In our democracy, our voices are an important part of the legislative process. Our expertise and experience can have a major impact. If we fail to use our voices to speak up for our issues, then we allow others to make the decisions about the future of the areas we care about -- sometimes without all the information that we know is important.
Advocacy makes a change. A strong advocacy effort has the power to help elected officials understand the importance of an issue, or, if they already understand, to become an even bigger supporter of the cause. If officials see that citizens care about an issue, they are more inclined to take action, and with the information advocates provide, can make more informed decisions.