Lobbying legislators are the Achilles heel of grassroots movements, which explains why these organizations never seem to get anywhere with regards to pushing forward with their agenda. Like the issue of police misconduct, for example. When two aspects of the government, namely law creation and law enforcement are so close together, the fight to drive a deep wedge between the two often becomes quixotic. Only a charismatic representative with a knack for convincing legislators can be the best secret weapon.
Two landmark cases come to the fore, courtesy of two countries. Accordingly, in Canada, alleged British Columbia bomb plotters were exonerated recently. An unequivocal judge has ruled that the local police has overreached by planting evidence in order to frame up the suspects. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the police have been involved for some time now in the extrajudicial killing of suspected drug addicts.
In this case, police actions are being orchestrated from the highest office of the land, no less than the presidency of the Philippines. A confessed former drug addict who is proud of his recovery, President Rodrigo Duterte believes that the drug problem has escalated so much in his country that no other solution presents itself other than to weed out all vestige of drug usage. In the United States, police forces in many cities are increasingly being accused of using undue force as well as suppression in rallies where white and black classes are involved.
At the same time, many Americans in uniform are increasingly being suspected of racial profiling when it comes to arresting black or people of Middle Eastern descent in traffic violation and terrorism-related crimes. Until the representatives on the other side of the fence learn to use exquisite tactics in lobbying legislators on their side, the status quo is highly like to remain. Thus, there is no end in sight for as long as human rights and other movements are still waiting for a savior who can give these organizations ample ammunition to level with police forces in pursuing organizational causes.
As it sits today, the battle is being fought at the lawmaking level instead of at the point where the law is being exercised. However, for any grassroots organization to thrive, it must have more than adequate representation in both the lobbying and the policing levels of government. Only such a two-pronged approach can ensure success.
Accordingly, people who are involved in hiring individuals to represent their causes in civil actions must be cognizant of the two-pronged approach to pursuing their political and other agendas. If not, these non-governmental organizations might do well to break down the said position into two individuals with two distinct portfolios. In other words, lobbying the lawmakers isn’t enough. It’s just one side of the coin.
A strong personality with an equally strong background in criminology and the police organization–complete the picture. It’s a picture that has been sadly missing in many cause-oriented groups that to this day are still struggling to push their causes along the front lines.
In creative terms, non-profits and other similar organizations must have in their midst or in their employ a person with the character of the movies’ Mockingjay. Man or woman, such a persona should be able to rally the masses into realizing their shared goals. Beauty, looks or charisma may not be mandatory requirements. Nevertheless, they help a great deal no matter how subliminally in a battle of battles. For ultimately, the battle is all about grit, first impression, and psychology.