What is advocacy?

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."
Paulo Freire

Fundamentally, it is the act of expressing your vision of Hamilton to those who have the power to effect change. It is an inclusive form of civic engagement which provides citizens an opportunity to voice concerns regarding the state of our city, as well as, issues of public-policy and funds allocation.

Advocacy at it's best encourages dialogue. It is a vehicle to raise questions, incite debate and propose solutions. It targets those who are not responding to the needs of our city.

Advocacy Hamilton exists to educate and encourage all Hamiltonians to participate in a thoughtful discussion regarding the issues that face our city by providing timely, evidence-based resources. It's mission is to reach equitable, sustainable and fiscally responsible solutions that address the needs of all members of the community, from all walks of life.

Does advocacy work?

    Yes. In order to measure success in advocacy, the primary goals must be understood: awareness, dialogue and change. Awareness is information and education. It involves more than knowing an issue exists; it seeks to combat [...]

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Is letter writing politically partisan?

    No! In fact, the most effective advocacy groups make sure that they do not endorse any particular candidate or party. Indeed, some non-profit or congregations are excluded by law from making such statements. It doesn’t [...]

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Tools for effective letter writing

    Letter writing is simple. In fact the more simple and straight forward it is, the more effective it becomes. Using the tools and tips on this site will get you up and running very quickly! [...]

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Advocacy Hamilton, Inequity, Poverty, Social Assistance:

Serious Thinking & Real Reform

Posted on: July 22, 2013.   No Comments

Ontario has a poverty problem. Hamilton is an intensified example of this. 18% percent of the population lives in poverty, almost 50% of them children. That is 1 In 7 children. 6.8% unemployment rate again [...]

Poverty, Social Assistance:

Presentation to Ontario Finance Minister

Posted on: April 6, 2013.   1 Comment

Presentation to Ontario Finance Minister, Charles Sousa, by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction’s Social Assistance Reform Work Group Co-Chair, Laura Cattari: April 2nd, 2013 “My name is Laura Cattari. I am Co-Chair of the [...]

Advocacy Hamilton, Community, Good to know:

Ward Boundary Reform Petition for Hamilton

Posted on: April 18, 2012.   2 Comments

Just a small follow-up to Andrew Dreschel’s article today. As Advocacy Hamilton, I strive to ensure all voices in this city are heard.  This begins with a form of equal representation but not exclusively. Communities [...]