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“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
— Frederick Douglass

How can public health advocates overcome the resistance, opposition and even hostility that we often face from powerful established interests in our community? At the Center we aim to answer this question through the technical assistance, trainings, and resources we offer.

A successful campaign effort to overcome this opposition builds on a foundation of personal relationships with basic organizing skills including campaign planning, policy & political research, public speaking, volunteer recruitment and coalition building. At the Center we believe that all of these skills can be learned and taught.

The tobacco control movement has succeeded in passing hundreds of local tobacco control policies by learning how to bring people together to advocate for their own communities. The tools we offer below will teach you the skills you need to bring community residents together to create one voice for change and to generate support from policy makers for public health protections in your community.

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