Why Advocacy Matters

One of the most promising ways to create equity and affect positive change in society is through advocacy. From immigration rights to fair housing, many local and regional organizations are advocating around important social justice causes.

At the Race Equity Leadership and Research Collective, we believe that successful advocacy is built on strong collaborations, allowing information to be easily accessible to everyone working toward change.

Additionally, meaningful advocacy is steered by members of the community. We treat our community partners as collaborators – not subjects – of our research and programs.

Resource: Step-By-Step Guide for Engaging State Officials

Need a refresher on how to practice advocacy on the state-level? We have prepared a one-page, step-by-step guide that covers how to find out who represents you, how to read legislative bills and much more.

Harris County Declared Racism a Public Health Crisis – What’s Next?

Texas cities –  San Antonio and Austin – have joined Harris and Dallas counties in declaring racism a public health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened already-existing health disparities and disproportionately affected BIPOC communities.

Declaring racism a public health crisis is an important first step for acknowledging the need for state and local efforts to address these disparities and create an optimal society for all. But our work is only beginning.

Download our call-to-action phone script for calling on state representatives to help end racism.