Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What is true advocacy?

In my years of advocating for students with dyslexia, I've notice that people here in Seattle tend to only get involved with educational issues if they're directly effected. Seattleites will generously send money all over the world for various causes, but trying to get our city's residents to step up for special educational students is very difficult and at times impossible. There is a great social injustice happening right here in Seattle, but very few seem to care.
 ―Michael Christophersen  

“The weapon of the advocate is the sword of the soldier, not the dagger of the assassin.”
Alexander Cockburn

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Elie Wiesel

“..things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.”
Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

“I know you can't live on hope alone; but without hope, life is not worth living. So you, and you and you: you got to give them hope; you got to give them hope.”
Harvey Milk

“I spend half my time comforting the afflicated, and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”
Wess Stafford

“An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. Otherwise the play may never open; or it may open but, for a lack of an audience, close after a week. Similarly, an idea will not move from the fringes to the mainstream simply because it is good; it must be skillfully marketed before it will actually shift people's perceptions and behavior.”
David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas 

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