By Sam Jackson 

It was suggested that I finish these comments on advocacy with a positive quote! One of the few quotes I know off by heart is Albert Camus (French existentialist): “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.”

But that didn’t seem to have much direct relevance to advocacy. I could have tried to make some convoluted argument that it does – but to be honest the only connection I could make is that in football as with advocacy sometimes the best thing to do is shout – a lot and very loudly.

Maybe a quote on how important advocating for the health of people in the midst of the covid crisis would be more appropriate – something that captured the importance of society and mutual aid and getting the balance of physical and emotional needs right in such a crisis. I scanned the internet for some inspirational politician who could sum that up. Well, least said soonest mended, let’s just say I couldn’t find anything.

I considered how Advocacy Awareness week is also in the middle of Black History month and how as well as being the year of covid it has also been the year of Black Lives Matter. There were many inspiring quotes from the past that I found but none that really captured what I was after. And when you’re in the middle of a historically significant moment it seemed there should be someone who was able to capture that for future historians to point to and say – they ‘got it’.

So hopefully in future years Advocacy Awareness week and Black History month will be able to proudly claim this quote from Marcus Rashford as representative of how speaking up for people and against injustice is always needed:

 “I don’t have the education of a politician, many on Twitter have made that clear today, but I have a social education having lived through this and having spent time with the families and children most affected. These children matter... And as long as they don't have a voice they will have mine.”