Sidewalk Advocacy: An Insider’s Look

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We’re excited to share with you our latest episode from The Empowered Advocate podcast, Sidewalk Advocacy: An Insider’s Look. On this episode, we interview Carla Stowers, team leader for the GPCC sidewalk advocacy team. She gives an insider’s perspective of what takes place on the sidewalk outside of an abortion facility in Greensboro.

Carla shares her story about how she got involved as an advocate despite initially saying there was “no way” she’d ever serve in such a role. Carla talks about the dynamics between pregnancy center volunteers and abortion facility volunteers, the strong community she’s built with her fellow advocates, and a story of a woman who chose life.

Listen to the episode below, watch it on our YouTube channel, or listen wherever you can find podcasts. Check out the timestamps below to jump to each question/topic we discuss. We hope this gives you a better idea of what sidewalk advocacy is all about, and maybe even encourages you to take the next step and come to our next Open House on Monday, May 20 (which you can register for by clicking here).

You can also see below a list of links and resources mentioned within the episode. Happy listening!

Links Mentioned in Episode:

  1. Register for the next Open House event
  2. Short video about sidewalk advocacy
  3. Love Life Triad – prayer walks weekly outside abortion facility
  4. ‘Fighting for Women Through Sidewalk Advocacy’ – a story from the sidewalk

Show Notes

0:00 – Intro

0:40 – What is sidewalk advocacy?

1:50 – Meet Carla, Team Leader of Sidewalk Advocacy

3:08 – How Carla became a sidewalk advocate

6:30 – The first day: expectations vs. reality

9:43 – What is the atmosphere like out on the sidewalk?

11:57 – What does an advocate actually do when a woman comes to the abortion facility?

16:15 – Carla shares a story about a client who chose life

22:54 – The community of sidewalk advocates

25:45 – Interacting with abortion facility volunteers

27:50 – What should someone do if he/she is interested in sidewalk advocacy?

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