ad·vo·ca·cy | \ˈad-və-kə-sē \

Definition of advocacy 

: the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal : the act or process of advocating (see advocate entry 2) something known for his advocacy of gay rights

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The group received principal funding from the Action Now Initiative, an advocacy organization founded by hedge fund manager John Arnold and his wife Laura. NBC News, "Group pledges millions to attack candidates over drug prices," 12 July 2018 She and another parent shared the stories of their families — and their perspectives and concerns as parents — with leaders of historically black colleges and universities who gathered for a summit at the LGBT rights advocacy organization. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "For second year, leaders of HBCUs gather to discuss LGBT inclusion," 12 July 2018 Last month, Asbury became the first facility in the Washington, D.C., region to receive LGBT-friendly certification from SAGECare, a program run by SAGE, a national advocacy organization for older LGBT people. Tara Bahrampour,, "Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors," 11 July 2018 Global Citizen, the international advocacy organization that targets extreme poverty, among other causes, today announced the lineup for its Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 2. Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Among Headliners at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100," 9 July 2018 At least half a million students a year are placed into such courses, The Hechinger Report has found, and many of them give up in frustration, according to the advocacy organization Complete College America. Jon Marcus, star-telegram, "More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit," 7 July 2018 The report was written by Heather McGhee, a distinguished senior fellow at the equality focused research and advocacy organization Demos, and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-council of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks advisers say anti-racial bias training should be just the start," 2 July 2018 Schachter set up his advocacy organization, named Safe Schools for Alex Foundation, after the massacre. Paula Mcmahon,, "At FBI summit in DC, Parkland dad Max Schachter calls for more school security," 27 June 2018 Take a look at this map by HIV/AIDS advocacy organization amfAR, recently resurfaced by University of Texas Austin clinical assistant professor Lucas Hill: amfAR As the map shows, the programs are banned in most of the South and much of the West. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges have been exhaustively studied — and proved to work. But stigma remains.," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of advocacy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advocacy

Middle English advocacie "intercession," borrowed from Anglo-French advocassie "pleading," borrowed from Medieval Latin advocatia "patronage," from Latin advocātus advocate entry 1 + -ia -y entry 2

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ad·vo·ca·cy | \ˈad-və-kə-sē \

Legal Definition of advocacy 

1 : the profession or work of an advocate

2 : the action of advocating, pleading for, or supporting a cause or proposal a consequence of his moving advocacy— W. O. Douglas

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