clarion call

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clarion call

A call to action. The mayor's clarion call to eliminate poverty in the city prompted a number of local organizations to work together to address the problem.
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David Truskoff's "Rebirth Of A Realist: Voices From History 'America Save Yourself'" is a clarion call for political and social realists to save the very soul of our country from the right-wing generated decisions, policies, practices, and imperatives that have resulted in America's dysfunctional foreign relations and deteriorating domestic social conditions.
Too frequently be bursts into print and sounds a clarion call to reform the system from top to bottom.
The Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World epitomizes the message, its opening sentence a clarion call: "The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well." The document affirms that "today, there is an inescapable duty to make ourselves the neighbor of every individual, without exception." And it repeats an ancient teaching that "people are bound to come to the aid of the poor and to do so not merely out of their superfluous goods."