“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
Advocacy – a voice for the voiceless
Advocacy is a complicated word for an activity that is at the heart of ICUC and Second Chance Alliance.
I feel the marks of our mission is to – seek to transform the unjust structures of the world. It is speaking out about the injustices we see around us and giving a voice to the voiceless: those people who are at the receiving end of those unjust structures, but who are powerless and unable to change their situation. Churches often talk of this as the ‘prophetic voice’. The issue is how do we make sure that our voice is heard, and what we ask for.
Many of us act as advocates every day without thinking about it:we take friends or relatives to hospital and advocate for the kind of treatment they want when they’re too sick to speak
for themselves, we speak to a school about a family we know that is in hardship so their children can get support, or we go to an resource center or local authority to get food or other supplies for people whose homes have been flooded. Working through the Alliance we can scale up our role as advocates, co-ordinate it and make it more effective.
Last night’s event that advocated and prayed and shared hope that Governor Jerry Brown would hear our voices was one of great unity and passion. We met at 7:00 pm. at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Shrine, 2858 9th Street, Riverside..I feel our advocacy has been very effective, ICUC left prayed up and focused for the big task that awaits in Sacramento. We all want to change local decisions, that aren’t justice based, that means being heard by the local authorities, if we want to change public opinion, we need to reach the wider community, sometimes via the media.
“Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.”
― Bob Marley, Bob Marley – Legend