‘Soda tax’ rally Oct. 29 at local church

Measure N is the hottest political battle in Richmond in a long time.

It’s brought in millions in campaign funds and inflamed passions, all over a penny-per-ounce tax on businesses that sell sugar-sweetened beverages.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 the pro-Measure N forces will host a Town Hall meeting at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond.

The meeting invocation will be given by local civil rights leader Rev. Phillip Lawson. Noted author and public policy scholar Dr. Maya Rockeymoore will deliver the keynote address titled, “When Breaking up is Hard To Do: The Link Between Sugary Drinks and African American Health Disparities.”

Councilman Jeff Ritterman, a retired cardiologist, will speak on a panel that will also include Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.

Measure N has garnered national attention as its supporters hope Richmond will become the first city in the nation to tax sugary drinks as a public health initiative.

Local food advocate Doria Robinson and Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles are also expected to speak.

Robert Rogers