Human Rights and Advocacy References

 

Advocacy Basics

 

Advocacy is about making your voice heard, or speaking out on behalf of those whose voice has been silenced…

-to others in a community

-to the media

-to politicians

 

Strategies include creating social networks, community organizing, lobbying, education, fundraising, and other advocacy “tools”.

• When change needs to occur, advocacy has a role to play

• Have a clear objective- be able to identify your issue.

• Create concise, clear presentations to explain your position.

• Know your audience- different groups may respond to different messages.

• Consider forming coalitions to strengthen your collective voice.

• Aim to give more than facts- empower others to action

• give specific examples of how to proceed

• Offer solutions and advocate for them!

 

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD - these are just a few brief examples of ways to get involved!  There are many more!

Register to vote and educate yourself and others on election issues.

Write Op-Ed pieces and Letters to the editor

Write, telephone, and visit your elected representatives:

U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (ask for your Senator's and/or Representative's office)

Address for Representatives: www.house.gov

Address for Senators: www.senate.gov

White House comment line: 202-456-1111

Email the White House: President@WhiteHouse.gov.

Fax the White House at 202-456-2461.

 

Some helpful references:

 

HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: www.un.org/en/documents/udhr

Social Medicine Portal: www.socialmedicine.org

Social Medicine Journal: www.socialmedicine.info

 

HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

People’s Health Movement: www.phmovement.org

Health Care for America NOW!: www.healthcareforamericanow.org

Physicians for a National Health Plan: www.pnhp.org

Cure This!: www.curethis.org

Global Health Watch: www.ghwatch.org

National Physicians’ Alliance: www.npalliance.org

 

WAR AND VIOLENCE

Global: Physicians for Social Responsibility: www.psr.org

Physicans for Human Rights: www.physiciansforhumanrights.org

Emergency: www.emergencyusa.org

Code Pink: www.codepinkalert.com

Office of the Americas: www.officeoftheamericas.org

Medact: www.medact.org

School of the Americas Watch: www.soaw.org

No More Victims: www.nomorevictims.org

 

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights L.A.: www.chirla.org

Instituto de Educacian Popular del Sur de California: www.idepsca.org