Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Most Powerful Advocacy Tool

There are several tools that, as advocates and activists, we use to be effective in our work. Most of us tend to use what I refer to as the “nice” tools –- letter writing, meetings, action alerts and –- quite often –- policymaking, which is crafting public policy or legislation to address or resolve an issue.In fact, in the disability advocacy world, policymaking is a favorite tool, as it is considered “safe." It is used almost exclusively by the large “mainstream” disability organizations. Some even offer training on policymaking for their employees and other disability rights advocates.Advocacy and policy training are great and necessary but there is a tool in the toolbox glaring all in the face, yet the advocacy and policy types don’t want to discuss or utilize it -- it’s called direct action.

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