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Advocacy/Activism 41st Good word
I never thought of these words as good words. And then I realize, it is my thinking that is changing and I need to take in the full meaning of these two words.
The meaning of Advocacy/Activism
I thought I knew what these words meant. I thought both words were political and Advocacy, meant lobbing and Activism meant yelling, screaming and marching.
Now, I am finding new meanings for these two words that we say.
Advocacy means: Support, Encouragement, Backing, Sponsorship, Promotion, Activism
Activism means: Involvement Engagement, Crusading, Politicking, Do-gooding, Direct action, Political action, Social action.
Advocate for you and me
Joanna Grace Goldsmith is an Independent Advocate, she advocates for the support of all the writers here on HP, not just her friends. She stands up for us to help us realize our dreams and aspirations and builds our confidence.
Jo/Grace encourages us to be more than we can be.
© Shyron Shenko
If advocacy is not for Peace
Wars will never cease
If our advocacy is not for truth
The truth will not be told
When I thought of the word advocacy
I always thought of it politically
Activism as marching, screaming and yelling
Now I am learning new meanings
For old words
I have learned that advocacy
Is standing up for what is right
And activism is to guard that right
Even if you have to fight
Advocacy for learning from Adversity
— Roger Godell
Advocacy and Activism
© 2015 Shyron E Shenko
C E Clark from North Texas on August 07, 2021:
Guess I spoke too soon, but I'm not surprised Covid has reared its ugly head again. Figured things were opening up too soon, and with so many people selfishly refusing to wear masks and get vaccinated this mess was bound to happen again -- for the 4th time.
Kind of looks like Republicans are the Party of death, not life. While they may object to abortions, they have no problem denying healthcare to the poor who can't afford to pay for it, no problem going to war to kill 'ragheads,' and no problem going maskless and refusing the vaccine and exposing other people and putting their health and lives at risk. Desantis, governor of Florida, even forbids young children who can't yet be vaccinated from wearing masks in school when it starts up in a few days. The man is evil. What kind of a person purposely puts young children at higher risk?
People who refuse to take the advised precautions that have been proven to be effective are to blame for deaths they cause or contribute too. Mostly they're members of the Trump death cult.
Posting this to A/H.
Blessings, dear friend. Hope all is well with you . . .
C E Clark from North Texas on May 12, 2021:
Really hope Biden's jobs bill passes in its entirety, and his other bills too. I know the Republicans are having a fit about spending so much on us ordinary people, but Trump added 7.8 TRILLION dollars to the national debt by giving BIG corporations and Billionaires tax cuts and forgivable loans. There's no money for billionaires and huge corporations in any of Biden's bills and that's what gripes Republicans. They don't want to help us ordinary people who actually need the help. They want to give still more money to the billionaires and huge corporations who don't need the help. For sure one major reason is that the billionaires and huge corporations give a lot of it back to the political pacs and election coffers of the Republicans. Our government is so corrupt these days it's so depressing.
Hopefully things will get better if we just have the patience to stick with the program. So far Covid-19 at least is improving. Let's hope it continues.
Blessings, dear friend . . .
C E Clark from North Texas on August 12, 2020:
There are so many issues that need advocates right now. It wears a person out just getting up in the morning and facing another day of death and destruction. It seems to never end, and it effects regular and poor people more than anyone else. I hope better days are getting closer.
Posting this article to AH & FB.
Hope you and Walter are staying healthy and safe. Blessings dear friend . . .
C E Clark from North Texas on August 06, 2019:
Seems like we all need to advocate for the election of someone new to replace Moscow Mitch McConnell since we can't vote him out. The people of Kentucky must do that, and I've read they aren't happy with him, so maybe they will vote him out.
Gun regulation is sitting on McConnell's desk since February when the House passed it, and he refuses to even allow it to have a vote in the Senate. He's controlling our government right now for the most part and only the people of Kentucky have voted for him. I don't think someone who is only accountable to a few people in one state should have so much power over the entire country.
Until we have tougher background checks and stronger regulations on war weapons, mass shootings are likely to happen often. Of course Trump encourages white supremacy and their craziness with his rhetoric, too. He needs to stop it and be held responsible for the terrible things he's promoting by using his horrible language that encourages racism and violence against people who are not white or Christian or straight.
Blessings dear friend. Hope all is well with you.
C E Clark from North Texas on March 13, 2019:
I hope you received a lot of views on this article recently because one of my friends both read and shared it. I usually get lots of views on any articles this friend shares, so I hope you did too.
Blessings dear friend. I hope you are well and staying that way.
C E Clark from North Texas on March 08, 2019:
I hear a lot of people saying, "There's nothing I can do about it," and "it doesn't effect me, so I don't care," and all manner of reasons for allowing ugliness in their name (they don't seem to realize it reflects on them when they turn their head to avoid involvement.
Since we the people ARE the government, we the people are responsible for allowing corruption and wrong doing, and for not doing what we can to change or end it. Even if all we can do is object strongly when anyone will listen, then that is what we need to do.
Actively working for change where change is needed is one of our responsibilities as citizens of this country where in fact we ARE the government.
Posting this on AH and FB. Blessings dear friend . . .
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 27, 2018:
Au fait, Thank you for the comments.
Yes it is sickening that people who abuse others are condoned for doing so, but look who is doing the condoning, the fox in the hen house condoning the egg sucking hound dog. Rachel is correct.
Blessings and hugs dear friend.
C E Clark from North Texas on May 16, 2018:
Advocates for a lot things are now needed more than ever. Not just for the poor and/or homeless, but for the environment, for health insurance for everyone, and for senior (elders) rights.
Several months ago Trump took away the right of nursing home and assisted living residents to sue when they are physically or mentally abused or raped, or abused in any way. They can leave the place if they can find another one to take them (not likely any better), but they can do nothing to those attendants or administrators who harm them. Is that sickening or what?
As Rachel Maddow has said, it's not a matter of Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals, but a matter of who cares and who does not care. While they're still not the majority, there are an awful lot of people who only care about themselves. Not hard to figure out who they are either . . .
Hope all is well with you. Always know how much I appreciate all that you do. Take care . . .
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 27, 2017:
Au fait, thank you for the comments, I do appreciate you. Yes I know that you advocate for the poor and homeless.
I just saw Ken Starr, you know the man who tried to coerce Susan McDougall to lie about President Clinton and when she would not he had her imprisoned and a couple of weeks ago he spoke up for Robert Muller and the FBI, then tonight he said the opposite that Mr. Muller should step down and drop the Russia investigation (wonder how much trump paid him) when he himself lost his job as President of Baylor University for covering up sexual abuse in 2016. I guess birds of a feather really do stick together.
I know what you are talking about with everything going up and up, just picked up my car from the mechanic $500.89 repair bill and $300.00 last week because RATS got on top of the engine and ate a hose. Social Security cost of living raise went right back to cover the cost of Medicare insurance….Social Security did not increase 1¢.
The tax bill will affect home owner in 2018, it is in the bill that tax payers can’t take the home owner tax on the interest that we paid last year.
As you know ACA (i.e. Obama Care) was crammed into the tax bill that was just passed.
I pray that things are going better for you and that you had a Blessed Christmas.
Take care my dear friend. I tried to call you a couple days ago, but you did not answer.
C E Clark from North Texas on December 23, 2017:
As you know, I have advocated for poor and/or homeless people for many years. The number of homeless people in this country has increased since Trump took office. Given his most recent accomplishment, passing a tax revamp that will take even more from people of modest means and give it to the wealthy, homelessness is likely to increase even more.
As I have written in some of my articles, 46% of homeless people have jobs, many full time jobs. While expenses for everything from gas for the car, housing, and food have risen many times over the past 23 years, the minimum wage has not risen so much as a half-penny, much less a full penny.
The rise in housing over the past couple of years has pretty well made it impossible for many poor people (minimum wage workers, SS recipients, etc.) to obtain housing unless they have 20 roommates -- usually against city ordinance.
The recent tax bill will kick in, in about 4 years from now for people of modest means and poor people. They will be lulled in the meantime, with a slight tax cut, so that lots of Republicans can be elected to office before anyone realizes what really happened. 4 years from now is when homelessness may get a lot closer than just one paycheck away (as it is for many people now).
To prepare, people who are able should pay off as many bills as they can, and try to pay off a car so when the reality of this tax bill hits, they won't be taken by surprise. Homeless people with vehicles in good repair are way better off than homeless people on foot.
A vehicle provides a place to keep a few belongings, and a place to get in out of the weather with locks on the doors. A place to sleep that is fairly safe with far more privacy or safety than a shelter than is often full to overflowing. Having a vehicle for protection and transportation beats the heck out of being on foot, sleeping under bridges or on the ground behind some bushes. Way better than having to walk everywhere carrying whatever they can manage on their backs in whatever weather is happening.
For sure the homeless situation is going to get worse before it gets better. In fact it gets worse everyday as heartless people, and the equally heartless people they elect to office, take away more and more public assistance programs (or gut them), and taxes go up for the modest and poor while wages continue to stagnate.
Advocacy for the poor and homeless is so important if only because many of today's smug, who hate homeless people, will likely find themselves among their ranks before it's over. It's important to advocate Before one becomes homeless themselves because once that happens, no one cares about anything a homeless person has to say about anything. Once someone becomes a human rat or cockroach, as so many non-homeless, non-poor people imagine homeless people to be, they no longer have the power to change anything. No one will hire a homeless person. Everyone just wants them to go away by any means. Even death is acceptable so long as they just go away.
Jesus was homeless all of His adult life . . .
Hugs and blessings to you and John. Wishing you both a peaceful, joyous Christmas.
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 11, 2017:
Au fait, thank you for the comments. Just heard that finally trump admits the firing of James Comey was because f the Russian connection investigation.
