To me advocacy is to give a voice to a cause or problem. As an advocate, one is a supporter, proponent, and crusader for a cause they believe in.
For me, advocacy is about justice and equality not just for myself but as a way to speak for others who may not have a voice of their own, or to help a cause be heard so that there are more people making it known.
Protests and Movements that come to mind
- civil rights movements
- anti-war movements (1960s)
- movements like the women’s march
- protests regarding Trump’s stand on immigration
Movement that interests me
A cause that I personally would be interested in becoming involved in would be the protest against the rising cost of college tuition, especially for the middle class where aid is often not available as it is in lower income homes
but money is not as expendable as it may be in higher income homes. As I can personally attest, this problem leads to a lessening of family retirement income, limited choice of education options, or a resulting large debt at the end of one’s college education.
A problem with this protest will likely be the argument that there are only limited federal and private funds available for aid and those must go to the lowest income levels. The solution lies more in the cost the colleges are charging for the education than is finding additional funds to award potential students. Affordable college benefits not only the families of current students but is essential to the future success of our country.