thoroughly …