The Mayor of my town plans to run for Michael Burgess' seat in the next election and he is much worse than Burgess.
I am so proud of all those who are marching against trump.
Hope all is well with you.
C E Clark from North Texas on May 09, 2017:
It's always good for a person to stand up for what s/he believes and thinks is right. Not always necessary to march or protest. When the subject comes up just don't be afraid to speak your mind on it in a normal voice. Write on it here, on FB, and anywhere else the opportunity presents itself.
And be sure to vote when voting is required. Maybe if more people who were so sure Hillary was going to win would have showed up to vote our country wouldn't be is such a terrible situation. Eventually it's going to start affecting all of us. Dirty toxic drinking water. LA and Dallas will both disappear under a huge cloud of smog so breathing may be an issue. More toxins in our food and that will effect children even more than adults, and also unborn children. But the majority party thinks science is 'fake' and cares nothing about anyone or anything except themselves. Thing is, where EPA and Energy and things like that are concerned, they're at least going to be killing themselves and sickening themselves too, if that's any consolation. They will have to breath the filthy air and drink the filthy water and eat the toxic chemicals in food along with the rest of us. The insecticides/pesticides and herbicides that were once banned are now legal again.
The minority has done this to us all because the majority didn't think it was necessary to show up at the polls. Often the majority lacks the backbone to speak up and hold their ground.
I know the current majority party seems huge right now, but that's because they have the loudest mouths and every one of them is screaming, so that just 10 of them sound like a hundred.
We have to replace the majority party in the congress next opportunity, just 18 months from now, or we're going to make Mr. Hawking's prediction come true much sooner than 100 years from now.
I'm glad to see those who can marching and demonstrating for what is right, but not everyone can do that, but everyone can do something -- and that is what they need to be doing.
Who would have thought the Dark Ages would return in these modern times? And it will get worse unless those people who disagree speak up at every opportunity and show up to vote.
Hope all is well with you and John and Chipper. Take care dear friend . . .
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 08, 2017:
Flourish, thank you for the comment, all of us should be vigilant and stand up for our beliefs and what is right.
Blessings my friend
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 04, 2017:
I've never been afraid to advocate for what is right when I truly belief an injustice has been served. As I grow older, I am also bolder in doing so.
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 17, 2016:
Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing, I do appreciate you.
Hope all is well with you.
Blessings and hugs my dear friend
C E Clark from North Texas on February 08, 2016:
Sharing this excellent poem again. There is always room for improvement in anything a person can think of. Everyone should be advocate for making something better.
Hope all is well there. Take care . . .
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 26, 2016:
Au fait, we did enjoy the day, yesterday and it looks like today is going to be beautiful also.
Got to go, take care.
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 26, 2016:
Hello Sis, I am so happy to see you, thank you for sharing this again. I have been keeping up with it in the news and reading stories from many papers and I watch Rachel almost every day. I too plan on watching the Town Hall meeting, I hope you saw Michael Moore, (Fahrenheit 911 fame, I hope you saw this documentary) he is a Flint native and he is furious. President Obama is giving 8 Billion dollars to Flint to clean-up by replacing the lead pipes in that city, Michael asked the mayor what he is going to do with the money, the mayor told Michael Moor that he is going to assess the alternatives. One would think that the mayor would use the money to replace the lead pipes. As Rachel asked, wonder what the town hall folks are drinking?
Blessings and Hugs right back to you.
P.S. I Will be gone most of the day today.
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 26, 2016:
Au fait, thank you for sharing and I appreciate the comments We did enjoying the beautiful day we were blessed with.
Hoping that you are well, warm and dry.
Blessings and hugs
Jo_Goldsmith11 on January 26, 2016:
I wanted to touch base with you. I am sharing this Good Word again too.
I am sure you heard about the Flint Michigan water crisis. My attention has been steered away to get a petition together for all to sign to have the Gov of Mich charged and arrested for the Lead poisoning of 9 thousand children, 100 thousand people, and thousands of animals!
Rachel Maddow is holding a Town Hall Meeting in Flint Michigan tomorrow night @ 9 pm. Right on MSNBC. I am going to watch. The good people of Michigan need Advocacy from all over the globe!
Hugs and sharing again~
C E Clark from North Texas on January 25, 2016:
Sharing this excellent poem again along with the great comments. Hope all is well with you and John and that you'll enjoy this pretty day. Blessings and hugs, dear friend. Take care . . .
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 14, 2015:
Thank you Au fait, for the comment and for sharing, I appreciate you.
Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.
C E Clark from North Texas on November 07, 2015:
Giving this excellent poem another share. Hope people read the comments, too. Take care . . .
Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 11, 2015:
Paula, WOW, I have often dreamed this same dream, Au fait too, we talk about what we would do if we had the billions of dollars.
No your idea does not sound ridiculous at all. Just keep dreaming and we will dream with you and maybe, just maybe our dream will come true.