Advocacy

What is Advocacy?

Catholics are encouraged to use advocacy as a tool for changing existing unjust policies and creating new policies that benefit the common good.

 

When an unjust policy or system is changed because of our advocacy efforts, millions of people win.

 

WHAT

Advocacy involves supporting a cause, policy or proposal which attempts to resolve a problem.

WHO

Advocacy encompasses the education of citizens and policy makers, so they can become involved in developing and promoting policies they care about.

WHY

Advocacy is one of the most effective ways to ease human suffering.

Why Participate in Democracy?

As Catholics and constituents, we have the privilege and responsibility of building relationships with those who represent us in governmentAs we build these relationships, we can share what we have experienced, observed or learned and challenge our representatives to create or support legislation that will represent more equitable conditions for all.   

“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.”

Pope Francis, Morning meditation on Monday 16 September 2013 Tweet

voter voice

Voter Voice is one tool we use to promote Advocacy. JPIC staff watch the legislation going on at the state and federal levels, looking specifically for legislation pertaining to women, children, and those on the margins. When they see legislation that is presented, they research it thoroughly and prepare what is called an “Action Alert.”