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ADVOCATE

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HOW TO BE AN ADVOCATE

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WHAT IS GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY?

GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY RELATED TOPICS

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ADVOCATE




1. one that pleads the cause of another;
specifically : one that pleads the cause of another
before a tribunal or judicial court

2. one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal

3. one that supports or promotes the interests of another



Advocate
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advocate



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ADVOCACY




Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group which aims to
influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political,
economic, and social systems and institutions. Advocacy can include many
activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns,
public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or polls or the filing
of an amicus brief. Lobbying (often by lobby groups) is a form of advocacy
where a direct approach is made to legislators on an issue which plays a
significant role in modern politics. Research is beginning to explore how
advocacy groups use social media to facilitate civic engagement and collective
action.




Forms of advocacy


There are several forms of advocacy, which each represent a different approach
in the way change is brought into society. One of the most popular forms is
social justice advocacy.


Although it is true, the initial definition does not encompass the notions of
power relations, people’s participation and a vision of a just society as promoted
by social justice advocates. For them, advocacy represents the series of actions
taken and issues highlighted to change the “what is” into a “what should be”,
considering that this “what should be” is a more decent and a more just society.

Those actions, which vary with the political, economic and social environment in
which they are conducted, have several points in common.



They:


Question the way policy is administered

Participate in the agenda setting as they raise significant issues

Target political systems “because those systems are not responding to people’s needs”

Are inclusive and engaging

Propose policy solutions

Open up space for public argumentation.




Some of the other forms of advocacy include:


Budget advocacy:

Budget advocacy is another aspect of advocacy that ensures proactive engagement of
Civil Society Organizations with the government budget to make the government more
accountable to the people and promote transparency. Budget advocacy also enables
citizens and social action groups to compel the government to be more alert to the
needs and aspirations of people in general and the deprived sections of the community.



Bureaucratic advocacy:

people considered “experts” have more chance to succeed at presenting their issues
to decision-makers. They use bureaucratic advocacy to influence the agenda, however
at a slower pace.



Express versus issue advocacy:

these two types of advocacy when grouped together usually refers to a debate in the
United States whether a group is expressly making their desire known that voters
should cast ballots in a particular way, or whether a group has a long term issue
that isn't campaign and election season specific.



Health advocacy:

Health advocacy supports and promotes patient's health care rights as well as enhance
community health and policy initiatives that focus on the availability, safety and
quality of care.



Ideological advocacy:

in this approach, groups fight, sometimes during protests, to advance their ideas in
the decision-making circles.



Interest-group advocacy:

lobbying is the main tool used by interests groups doing mass advocacy. It is a form
of action that does not always succeed at influencing political decision-makers as it
requires resources and organisation to be effective.



Legislative advocacy:

legislative advocacy is the “reliance on the state or federal legislative process” as
part of a strategy to create change.



Mass advocacy:

is any type of action taken by large groups (petitions, demonstrations, etc.)


Media advocacy:

is “the strategic use of the mass media as a resource to advance a social or public
policy initiative” (Jernigan and Wright, 1996.) In Canada for example, the Manitoba
Public Insurance campaigns illustrate how media advocacy was used to fight alcohol
and tobacco-related health issues. We can also consider the role of health advocacy
and the media in “the enactment of municipal smoking bylaws in Canada between 1970
and 1995.”




Different contexts in which advocacy is used:


In a legal/law context:

An 'advocate' is the title of a specific person who is authorized/appointed (in some way)
to speak on behalf of a person in a legal process. See advocate.



In a political context:

An 'advocacy group' is an organized collection of people who seek to influence political
decisions and policy, without seeking election to public office. See Advocacy group and
Lobbying.



In a social care context:

Both terms (and more specific ones such as 'independent advocacy') are used in the UK in
the context of a network of interconnected organisations and projects which seek to benefit
people who are in difficulty (primarily in the context of disability and mental health).


In the context of inclusion: Citizen Advocacy organisations (citizen advocacy programmes)
seek to cause benefit by reconnecting people who have become isolated. Their practice was
defined in two key documents: CAPE, and Learning from Citizen Advocacy Programs.



