Weekend advocacy: The People vs. Big Soda
I’ve just received a copy of Larry Tramutola’s The People VS Big Soda: Strategies for Winning Soda Tax Elections.
Larry was involved in the successful Berkeley soda tax initiative, and this is his account of how they won an election wtih an astonishing plurality of 76%. I consider this initiative to be a model of how to do food advocacy, and it’s great to have this practical guide to the details of starting a campaign like this or, for that matter, any other food campaign.
He covers such matters as:
- Coalition building
- Dealing with industry arguments
- Framing the issue
- Recruiting volunteers
- Winning despite limited financial resources
- Building power, step by step
- Staying with it no matter what happens
These are important lessons for anyone involved in food advocacy.
I can’t find anything about this booklet online, which means that if you want one, you must contact him at: