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Advocacy/Activism 41st Word of the "Good Words" Project

Updated on December 18, 2016

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Advocacy/Activism 41st Good word

I never thought that of these words as good words. And then I realize, it is my thinking that is changing to take in the full meaning of these words.

The meaning of Advocacy/Activism

I thought I knew what these words meant. I thought both words were political and Advocacy, meant lobbing and Activism meant yelling, screaming and marching.

Now, I am finding new meanings for these two words that we say.


Advocacy means: Support, Encouragement, Backing, Sponsorship, Promotion, Activism

Activism means: Involvement Engagement, Crusading, Politicking, Do-gooding, Direct action, Political action, Social action.

Advocate for you and me

Joanna Grace Goldsmith is an Independent Advocate, she advocates for the support of all the writers here on HP, not just her friends. She stands up for us to help us realize our dreams and aspirations and builds our confidence.

Jo/Grace encourages us to be more than we can be.

Advocacy/Activism

© Shyron Shenko

If advocacy is not for Peace

Wars will never cease

If our advocacy is not for truth

The truth will not be told


When I thought of the word advocacy

I always thought of it politically

Activism as marching, screaming and yelling

Also politically

Now I am learning new meanings

For old words


I have learned that advocacy

Is standing up for what is right

And activism is to guard that right

Even if you have to fight

Advocacy

Advocacy for learning from Adversity

— Roger Godell

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments. Just heard that finally trump admits the firing of James Comey was because f the Russian connection investigation.

      The Mayor of my town plans to run for Michael Burgess' seat in the next election and he is much worse than Burgess.

      I am so proud of all those who are marching against trump.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings always.

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      C E Clark 4 months ago from North Texas

      It's always good for a person to stand up for what s/he believes and thinks is right. Not always necessary to march or protest. When the subject comes up just don't be afraid to speak your mind on it in a normal voice. Write on it here, on FB, and anywhere else the opportunity presents itself.

      And be sure to vote when voting is required. Maybe if more people who were so sure Hillary was going to win would have showed up to vote our country wouldn't be is such a terrible situation. Eventually it's going to start affecting all of us. Dirty toxic drinking water. LA and Dallas will both disappear under a huge cloud of smog so breathing may be an issue. More toxins in our food and that will effect children even more than adults, and also unborn children. But the majority party thinks science is 'fake' and cares nothing about anyone or anything except themselves. Thing is, where EPA and Energy and things like that are concerned, they're at least going to be killing themselves and sickening themselves too, if that's any consolation. They will have to breath the filthy air and drink the filthy water and eat the toxic chemicals in food along with the rest of us. The insecticides/pesticides and herbicides that were once banned are now legal again.

      The minority has done this to us all because the majority didn't think it was necessary to show up at the polls. Often the majority lacks the backbone to speak up and hold their ground.

      I know the current majority party seems huge right now, but that's because they have the loudest mouths and every one of them is screaming, so that just 10 of them sound like a hundred.

      We have to replace the majority party in the congress next opportunity, just 18 months from now, or we're going to make Mr. Hawking's prediction come true much sooner than 100 years from now.

      I'm glad to see those who can marching and demonstrating for what is right, but not everyone can do that, but everyone can do something -- and that is what they need to be doing.

      Who would have thought the Dark Ages would return in these modern times? And it will get worse unless those people who disagree speak up at every opportunity and show up to vote.

      Hope all is well with you and John and Chipper. Take care dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Flourish, thank you for the comment, all of us should be vigilant and stand up for our beliefs and what is right.

      Blessings my friend

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      I've never been afraid to advocate for what is right when I truly belief an injustice has been served. As I grow older, I am also bolder in doing so.

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing, I do appreciate you.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      Sharing this excellent poem again. There is always room for improvement in anything a person can think of. Everyone should be advocate for making something better.

      Hope all is well there. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, we did enjoy the day, yesterday and it looks like today is going to be beautiful also.

      Got to go, take care.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Hello Sis, I am so happy to see you, thank you for sharing this again. I have been keeping up with it in the news and reading stories from many papers and I watch Rachel almost every day. I too plan on watching the Town Hall meeting, I hope you saw Michael Moore, (Fahrenheit 911 fame, I hope you saw this documentary) he is a Flint native and he is furious. President Obama is giving 8 Billion dollars to Flint to clean-up by replacing the lead pipes in that city, Michael asked the mayor what he is going to do with the money, the mayor told Michael Moor that he is going to assess the alternatives. One would think that the mayor would use the money to replace the lead pipes. As Rachel asked, wonder what the town hall folks are drinking?

      Blessings and Hugs right back to you.

      P.S. I Will be gone most of the day today.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for sharing and I appreciate the comments We did enjoying the beautiful day we were blessed with.