Advocacy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advocacy



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ADVOCACY
RELATED
TOPICS




Advocate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advocate

Advocacy Evaluation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advocacy_Evaluation

Budget advocacy
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Budget_advocacy&action=edit&redlink=1

Health advocacy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_advocacy

Issue advocacy versus express advocacy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issue_advocacy_ads

Lobbying
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbying

Public Library Advocacy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Library_Advocacy

Justice_for_Khojaly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_for_Khojaly

Networked advocacy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Networked_advocacy



Neighborhood association
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neighborhood_association




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COMMUNITY
ADVOCATES




Who are local community advocates and what role do they play in
community development?

Community advocates are important to urban neighborhood development.
These are the people who actually live in the community and have a
personal stake in the overall vitality of their community.

What is a community advocate and what role do they play in community
development?

For professionals working in urban neighborhood development this two-part
question is a relatively easy one to answer. Community advocates are those
individuals that have a vested interest in the development and redevelopment
of a neighborhood or community. They are willing to participate in block
clubs, neighborhood planning activities as well as religious and social
activities. The local community advocate is a resident living in the
neighborhood and is concerned about the health and welfare of his or her
community. These individuals are not only concerned, they are active. As
a matter of fact, some planning professionals call them community
activists.

Smart community-based corporations identify this role and budget for it
in grant applications. These committed individuals know their community.
They know the demographics of their community through interaction as
opposed to data mining and census reports. They often know where the
problems areas are and have a good understanding of the improvement
activities that are needed, especially if the community is a severely
distressed one. Community advocates represent a direct link into the
neighborhoods. They are generally respected by their neighborhood peers
and are willing to volunteer to serve on steering committees, action
committees, community-based planning teams, as well as other local boards,
commissions, or neighborhood improvement groups.



Community advocates
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/who_are_local_community_advocates_and_what_role_do_they_play_in_community_d



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HOW TO
BE
AN
ADVOCATE




We all have a passion or a cause that we care about. Being
an advocate for that cause is always the right thing to do.


Have your voice heard.

Help those who cannot help themselves.



Instructions


1. Decide on a topic you wish to advocate. Make this something
you are truly passionate about.

2. Research the topic you are passionate about. Advocacy starts
with knowledge. Learn everything you can to be well informed about
your cause.

3. Find other groups that advocate for the same things you do. Do
an online search for advocacy message boards or meet groups that
have the same passion as you. Join these groups and stay involved.
Having a support system is essential for an advocate.

4. Get your information out there. Arrange meetings, seminars and
rallies to help your cause. Involve the community by sending out
mailings, canvassing your area with fliers and handing out brochures
at your local hangouts or heavily trafficked areas. The more people
that know, the better turnout you will have.

5. Write letters to the newspaper, Congressmen and organizations in
your area to help support your cause. Both the websites for the U.S.
House of Representatives and the National Write Your Congressman have
ways to write in and have your voice heard.

6. Use bumper stickers, buttons, badges or window stickers to share
your views with passers-by. Advocacy requires support and these things
help get support. Websites like Customized Stickers and Logo-It have
ways to get customized information at an affordable price.



How to Be an Advocate
http://www.ehow.com/how_2070151_be-advocate.html#ixzz2OoFUywHn



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ADVOCATE
ADVOCACY
JOB
RELATED
TOPICS




Patient Advocate Job Description
http://www.ehow.com/about_5391267_patient-advocate-job-description.html

What Is the Job of a Children's Advocate?
http://www.ehow.com/about_6653553_job-children_s-advocate_.html

Health Advocate Job Description
http://www.ehow.com/about_6570854_health-advocate-job-description.html

Safe House & Family Advocacy Training
http://www.ehow.com/facts_7287360_safe-house-family-advocacy-training.html

What Is a Patient Advocate?
http://www.ehow.com/about_5394156_patient-advocate.html

Youth Advocate Jobs
http://www.ehow.com/info_8790662_youth-advocate-jobs.html

What Is the Job of a Children's Advocate?
http://www.ehow.com/about_6653553_job-children_s-advocate_.html

How to Become a Child Advocate Lawyer
http://www.ehow.com/how_5865725_become-child-advocate-lawyer.html

Patient Advocate Job Description
http://www.ehow.com/about_5391267_patient-advocate-job-description.html

Mental Health Advocate Job Description
http://www.ehow.com/about_6664230_mental-health-advocate-job-description.html

The Job Description of a Customer Advocate
http://www.ehow.com/info_8755188_job-description-customer-advocate.html

