This grassroots effort amplified the voices of individuals, communities, and organizations that are passionate about the UN and Human rights. UNA-USA staff made sure we were well-prepared before we embarked on Capitol Hill. We were equipped with research, talking points and background information and voting records of the politicians. For their part the representatives from each office were appreciative for our visit and eager to gather information on the topics discussed.
By engaging in this important work, we had the opportunity to directly influence policy outcomes, promote social justice, protect human rights, and drive systemic change. It is a way to exercise democratic participation, contribute to the democratic process, and hold elected officials accountable.
It was an opportunity to collaborate and work together towards a common goal. Advocacy work also helps develop new skills, such as public speaking, leadership, and community organizing. Overall, it was an incredible experience that fills you with pride and excitement. If given the opportunity to do advocacy work, I highly recommend it.