Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change
As much as possible, we follow this sequence in our all of our advocacy work. We advocate both for individuals needing assistance with care issues and for changes in laws, regulations, and policies that negatively impact people needing long-term care services and supports.
Step One: Information Gathering
Step Two: Education
We research relevant information, best practices, laws, regulations, and media reports to fully assess the situation
Step Three: Personal Commitment
We determine whether we, as Voices, and the individuals or groups involved are committed to finding a solution
Step Four: Negotiations
In the case of a violation of a state or federal law or regulation, we seek immediate enforcement.
In all other cases, we negotiate with the decision-makers to find a satisfactory solution to the problem
Step Five: Direct Action
When steps 1-4 do not produce an acceptable solution, we begin direct advocacy actions including alerting media
Step Six: Reconciliation
We conduct actions in all 6 steps in a way that will allow a reconciliation with any and all opponents at a future time
Very often, we end such actions with a new mutual respect on all sides and a far better working relationship
Sometimes, this is not possible. However, we do what is necessary to protect the interests of our people.
6 Steps from–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.