Lobby Advocacy Day Experience by Belinda Lin

Posted by Juan.Toribio on Friday March 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. believed that, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This quote caught my eye as I was leaving the New York State Capitol. Through studying the history of our country that is steeped in social oppression and systematic discrimination, I have become keenly aware of how the actions or inactions of each individual greatly effects the society as a whole. Problems that we believe aren’t worth a second of our time eventually catches our attention when it involves our children, our spouse, or our parents, simply speaking, when it hits close to home. The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies’ Advocacy Day brought policy to life for me, it was an invitation for me as an individual to get involved in something greater than myself. My revelation from this whole experience is that my minuscule contributions, my humble stories, and my ordinary words have the potential to change lives, both inside and outside of the government walls. Although advocates are just one piece of the puzzle, they play a significant role amplifying the voices of many. Advocacy day reminded me that those in the social services field need to work in unison in order to effectively bring about lasting change. Everyone has a role to play, whether it is becoming an advocate, initiating social justice campaigns, voting for government officials, writing letters to legislators, or simply speaking up for someone you see being treated unjustly. What are you waiting for? Act now.


Belinda Lin -- MSW Candidate Nyack College

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