By exposing injustices, bringing awareness, and assisting individuals or groups in bringing fair and equitable resolutions.
One way we work to achieve our mission of racial, gender, and social equity is through advocacy.
As a 501(c)3 organization, St. Clair County Organizing for Regional Equity (S.C.C.O.R.E) is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates.
Our advocacy work is planned and executed by a dedicated Advocacy Committee. The committee is made up of S.C.C.O.R.E. staff and volunteers who are deeply committed to our mission.
What does our advocacy work look like?
Legislative advocacy refers to efforts to influence legislation, or official laws. We do this through contacting our legislators – city councilors, state legislators, and federal legislators – to share our views on an issue and ask them to vote a specific way on a ordinance, resolution or a bill.
Policy decisions and implementation
Policies are rules that inform and regulate how an entity operates. When a law is passed, it is often up to the departments, offices, and organizations that are affected to come up with their own policies to implement the law. Influencing these policies can be just as important as influencing laws. In addition to carrying out laws, organizations also use policies to determine how to spend money, how to prioritize work, and how to address concerning issues. As a nonprofit, we can urge organizations to create policies that will promote equity in all of these areas
When several groups share a common goal, they can form a coalition to work together to have that goal met. An advocacy coalition may focus on addressing legal, political, or social issues. We form coalitions to impact change throughout the Blue Water area.
Mobilization of public support and action
Mobilizing public support and action includes providing information to our network about legislation, policies, or social or political movements related to our mission, and then providing information about how people can take action. This may include asking people to contact their legislator, participate in a rally, or share information on social media about the importance of an issue. We used mobilization of public support when inviting our networks to participate in the efforts to sway the vote on playground equipment for Knox Field.