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CLASS ADVOCACY

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Advocacy can be defined as “purposive efforts that attempt to impact a specific decision, law, policy, or practice on behalf of a client or a group of clients”(Ezell 1994).

Class advocacy involves working on behalf of groups of clients and communities who have similar needs.  Advocates work to promote social change and social justice, by fighting for changes in unjust laws or practices. 
Activities can include:

  • Lobbying to change or improve local, state, federal legislation and regulations
  • Education
  • Research
  • Utilizing the media
  • Grassroots/community organizing
  • Supporting political candidates who are working for a particular issue
  • Outreach through community canvassing, phonebanking
  • Collaboration with other groups working on same issues
  • Demonstrations/protests/rallies

Alinsky's elements of a community
organizer/activist:

 

Curiosity
Irreverence
Imagination
A sense of humor
A bitted of a blurred vision of a better world
An organized personality
A free and open mind


From "Rules for Radicals"

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(Picture from www.chicagotribute.org)

References:
 
Alinksy, Saul.  "Rules for Radicals."  February 1972. 
 
Children's Council of San Francisco.  2005 Retrieved from

www.childrenscouncil.org/index.aspx

 
Ezell, Mark.  "Advocacy Practice of Social Workers."  Families in Society. January 1994.
 
Free A Child.  2005.  Retrieved from www.freeachild.org
 

Kirst-Ashman, K.K., & Hull, Jr., G.H. (2000). Understanding generalist perspective (3rd ed.) . Pacific Grove, CA:  Brooks/Cole

 

Mcnutt, John G.  "New Horizons in Social Work Advocacy."  Journal of social work. v.1 #1 February 2002
 
UNICEF.  2005.  Retrieved from www.unicef.org/index.html
 
Valocchi, Stephen.  A Way of Thinking about the History of Community Organizing.  Retrieved from www.trincoll.edu/depts/tcn/valocchi.htm 
 
Voices for America's Children.  "2004 Voices Network Policy and Advocacy Priorities."  September 2004.  Retrieved from

www.voicesforamericaschildren.org