‘Tis the season of turkey and football….
As we prepare to gather together to be nourished as much by our being with as by our tables full of fix-ins to feast upon, the meal and the football games remind me of the importance of the huddle.
In football, the huddle is a central component of rallying the team and execution of the play. For Thanksgiving, the holiday centers on home and hearth and table. In advocacy, we need a place and a space to gather for planning, instruction, and support.
Today’s Advocacy Lesson: Huddle Up! It’s absolutely necessary for any successful advocacy effort.
When women were laboring to win the right to vote, they had their central office headquarters for the National Women’s Party in Washington, DC which was also the home of suffragette, Alice Paul. During the Civil Rights struggle, persons gathered in churches for trainings and meetings.
Every group about the business of making positive, effective change has a headquarters, a place to huddle.
When doing effective advocacy, make it a priority to gather together for instruction, inspiration, strategy, and support. Connecting with the folks with whom you advocate makes the advocacy better because the bonds are stronger.