Working to empower activists as we do, One Click Politics finds that there are two different types of advocates. There are those who are born to advocate. They seem to come into the world with tiny megaphones and pickets signs clenched in their infant fists! They are politically savvy. They know the “system,” and they can navigate the ins and outs of politics on all levels. Basically, born advocates know the rules, and they aren’t afraid to use them.
Then, there is the other kind of advocate…the accidental advocate. Perhaps you, dear reader, can identify with this. Whether it’s a special needs mom looking to affect change for her disabled child. Or, a surfer who is tired of watching trash wash up on his favorite beach. The accidental advocate doesn’t go out in search of a controversial issue. The issue finds them!
Nelson Mandela was an accidental advocate. He was initiated to take his father’s place as leader of South Africa’s Tembu tribe. But, while attending university, he became impassioned by exposure to racial inequality.
It wasn’t until he took a summer job in the Burmese civil service that George Orwell realized the horrors of an imperial state. He became disgusted by the very government that employed his service.
Accidental advocates rise out of necessity. They are moved by experience. They act because they must. They have advocacy, as Shakespeare would say, “thrust upon them.” And the best of them do not allow a lack of political knowledge to stand in their way. They can be just as effective as the seasoned advocate. What they lack in political confidence or know-how, they make up for with sheer passion.
Are you an accidental advocate? If so, One Click Politics is here to help. We exist to empower advocacy and give democracy its voice. To help do so, we have developed this series of blog posts we call Advocacy 101.
Each post in the Advocacy 101 series will include a nugget of information to help arm the accidental advocate with necessary knowledge. From congressional committees to lobby groups, from “Name that Caucus” to “Important Legislators,” the series will empower you to own the political process.
Look for our #Advocacy101 series in the future and happy advocating.
Tell us your story! Tweet us using #AccidentalAdvocate and inspire others to follow in your path. Who knows? We may feature you in an upcoming blog post.