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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is an action taken by individuals, groups, or organizations to defend, support, or protect others. Generally, advocacy is standing with or standing for a person or group that is disadvantaged or denied justice in society. In the effort to bring about justice, advocacy may include education, affecting public policy, joining coalitions, and participating in nonviolent direct actions. Effective advocacy enables and supports individuals and groups working to correct the injustices or abuses to which they are subjected.

Constituent-to-elected official is the most effective form of advocacy:  This section highlights some tips to allow you to communicate effectively with your elected officials.

Communicating with Congress
The Legislative Process
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