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A Citizen's Guide to Grassroots Campaigns


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“Jan’s book shows the vitality of the civil society in both cities and suburbs in New Jersey. It is the first book to demonstrate the strength of the civil society in both cities and suburbs in our state. Civic leaders in cities and suburbs should read the book to find plenty of insights and solid organizing advice to help them to mobilize their communities for change.”—Ira Resnick, Neighborhood Leadership Initiative Community Foundation of New Jersey

Civic movements are essential to Americans’ freedom and quality of life. Active citizens have led the way from the American Revolution to urban renewal. But fiery emotions and good intentions without skillful organization can lead to frustrated civic involvement. How can individual concerns be transformed into effective community action?Jan Barry provides a pragmatic, common-sense handbook to civic action. Using case studies from his home state of New Jersey, Barry has crafted what he calls a “guidebook for creative improvement on the American dream.” He dissects civic actions such as environmental campaigns, mutual-help groups, neighborhood improvement projects, and a grassroots peace mission to Russia. Looking for patterns to explain successes and failures, Barry includes his own experiences as a Vietnam veteran peace activist to inspire and coach fledgling activists. The result is a wealth of practical, non-partisan information on membership recruitment, organizational skills, public speaking, lobbying, publicity, conflict resolution, and more. Rising above any particular political, social, or religious beliefs, Barry shows would-be activists how to confront one enduring truth —“Democracy is a lot harder to do  than it is to talk about or fight over.”


Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-210) and index.

About the Author

JAN BARRY is a journalist for the Bergen Record.

Product Details

Barry, Jan
Rutgers University Press
New Brunswick, NJ :
Practical Politics
U.S. Government
Political participation
Political activists
Political Process - General
Government - U.S. Government
Political activists - New Jersey
Political participation - New Jersey
Public Policy
Politics - General
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Trade Paper
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no. 4
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8.5 x 5.5 in 0.81 lb

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