Edmund Rice Advocacy (ERA) For Change, is a youth advocacy network, that stands for equality, human rights, and justice and solidarity with all people, and with the earth itself. Drawing upon the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, the Charter for Edmund Rice Education Australia, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we aim to work alongside Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders, Edmund Rice International, The Edmund Rice Centre, and other Edmund Rice networks around the world in advocating for a more just and peaceful world.
Our mission is to stand in solidarity with, and to amplify the voices of, those whose voices are rarely heard, or seldom answered. In particular, we aim to stand arm in arm with other young people around the world, to share their stories with the wider community, and to ask world leaders to ensure their rights and their inherent human dignity are respected and upheld.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus, and of Edmund Rice, we commit to the use of active non-violence. We do not rally against others, but stand for justice, peace, liberty, acceptance, and inclusion for all people and for the earth itself, and we advocate for informed, positive, peaceful, and compassionate actions that help build a better world for all.
With courage, living Jesus in our hearts forever, we commit always to 'speak up.'