7 Ways You Can Advocate for a Better World Today
7 Ways You Can Advocate for a Better World Today
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
These powerful words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 still ring true today when thousands descend on Washington, D.C. for reform and social movements spark international attention. But you don’t have to be in the nation’s capital or a social media whiz to make a difference. In fact, the small actions we take from home are what ignite lasting change.
U.S. policy reform is at the heart of our work to foster strong, resilient communities and empower women and girls — but we can’t do it alone. Your voice can create a world of change for those living in poverty, like when CARE Action advocates wrote letters and placed phone calls to protect lifesaving foreign assistance funding from cuts in 2018.
Here are seven ways you can advocate for change right now:
1. Add Your Name
Whether you care about protecting women worldwide from workplace harassment or safeguarding humanitarian assistance in Yemen, sending a letter to your member of Congress takes just 30 seconds. And it gets results. A whopping 176,000 advocates demanded protections for foreign assistance funding — and won! When you sign one of our petitions, your message is sent directly to your representative’s inbox, bringing global poverty issues to their attention and demanding action on Capitol Hill. No matter where you are, you can speak up right now for women and girls in emergencies, foreign assistance funding, and the global hunger crisis. So, add your name and create lasting change for a better world.
2. Meet with Your Member of Congress
Face-to-face meetings with your representative provide one of the best opportunities to express your opinion and discuss why global poverty issues matter to you. Though it may not seem like it, members of Congress are very interested in hearing what their constituents care about — and how they can relay that message to Capitol Hill. One of our four Regional Advocacy Coordinators, positioned across the U.S., can help connect you with the appropriate staffer and prepare talking points with you for a successful in-district meeting. Learn more about in-district meetings here.
3. Join the Conversation Online
Are you on social media? Us too! Follow and like CARE Action on Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned in on the state of the 2018 elections, the Syria crisis, and our work protecting women and girls. We’ve witnessed the power of these platforms to galvanize a moment and influence public discourse on today’s greatest challenges. And don’t forget to tag your friends to join you! Check out some social media tips here.
4. Visit Us in D.C.
Every year, people from all political parties come together in Washington, D.C. to learn about global issues, like U.S. foreign assistance and violence against women, at the CARE National Conference. It’s THE PLACE to meet with your member of Congress, strengthen our roles as citizen advocates, and create positive change for women and girls globally. Each year we end on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress in their offices and fight for policy reform. Visit careconference.org to register for the 2019 CARE National Conference this June 9-11, 2019.
5. Stay Connected
The best way to stay in-the-know about what we're working on - and how you can help - is by joining our email list. We'll send you exclusive news, stories, and opportunities to take action directly to your inbox. It's that easy! Make sure you never miss out by joining our email list at careaction.org/joinus.
6. Attend An Event
To see real change happen, we must show up for women and girls. That means attending panels, discussions, meet-ups and other events in your area whenever you can. Our RACs are always eager to connect advocates with members of their community and local changemakers to make global progress for the most marginalized people. Build a delegation of CARE supporters in your district or state and see how much your collective voice can accomplish. Get to know your RAC today to reach out to them and check our Facebook Events page to see what’s going on in your state.
7. Pen a Letter to the Editor
Letters to the editor (or LTEs) are quick to write, relatively easy to have published, and appear in the most widely read section of the paper: the editorial page. Most importantly, politicians routinely clip and circulate LTEs as an indicator of what is important to their constituents. Whether you’re passionate about empowering women and girls globally or securing critical food aid, decide on an issue that you’re passionate about, tailor it to something local and timely, and call on members of Congress to act. Reach out to your Regional Advocacy Coordinator today for help writing your own LTE and getting it published.