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initiatives. - Over 600 local policies have been passed to regulate the tobacco industry. Local coalitions have taken the lead by writing ordinances that address local
problems and organizing broad support for them. - Nearly 100 gun control and violence prevention policies have been enacted since 1991. - Milwaukee, Boston, and
Oakland are among the cities that have passed living wage ordinances: local laws that guarantee higher than minimum wages for workers, usually set as the minimum
needed to keep a family of four above poverty. These are just a few of the examples that demonstrate how organizing for local policy advocacy has made inroads in
areas where positive national policy had been stalled by conservatives. Increasingly, the local policy arena is where the action is and where activists are finding success.
Of course, corporate interests-which are usually the target of these policies-are gearing up in defense. Tactics include front groups, economic pressure,...
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