This week, the Seattle City Council begins hearings on legislation that would create a new tax on sugary drinks to increase funding for education, early learning and public health programs in the city. This proposal is projected to reduce unhealthy sugary drink consumption while increasing consumption of healthier alternatives. Additionally, the proposal will increase funding for vital education, early learning, and healthy food access programs. This is a great chance for our city to demonstrate that our communities’ future is more important to us than soda industry profits.
We would like to formally invite you to our campaign kickoff in support of the upcoming sugary drinks ordinance on Wednesday, May 3. We need everyone we can to come out for the first City Council hearing to show their support. Our plan is to meet at the American Heart Association offices at 710 2nd Ave #900 at 8:15 am for our first campaign event and press conference. After hearing from community leaders, doctors, and educators, we will be walking as a group to City Council Chambers to show the council that the public is behind this ordinance at their first public hearing.
If you have any questions reach out to Ryan Murphy, Save the Children Action Network Washington State Mobilization Manager at (928) 925-1204.