The Alliance for Justice defines advocacy as “any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others.” The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition will educate the public at large; will educate our legislators; will educate our state and local agency officials; will educate the business and other non-profit entities; will continue to strengthen our base; and will lobby for or against specific legislation (one form of advocacy) when appropriate.
The Women’s Advocacy Coalition speaks with one voice about Economic Self-Sufficiency Principles by using many different approaches toward advocacy with and education of the public and private sectors.
Techniques the Coalition utilizes to make its information and views known include:
- Attending personal meetings with stakeholders;
- Participating in public meetings;
- Writing letters to legislators;
- Making telephone calls;
- Sharing stories of women and girls;
- Submitting letters-to-the-editor and guest opinions;
- Issuing press releases and holding conversations with the media;
- Sponsoring forums and symposiums;
- Issuing position papers, reports and analyses;
- Joining other coalitions with similar missions.
The Coalition currently has several working committees that focus on 12 specific issue areas and long-term, systemic change initiatives such as Making Work Pay PA (Cliff Effect) and the Economics of Caregiving.