Full Circle 12/1/17: Oakland’s Sugar Freedom Project


On tonight’s show, we will hear from folks who are at the frontlines of Oakland’s new soda tax, making sure that it addresses the epidemic of diabetes and other health impacts from too much sugar in our diets, and the racial dimension of this issue.

Tonight, we will …

  • Hear from key leaders from the Sugar Freedom Project, who have gone door-to-door in East Oakland involving the community in setting priorities for this new fee on the soda industry.
  • We will also hear other community and policy advocates from the Oakland Food Policy Council, the East Oakland Collective, and Roots Community Health Clinic weigh in on this issue.
  • Finally, we have the chair of the newly-created Soda Tax Advisory Board in Oakland, which will make recommendations on how to spend up to $10 million for each of the next 10 years.

All that tonight on Full Circle.



WWW.SUGARFREEDOMPROJECTOakland’s Soda Tax and the Sweet Taste of Equity (report)

East Oakland Collective

Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA)

Oakland Food Policy Council

Roots Community Health Clinic


Excerpt from Black Man’s Lament (or How Sugar is Made).  Amelia Opie (English abolitionist, 1842)

When Mr. Sugar Comes to Town / La Visita del Sr. Azucar.  Adapted by / adaptado por Harriet Rohmer & Cruz Gomez.  (Children’s Book Press).

Yes, the ice cream truck was playing Turkey in the Straw.

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First Voice Apprenticeship is an apprenticeship program at KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley and is designed to provide comprehensive broadcast, technical, and administrative skills training in radio. First Voice also aims to build and strengthen community and empower our participants to find their voice and tell their stories. The First Voice program is based on community building, a collaborative work environment and passing on our skills and stories. We focus on bringing women and people of color into media and work in partnership with Pacifica community radio station KPFA and other community media outlets, both locally and nationally. The First Voice Apprenticeship Program is currently 18 months. Everyone is required to spend one business day each week working at KPFA, as well as two class nights. The dayshift is a three hour shift and apprentices do administrative and production tasks. The dayshift runs on an intergenerational group learning model, with each phase teaching the next, and integrates service to the station, skills acquired in classes, motivation and leadership.
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