      Hoping that you are well, warm and dry.

      Blessings and hugs

      Shyron

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 20 months ago

      Hi Sis,

      I wanted to touch base with you. I am sharing this Good Word again too.

      I am sure you heard about the Flint Michigan water crisis. My attention has been steered away to get a petition together for all to sign to have the Gov of Mich charged and arrested for the Lead poisoning of 9 thousand children, 100 thousand people, and thousands of animals!

      Rachel Maddow is holding a Town Hall Meeting in Flint Michigan tomorrow night @ 9 pm. Right on MSNBC. I am going to watch. The good people of Michigan need Advocacy from all over the globe!

      Hugs and sharing again~

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      C E Clark 20 months ago from North Texas

      Sharing this excellent poem again along with the great comments. Hope all is well with you and John and that you'll enjoy this pretty day. Blessings and hugs, dear friend. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the comment and for sharing, I appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Giving this excellent poem another share. Hope people read the comments, too. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Paula, WOW, I have often dreamed this same dream, Au fait too, we talk about what we would do if we had the billions of dollars.

      No your idea does not sound ridiculous at all. Just keep dreaming and we will dream with you and maybe, just maybe our dream will come true.

      Thank you, my dear friend for this wonderful comment. I get that often, that I am a dreamer also.

      Blessings and hugs and peace.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, I really appreciate you.

      I read about Richard doing that, and a couple of others also Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. Could you imagine all the money that actors make and what about football players? Imagine what one season's money could do for the poor and homeless.

      The developer started to clear the land across the road and all the dust has got my allergies out of control, my eyes are so swollen and red it, they look like I have been crying.

      I hope you are well and safe.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend.

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      Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shyron.....In Au Fait's comment, she has mentioned something profound that I have mulled over so often....(you & she can ignite our thoughts so well)

      When we stop & THINK about the enormous, phenomenal WEALTH that collects under the feet of the thousands of big celebrities, (Gere, etal) can you just imagine if they ALL pooled a smidgeon of their individual billions and each bought complete towns (2 or 3) in each of our 50 states? With their massive wealth, they could transform these towns in whatever ways necessary, to house all "homeless" & those in poverty. They could re-fortify buildings for businesses & factories to provide JOBS. Make these towns expressly for such down-trodden Americans to lift them from the depths of their hellish existence.

      Does that sound ridiculous? It's really not. It is not as far-fetched as some might scoff.

      It is possible however improbable. It boggles the mind how the many many muti-millionaires & billionares in our Nation cannot and do not justify a massive mission to save thousands of those who have little or nothing. Not GIVING.....but "providing opportunity, jobs, better schools, neighborhoods, self-respect." NOT A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM! Individuals....doing for their fellow man and ultimately for the betterment of our whole country, to give others a boost and a starting point. (Like your picture of the kitties!)

      Yes, I have these crazy dreams often.............I'm often told I think in "fantasies," but it's never stopped me.........Peace, Paula

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      Richard Gere spent a day on the streets of New York City as a homeless man and discovered how people love to look down on the poor. How people consider themselves better and love to disapprove of poverty and the people who must suffer it everyday, yet these people do nothing to alleviate poverty or homelessness. Mr. Gere has become an advocate for the poor and homeless even though just one day can't possibly give a complete picture of what it's like to be homeless.

      But for the grace of God, anyone could find themselves homeless. Sharing this excellent poem again.

      Hope you are having a great weekend and not working too hard. Blessings and hugs, dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mike Uzochukwu, thank you for your comments. Sorry for taking so long to answer your comment.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Peg, thank you for the compliment and the comment. I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wonderful word and poem to match. Isn't it grand when we find a word that we can associate in a more positive way. You've really described this one well.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Michael-Milec, thank you for the compliment, comment, and thumb-up. I appreciate you more than you know.

      Yes Peace be with us.

      Blessings to you.

      Shyron

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi shyroneshenko.

      Good word, great words, divinely inspired words. At first glimpse at the " Advocacy / Activism words , (on Hub publishing day) in my spirit I've heard following- hesitant to write until now "Comforter,Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, ADVOCATE..." Ah, that's where the "Childen's" mounting comes from... as well as " activism"= ' for the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power- making it ACTIVE, sharper then any two edged sword... ( The rest is famously known .) Sigh.

      Thanks for sharing very needed message in your poem.

      Voted up and beautiful.

      Peace with us.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kevin, thank you for the comments, pinning and sharing, I really appreciate you. Sorry you found the video boring.

      Blessings and Hugs Dear friend.

