Advocacy, simply put, is speaking out on behalf of something or someone you care about. Being passionate and out loud about a cause. Supporting or petitioning for the rights of others. Whether you realize it or not – it’s what we as changemakers do every day. We advocate for our communities, for fairness, for justice, for a better environment – in short, for a healthier and more equitable future where all can thrive. And we want our advocacy to resonate with public officials, who can put the policies in place to bring the changes we seek to fruition.
The recent and massive successes achieved for civil society weren’t the result of happenstance. They were due to compelling and impactful advocacy – which was the focus of our May 11 Upswell Pop-Up, You Can’t Change Systems Without Advocacy. We explored the mechanics of advocacy – what we can take from the twin crises of the pandemic and racial injustice to strengthen our advocacy efforts, and how we must work collectively to build the better nation we all want.