How Does Advocacy Work?

Advocacy does make a difference 

Effective advocacy enables us to get our message across, to enlist allies to work and build momentum for change, to improve services and policies at many levels, to hold ourselves and others accountable for actions take that affect in greatest need, and ultimately, to improve conditions and lives of the poor. 

Advocacy helps policymakers

Advocacy helps elected officials make better and more informed decisionsand to eliminate harmful policies. Policy makers want to hear from you. The better policy makers know their constituents the better they are able to represent the voters which helped get them elected in the first place. Remaining responsive to community needs is important to remaining in office.  

How does Catholic Charities advocate?

Catholic Charities works in partnership with local and national organizations such as Catholic Charities USA, Texas Catholic Conference, Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston Office of Peace and Justice, the Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute at the University of St. Thomas and many others. View a list of collaborating organizations.

Activities include establishing and supporting a network of ministers in parishes and religious communities committed to advocating for social justice and human needs.
 
Parishioners may engage in non-partisan efforts to create or change state and federal legislation to reflect just and compassionate social policies.

Who else advocates? 

Advocacy takes place on multiple levels. Professional lobbyists advocate for special legislation, nonprofits advocate for their clients and legislation that affects them, and individual citizens advocate for community needs and causes.

Learn more about the issues and Catholic Charities' advocacy agenda.

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