Why Advocate?

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Why Advocate?
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Why Advocate? 

Citizen engagement, or advocacy, is the foundation of our society an system of governance.

The fragile nature of our form of government and society is often under-appreciated. It is the intent of these web pages that you will recommit to ensuring justice for yourself and to the concepts of social justice for others so that we all may pursue life, liberty and happiness. You play an important part in sustaining the documents and social constructs that define the government and commercial dynamics of the United States. The individual citizen, working alone and collectively, is responsible for keeping our unique form of participatory government alive and well. We must all remember the dangers inherent in individual complacency to our role.  Political action and advocacy are not areas of public policy that receive a great deal of rigorous analysis. The tools and resources provided here reflect those included in most other advocacy Web sites.

America is a unique amalgamation of democracy and free-market capitalism. Our combination of governing and market philosophies is reflected in the value we as a society place on these philosophies and the documents and constructs that express them. The Declaration of Independence establishes our nation as an independent entity that eventually was called the United States of America. The statements in our Declaration echo the thoughts of philosophers from centuries and millennia prior to the American colonies seeking independence from Great Britain. It was through the writing of the Declaration of Independence that the dreams of these philosophers came true.

The United States Constitution establishes our form of representative democracy. Our Constitution addresses the need to govern the individual as well as the entire nation. The three branches of our federal government, the legislative, executive, and judiciary, are a clear indication that there was a tension between the needs of the individual and the needs of society as a whole, or a nation. This tension is recognized and addressed through the Constitution’s establishment of a bicameral legislative structure. The House of Representatives is just that, a legislative body representing the needs of the individuals, by creating local legislative districts within states. The Senate would represent the larger interest of a state. The executive branch would administer the intent of Congress through federal agencies and rulemaking. It would also represent the interest of the nation as a whole. The judicial branch was established to protect the rights of individuals established in the Constitution’s amendments, including its first ten, the Bill of Rights.

Advocacy works

As mentioned earlier: “Political action and advocacy are not areas of public policy that receive a great deal of rigorous analysis.”

Some recent evaluation includes:

AACP members are engaged in advocacy that works, as reflected in these examples:

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