What Is Public Policy Advocacy?
Public policy is the way we govern our communities through laws and administrative rules. Public Policy Advocacy is a way of loving our neighbors as ourselves by helping shape public policy in ways that will affect their lives for the better.
What Is An Advocate?
An Advocate is anyone who cares enough about the good of his or her community and its members to speak up on their behalf. An advocate does not have to be an “expert” or a “political activist,” only someone who takes seriously the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. An advocate learns about issues affecting the community and expresses his or her views and concerns to the appropriate policy makers, building relationships with them through regular contact.
Why Should I Be An Advocate?
Being an advocate means being:
- A good steward of the gift of citizenship in a democracy;
- A faithful witness to God’s will for a just, peaceful, and healthy world;
- A loving neighbor to those whose lives are impacted by public policies – especially the most vulnerable among us.
How Can I Be a Public Witness Advocate?
The Council publication, Public Policy Advocacy Guide, provides information on developing skills as a public policy advocate, contacting legislators, attending public hearings and other strategies. This 4 page document can be downloaded or printed from PDF format.
Useful Resources for Advocacy:
See the Wisconsin Council of Churches Advocacy Resources webpage.