Job Description of a Victim's Advocate
http://www.ehow.com/about_6545005_job-description-victim_s-advocate.html

Job Description for a Mom
http://www.ehow.com/about_5366985_job-description-mom.html

Patient Advocate Description
http://www.ehow.com/about_5368772_patient-advocate-description.html

How to Find Patient Advocates
http://www.ehow.com/how_5748709_patient-advocates.html

What is the Job Description of a Victim Advocate?
http://www.ehow.com/about_6299662_job-description-victim-advocate_.html

Advocates to Help Parents in School Meetings
http://www.ehow.com/info_7988289_advocates-parents-school-meetings.html

Family Advocate Job Description
http://www.ehow.com/about_5494968_family-advocate-job-description.html#ixzz2OoBXqKMb



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WHAT IS
GRASSROOTS
ADVOCACY?




Grassroots advocacy is a form of advocacy which originates
among concerned citizens, rather than being orchestrated
by organizations or companies.

The idea behind the term “grassroots” is that it refers to
a movement which grows spontaneously and naturally, without
encouragement from outside sources, much like the roots of
stubborn grass. People can participate in grassroots advocacy
on many levels, ranging from writing letters to political
leaders to organizing educational workshops for members of
their community.

People come together in a grassroots advocacy movement when
they see an issue which they feel is not being resolved or
addressed appropriately by government officials and other
entities with the power to determine the response to the
issue.

This type of advocacy often involves some level of political
activity, with members of the movement interacting with
elected and appointed officials in the process of attempting
to draw attention to their cause. It can also involve community
activity and community education, such as attempts to get
members of a community to become more environmentally conscious.



What Is Grassroots Advocacy?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-grassroots-advocacy.htm



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GRASSROOTS
ADVOCACY
RELATED
TOPICS




What Is Grassroots Activism?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-grassroots-activism.htm

What Does a Community Organizer Do?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-a-community-organizer-do.htm

What Does a Social Entrepreneur Do?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-a-social-entrepreneur-do.htm

What Is Advocacy Advertising?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-advocacy-advertising.htm

How Do I Get Advocacy Training?
http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-get-advocacy-training.htm

What Are Some Social Problems?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-some-social-problems.htm

What Is Collective Responsibility?
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-collective-responsibility.htm



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COMMUNITY
ADVOCATE
ADVOCACY
LINKS




Advocacy & Policy Center
http://advocacy.collegeboard.org/

The Advocates' Society Communities
http://community.advocates.ca/welcome.htm

CIMS’ Grassroots Advocates Committee
http://motherfriendly.org/grassroots

Community Advocates
http://communityadvocates.net/

Community Advocates!
http://www.benefits.gov/advocates/community-advocates

Community Advocates The Arc of Kalamazoo
http://communityadvocates.org/

Community Advocates for Family & Youth (CAFY)
http://www.cafyonline.org/cafyweb/

Comparing Community-Based and System-Based Advocates
http://www.csom.org/train/victim/3/material/Section%203%20Handout%20-%20Comparing%20Advocates.pdf

Grassroots Advocacy
http://www.socialworkers.org/advocacy/grassroots/default.asp

Grassroots Advocacy Network
http://www.nchh.org/Policy/GrassrootsAdvocacyNetwork.aspx

Grassroots Advocacy Training Exchange (GATE)
http://www.grassroots-advocacy.com/

Grassroots Collaborative
http://thegrassrootscollaborative.org/

How to be an effective Community Advocate
http://blackdisability.org/community-advocate

How to Become a Community Advocate
http://www.stepbystep.com/how-to-become-a-community-advocate-33749/

International Community Advocates ICA
http://internationalcommunityadvocates.com/

National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. NACHC
http://www.nachc.org/

Neighborhood Advocates
http://www.neighborhoodadvocates.com/

The National Neighborhood Coalition
http://www.neighborhoodcoalition.org/

Public Affairs World
http://www.publicaffairsworld.com

Social Work Degrees
http://www.socialworkdegrees.org/

What is a "Community Advocate?"
http://www.vloggerheads.com/profiles/blogs/what-is-a-community-advocate

What is a Victim Advocate?
http://www.victimsofcrime.org/help-for-crime-victims/get-help-bulletins-for-crime-victims/what-is-a-victim-advocate-



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