Much thanks to the many people who either submitted guest posts or who read the recent feature “Beyond Murphy”. All the posts seemed to have gotten good response and most of the feedback I have received is positive.
I hope in 3 or 4 weeks to run another series if enough people are interested enough to submit guest posts. If you are interested please let me know.
The topic of this post is advocacy : “Can this movement be an effective force for political change?”
Part of the reason for this topic is the hope to continue the momentum from the recent “day of action.”
Some of the questions I would be interested in seeing addressed include :
1. Are we effective now? How?
2. What are our greatest strengths? Greatest weaknesses??
3. Are there enough people involved to be an effective political presence? Are there coalitions we should seek to develop?
4. Is being an effective political presence even important?
5. How much do internal differences or conflict effect the impact we wish to have on the wider political system?
6. What are our political goals? How can we frame them in terms likely to resonate with legislators?
7. Do we have natural allies we need to reach out to?
8. Where do efforts at political advocacy need to concentrate?
9. How should or does the presidential campaign influence advocacy?
10. What is the best way to address the issue of guns/violence /mental health?
11. What is the best strategy to approach the issue of forced or coercive treatment?
12. What is our best chance to make a difference?
13. What concern is most likely to not be impacted by political advocacy?
14. If the Murphy Bill is passed????????
15. Is national or state advocacy the most needed point of emphasis?
16. What can we do about AOT? What arguments are most likely to make a difference?
17. Some people believe advocacy should be about human rights… Others would include increased access to services… others would include more and more effective services. Some include all. Some include some mixture of the 3. Where do you stand? Do these things complement each other? Or does working on one exclude working on others?
18. To what extent should stigma be the focus of advocacy?
19. Is there an ethics to advocacy? What is it?
20. What is the chance of making things better? What is the key?
Obviously many of these questions are related and could be addressed in one post. Let me know if you are interested in talking part in this feature. All views are welcome. No one has to agree with anyone else. Please share this post with others you think might be interested.