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Effective advocacy enables individuals and organizations to shape public debate on important issues. It also ensures that we have a voice in the policies that impact our daily lives. If ever there was a time for the LGBTQ+ community to work together with a shared voice of inclusion, this is it. In 2017, LGBTQ+ Community Centers across the nation partnered with CenterLink to form ActionLink - the Center Action Network.
ActionLink enables LGBTQ+ community centers and the people they serve to act as effective and powerful champions, protecting the social services, health care, programming, and funding necessary for our communities to thrive. We advise our network of threats and changes to policies affecting the LGBTQ+ population, then offer quick, simple ways to take action.
We know that standing alone while taking a position on controversial issues in today's political climate can be daunting. As a member of ActionLink, you don't have to. Partnerships with national, state, and local equality organizations give us the ability to assist you and your LGBTQ community center with advocacy at any level.
All nonprofits CAN and SHOULD be involved in advocacy, lobbying, and elections. Advocacy is the number one way nonprofits advance the issues they care about and help bring systemic, lasting change. Click here to see if your local community center is part of our network. Tell them to partner with us if they haven't already. Then sign up yourself and join fight for equality.
"I find the information CAN shares very valuable. It's nice to be given the opportunity to take part in national initiatives and the LGBTQ+ movement's work.”
— Julie Seaver, Executive Director, Compass LGBTQ Community Center