In this part of our Advocacy 101 series, Bella DeVaan, a high school junior and Save the Children Action Network advocate, shares about her experience advocating and about getting her peers to advocate.
I’ll be honest: the first time I walked into Senator Maria Cantwell’s Capitol Hill office with the Save the Children Action Network team, I was incredibly nervous. Wasn’t it strange that a sixteen-year old was about to lobby a political superhero? What could I say that she didn’t already know? I began to doubt what I could really contribute to the effort to save moms and kids. I felt uncertain and out of place.
Without you, our advocacy means very little. You are who Congress works for your voice is the voice that matters. In D.C., bills are introduced, but you give those bills momentum to become laws. With you, we have made great strides, helping the Water for the World Act and the Girl Count Act pass! We know these victories are only the start of our voices coming together as one. How does it work though?
When I first started my position with the World Vision USA Advocacy team, I didn’t know much about policy. While I have a background in creative writing and using social media for mobilization, my policy understanding was limited to some terms, the general concept of Congress, and that lobbyists influence Congressional members. Since the goal of my job is to help communicate with you, our advocates, how you can effectively advocate for relevant and pressing issues, I have had to learn a bit about the policy side of things and what it is that our policy advisors actually do on the Hill. Hopefully this post will give you a better idea of the work being done in D.C., who is doing the work, and why it should matter to you!
This is the second post in our Advocacy 101 blog series. While advocacy as it is traditionally thought of today, lobbying to government officials to make policy changes, is relatively new in the grand scheme of things, various forms of advocacy have been going on much longer than any formal system — and are still very relevant today. You can see it when looking at history, and even throughout the Bible. What inspired advocacy as it is now, and how does it relate to Christianity?
Zoey Wilson is the newest member of the World Vision advocacy team. Last August she jumped in feet first and knows what it is like to take first steps as an advocate. Today she starts to share the basics in the first of our Advocacy 101 blog series. If you would like to take the next step in advocacy, or are just curious about the issues we will be working on this year, join us on Wednesday January 13 for our Grassroots Advocate Conference Call. Click through to sign up!
This September I celebrated my fourth anniversary at World Vision. Working on the Advocacy and Government Relations team for such a wonderful organization has been some of the most rewarding time of my D.C. career, which has now spanned almost 20 years! Sometimes people are surprised that World Vision has an office in Washington, D.C., … Read More
Summer is in full swing: the season for popsicles by the pool, new routines (or lack thereof), family visits, camp adventures, and…road trips. But before all the fun winds down and you take your kids back to school shopping, we want to invite you to take one more meaningful road trip this summer – one … Read More
Doing justice is doable…when you know how. Micah 6:8 has baffled me for years. I’ve always known its message is important to incorporate into my life, but I never understood what it means to “DO justice.” When two workshops on justice were presented by World Vision at my church recently, I attended both to learn more. The first workshop established a foundation for biblical justice, or the “why.” The second workshop on biblical advocacy explained the “how” of advocacy in tangible ways that any layperson can easily implement. Facilitated by biblical advocacy trainer and author Alexia Salvatierra, each workshop was skillfully presented…
Last December, one senator put a hold on the Water for the World Act. We put out a call to action and you answered─ with over 300 tweets in a matter of hours! The office responded and before the Senate adjourned that evening, that Water for the World Act was on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law!
Research backs what we found to be true that day─ Congressional offices pay attention to social media.