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 

          We seek all available information on an issue from all viewpoints in order to fully understand the concerns involved

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.