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Potluck advocacy for all
February 21, 2014

I clam up in formal, plated dining situations. 

How do I ask for the vegetarian option?

And, so many utensils! I am led to believe there's a proper usage for each.

Is coffee for dessert, or is it okay to drink it throughout the meal? The latter is what feels right to me.

And don't even get me started with knives! Me and knives do not get along in any situation. But when I have to coordinate a knife’s use with a fork in the other hand, it is not pretty. 

As such, when I am in a formal dining situation, I usually wait for those around me to act first. I follow their lead. And, I go home hungry, as I think it's improper to ask for the bread basket too much.

Now, invite me to a potluck, and I'm there. I know how to participate. I make one of my best dishes.  I put it in a presentable pot or bowl. When I arrive at the dinner, I put my offering where the rest of the entrées are. I pick up a spoon (the safest utensil for klutzy me) and dig in. Second and third helpings not only happen ... they are usually encouraged. I go home stuffed, happy, and like I participated in a fun community event.

So what's this got to do with Beacon?  Or homelessness?

I'm guessing some of you clam up when I ask you to participate in advocacy.

You think "politics," and then think, "That's what other people do."                                                                                                                          

So let's get something out of the way. When I invite you to participate in advocacy, I'm inviting you to a potluck. 

You know what to contribute. You care about ending homelessness. Maybe you've volunteered with our Families Moving Forward program or your congregation has partnered with us to develop affordable housing. That's your expertise.

Who better to advocate for an end to homelessness than you?

If you want to come to the ending homelessness potluck (or know others who would), click here.

Michael Dahl
Michael is Beacon's advocacy coordinator.