: a person who argues for or support a cause or policy
: a person who works for a cause or group
: a person who argues for the cause of another person in a court of law



Advocate (n.): mid-14th century, “one whose profession is to plead cases in a court of justice,” a technical term from Roman law, from Old French avocatbarrister, advocate, spokesman,” from Latin advocatusone called to aid; a pleader,” noun use of past participle of advocareto call” (as witness or advisor) from ad-to” + vocareto call,” related to vocem (related to: voice). Also in Middle English as “one who intercedes for another,” and “protector, champion, patron.” Feminine forms advocatess, advocatrice were in use in 15th century.



“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Elie Wiesel (b. 1928, American Romanian-born professor, political activist, writer, journalist, Holocaust survivor, and recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize, 1986)

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“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”

William Faulkner (1897-1962, American writer, screenwriter, playwright, poet, author and the recipient The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949)

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“I know you can't live on hope alone; but without hope, life is not worth living. So you, and you and you: you got to give them hope; you got to give them hope.”

Harvey Milk (1930-1978, gay rights activist, community leader, former San Francisco Board of Supervisor, and one of the first openly gay officials to be elected into office)

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“Poverty is not only a lack of money, it's a lack of sense of meaning.”

David Bornstein (b. 1974, journalist and author, specializing in social innovation, a style called, “solutions journalism”; has written three books on social Entrepreneurs)

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“... things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.”

Muhammad Yunus (b, 1940, Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil social leader; founder of the Grameen Bank, one that grants poor people small loans on easy terms, micro-credit; and the recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize in 2006)

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“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”

Bill Drayton (b. 1943, social entrepreneur, named by the “U.S. News & World Report” as one of the America’s 25 Best Leaders in 2005)

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“I spend half my time comforting the afflicted, and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”

Wess Stafford (b. 1949, President Emeritus of Compassion International and a passionate global advocate for children in poverty)

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“As a pregnant urologist, … I was often asked by hospital workers and physicians if I was going to circumcise the baby. I always answered a simple ‘no’ immediately, without adding the unnecessary caveat that I already knew I was carrying a girl. Knowing that in some parts of the world circumcising girls (female genital mutilation) is as common a practice as circumcising boys, I wanted to use this to spark rethinking every chance I had. When the questioner would find out I knew I was having a girl and tried to use that to explain my choice to not circumcise, I told them, ‘I wouldn’t circumcise if the child were a boy, either.’

Adrienne Carmach (holistic urologist and medical doctor specializing in functional medicine, also the author of “Reclaiming My Birth Rights”)

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“Social networks are more than just repositories for trivial, snap judgments; they are more than merely convenient outlets for mindless joy and outrage. They offer more than the common ground and the solace we may find during culturally significant moments. Social networks also provide us with something of a flawed but necessary conscience, a constant reminder that commitment, compassion, and advocacy neither can nor ever should be finite.”

Roxanne Gay (b. 1974, American feminist writer, professor, editor, and commentator; associate professor of English at Purdue University; contributing op-ed writer at The New York Times; founder of Tiny Hardcore Press; and author of “Bad Feminist” and “An Untamed State”)

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“Poverty is not only a lack of money, it’s a lack of sense of meaning.”

— David Bornstein

When researching today’s word, Advocate, I felt extremely proud to be a global citizen living and thriving on this very intense magical planet.

While researching the quotes around today’s word, I gleaned so many amazing political activists and social entrepreneurs and innovators.  My Gosh!  I am in awe to discover and remember so many compassionate men and women humanitarians, those who are on the leading edge in pushing our evolutionary boundaries.   These divine warriors work as crusaders in fighting against global poverty, spiritual suffering, and political unrest.

We are living in challenging and spectacular times!  Can you not feel it?  We are in an age where we get to choose how deeply and more consciously we live!

It makes me so hopeful for all of humanity.  Not only are these social innovators leading us to our great unknown.  But, so are many of our artists, musicians, scientists, educators, etc.

This weekend, I had the privilege to watch Beyoncé’s new short film based on her album, Lemonade.  Like it or not, Queen B is taking us on a journey to places in our past, present, and future we have never integrated before.  And those doors Beyoncé is opening for us will never be closed again.  She’s provoking all of us to wake up and be more, like most of these social entrepreneurs and advocates are doing in their own arenas.

Take notes, my friends, there’s so much more to co-create and to collaborate forward!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya






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