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Advocacy

ParliamentIdeas are only ideas until someone puts them into practice. Human dignity and restorative justice must be implemented by members of the community and by public officials. This means that it is necessary to build support within the community and within the government.

Machiavelli wrote "It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones."

His conclusion was that it was better not to try because the costs outweighed the benefits. Thankfully, not all public officials agree. But he very usefully presented the difficulties that those who want change need to be able to help public officials overcome.

This section addresses various components of advocacy. It begins by considering effective lobbying strategies, then moves to building public awareness of the problem and solutions. Key to both of these is working effectively with the news media. One particular project that some national affiliates have found useful is to sponsor a seminar or conference on justice reform issues.

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