at the grass roots

at the grass roots

In reference to the ordinary people in a group, as opposed to the leaders. Why shouldn't ordinary people take action? Our society has a history of bringing about major changes by starting at the grass roots.
See also: grass, root

at the grass roots

at the level of the ordinary voter; among the rank and file of a political party.
See also: grass, root
References in classic literature ?
At the base of the "V," by the water's edge, he had found the gold colors at the grass roots.
Liberal Democrats chairman Mark Oaten said: "These figures give the lie to talk of a Conservative revival at the grass roots level.
On the other hand, I do not see enough going on at the grass roots level to convince me that things will be changing very much, very fast, very soon.
This is an overall framework for rebuilding the labor movement at the grass roots,'' said Marylin Sneiderman, director of the AFL-CIO's field organizing department.