Be an Advocate is one of four modules in LIRS’s Be Not Afraid project. The project is a set of tools designed to assist congregations serving immigrants as they seek to reduce fear and create welcoming communities through education and advocacy. The tools in the Be an Advocate module help congregations speak up for fair and humane immigration policies and mobilize others to advocate, as well.
You can promote immigration advocacy within your community or congregation through simple acts like these:
Be in the Know
The first step to successful advocacy is to have accurate and up-to-date information. Counter misinformation with common sense facts, accurate statistics and practical solutions. Be in the know with LIRS Stand for Welcome resources and Action Center.
Be a Mythbuster
Misinformation can lead to negative talk about immigrants. Set a positive example by using accurate terms such as “undocumented person” rather than “illegal.” Actions can be described as illegal, but not people. Respectfully correct myths and misinformation. Use the Be Not Afraid Mythbuster. handout to help others learn, too.
Be a Leader
Plan an immigration awareness event such as one of these:
- Invite an immigrant to share their story at a church or community event;
- Use the Be Not Afraid three-part Bible Study to spark a discussion about immigration advocacy;
- Hold a Prayer Vigil.
Form an immigration taskforce:
- Make a difference in your congregation or community by forming a taskforce, coalition or other type of group for education, advocacy or human care.
- Keep each other informed and encouraged.
- Share responsibilities for sustainable efforts.
- Network with other local, regional and national groups.
Be an Activist
Join Stand For Welcome: LIRS Advocacy with Migrants and Refugees, and invite others to join. Together we can work to create laws and policies that welcome newcomers and treat all migrants and refugees with dignity.
Keep in Touch
When you complete a simple act of immigration advocacy, let us know so we can celebrate with you. To tell us your story, share your ideas and encourage other advocates, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.