Advocacy means a great deal to me. Personally, the word itself represents fighting for a meaningful cause. More specifically, I think about confronting injustice or corruption, especially in the public eye. Peaceful, yet persistent protests, voting for politicians who support a cause, strikes, boycotts, and any other method of peacefully promoting a meaningful cause comes to mind concerning advocacy. I think about people spending their valuable time, energy, and in some cases, money, on a cause that they truly care about, regardless of whether it impacts them, their children, or grandchildren.
In terms of actual movements, several come to mind. The first movement that I think of would be The Civil Rights Movement. In this movement, millions stood up for a cause that would ultimately impact generation after generation. Given recent events, one could argue that this movement is still happening. Either way, it set a great precedent for future progressive movements which advocate for a wide variety of different causes. Another movement that comes to mind would be for animal rights. I wouldn’t consider this movement to be as visible as The Civil Rights Movement, but it is one that many have incorporated into their daily lives by choosing to eliminate animal products from their diets, as well by adopting pets from shelters rather than from breeders.
A movement that greatly interests me would be reforming the criminal justice system. While this doesn’t necessarily directly impact me as a college student, myself and other students would certainly be benefitted in some ways in addition to those whom it benefits directly. In order to reform the criminal justice system, many other reforms need to take place including voting reform, educational reform, prison reform, and drug reform. The complexity of this issue could make this topic challenging to cover, but as a college student, this issue is of great importance as a large part of our education involves improving society for everyone. Additionally, exploring this movement, and any movement for that matter, can increase awareness of both sides of an argument, leading to a better understanding of different issues and more willingness to accept those with differing opinions.