      Shyron

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      You may not know the true meaning of something untill you carryout intensive research. Thanks for teaching me the two words.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      It is amazing what words mean Shyron. Your poem adds meaning to the words and I felt a type of recharge after reading it. The video was interesting but the person speaking was boring, so I did not watch it all. I shared it and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patricia, thank you for the angels, compliment, comment, thumbs up and for sharing, I appreciate you so much. You are such a wonderful person.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, thank you so very much for the visit, I will be over to read your response to Billybuc's challenge.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Sis, thank you for the compliment, comment, thumbs up and sharing. I look forward to writing it also. I hope all is well with you also.

      Blessings and ((((((HUGS))))))

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary, thank you so much for the comment, up votes and compliment. I really appreciate you. Please forgive the delay in getting back to your comment. I will be over to read the latest on Meeting Lizbeth, can hardly wait.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Paula, thank you for your kind compliments, comments, thumb up, tweet and pin. I appreciate you Dear Paula.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely...well said and so true. I was a parent advocate for a school in Daytona Beach ...and it made me feel like I had done something (maybe even made a difference) at the end of each day.

      Sharing and voting up+++

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I love both these words actually! Nicely said!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Another great poem for one of my favorite good words!

      Thank you Sis for all you do and have done for this project. :-)

      I look forward to the next poem and I really enjoyed the way you presented this useful, interesting and awesome word ! Up she goes and shared. :-)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jaye, thank you for the comment, votes up and for sharing, You will never know how much I appreciate you.

      I attend the Town Council every other Monday night and the Planning and Zoning meetings the other Monday nights, I attend the neighborhood meetings at least once a month.

      Oops something came up and I will have to finish this later.

      Blessing and Hugs

      I am an advocate for many causes also

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, up votes and share. Thank you for the e-mail also, I really appreciate and I did send the link to my friend.

      It was good talking to you the other day also.

      Blessings and hugs (hubs). I not I put Hubs instead of hugs.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You have done more than justice to advocacy and activism. Standing up for what is right and guarding that right are certainly goals for all of us.

      Your words are true and touching and poetically beautiful.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shyron, what a beautiful piece this is on advocacy and activism and your personal discovery of new meanings for these words. You have shared your experience so simply yet impressively, Shyron....there is such power in the way you express yourself.

      You have been a constant force in the good words series. We are very blessed to be the recipients of your brilliant work......UP+++ Tweeted & Pinned

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I've become an advocate for many causes in my senior years, Shyron. Even if I were the marching type (maybe back in the sixties, but not now), my body wouldn't allow me to do it, and if I screamed at all, I'd be hoarse for a week.

      Instead, I use words in my attempts at advocacy--in articles, letters and emails to political representatives, newspapers, comments on blogs and anywhere online that allows me to add my "two cents' worth." I use words when talking to family, friends, and acquaintances--even strangers I meet in public with whom I have the chance to talk.

      I never expected to be an activist in my sixties and seventies, but only wish I'd begun decades sooner. I'm thankful to have the power of words to help me--and glad to know kindred spirits on HP.

      Voted Up++ and shared,

      Jaye

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Yes indeed both are very good words. I like to advocate for the less fortunate, those people who don't often get a fair shake if ever. If everyone would just do the right thing the world would be a better place. Marching and screaming doesn't usually work so well and change always comes slowly.

      Voted up, BAUI, shared with followers and on FB. Good talking to you las' night and hope to do it again soon. Sent you some emails regarding your new project. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for your comment and up votes. I am learning from writing the "Good Words" always. English is a living language always evolving.

      Blessings and hugs to you dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jay, I am glad you read my poem anyway.

      You take Care also.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Dear Ruby, thank you for the comment. I am so happy you like my poems I learned a lot doing these two good words, these are the hardest two words of all the good words.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jo (tobusiness), thank you so much, for the comment and compliment. I appreciate you more than you know. Nurses are angels before they get their wings.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jamie, I am so happy to see you my friend. I appreciate you. No apology necessary, I am just happy that you are here.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, thank you so much for the compliment, I do appreciate you so much.

      You are welcome.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron great meanings to these words and learning through words opens the minds to many individuals. Voted up!

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      Jay 2 years ago

      I don't care much fo poetry but your good word poetry is interesting.

      Take care Jay.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like that you've found new meaning for the words advocasy and activism. I too have found new meaning through you words. Loved your poem...

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      As a nurse I'm very familiar with the word advocasy/advocate, these are words used in our code of conduct, nurses must act as advocates for the patients in their care. Activism is another interesting word, that have been hijacked by politicians for their own ends. Great job, love the poem, wonderful image.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      I love your word of the day poems. Always on such inportant concepts and ideas. I apologize for not commenting more but I wanted to let you know these are fantastic! Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I always love your reflections, my friend. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and poetry with us all.

      blessings always

      bill