Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
alcohol policy, environmental prevention, racial minorities, community activism, urban populations, grassroots organizing
Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Politics and Social Change | Social Work
This study explored strategies employed by activists engaged in efforts to change policies and laws related to selling and promoting alcoholic beverages based on in-depth interviews with 184 social activists in seven U.S. major cities. Nine strategies aimed at improving local conditions and influencing policy were described by activists across regional contexts. Grassroots mobilization was central to all other strategies, which included the creation or enforcement of laws, meeting with elected officials, media advocacy, working with police/law enforcement, education and training, direct action, changing community norms, and negotiating with store owners.
Laurie Drabble and Denise Herd. "Strategies Employed by Inner-City Activists to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems and Advance Social Justice" Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse (2014): 362-384. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332640.2014.958637