How I landed & lost a columnist gig, fought a prison, and got elected
by Jewel Allen
Pub Date 11 Oct 2016
What pushes a community to rise up and say enough is enough?
For the one-stoplight
city of Grantsville, Utah, the prospect of a water-hogging state prison
relocating into town galvanizes its residents into action. Former columnist
Jewel Allen can’t opine this threat away. This is the real deal.
with her media know-how, Jewel helps her neighbors wage a creative grassroots
campaign of horseback protests, town halls, food truck rallies, and news
appearances – anything to rebuff the
prison. But with their county’s reputation of accepting unwanted industries,
they face an uphill battle. Against other citizens who say it’s pointless to
fight. Against powerful legislators backed by the Speaker of the House. And
against the state’s million-dollar public relations showdown before the
legislature casts its irrevocable vote.
its subject and universal in its lessons, Soapbox
is an inspiring case study of how regular citizens can develop and magnify
their voices to mobilize change. Includes bonus sections: “How to run a winning
grassroots campaign” and “A guide to political campaigning.”