agitate for

agitate for

To encourage and build support for a cause, especially by actively campaigning for it. The students have had great success agitating for more social events on campus, but the dean is still opposed to the idea.
See also: agitate, for
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

agitate for something

to stir up active support for something. The committee agitated for a change, but nothing was done.
See also: agitate, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

agitate for

v.
To stir up public support for some cause or issue: The union decided to agitate for better health insurance.
See also: agitate, for
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Mulade insisted that the Niger Delta people were no longer interested in arms struggle to agitate for the development of the region, saying that 'we can no longer put up with individuals masquerading as those agitating for the development of the region.
Wilkerson's original piece, since amended by the Times, left little need for guessing: Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer, Jewish billionaires, funneling money into groups like the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in order to spread falsehoods, agitate for war, and subject America's national security interests to their own.
I think you better join with me to agitate and agitate for justice and equality we can eat and pay the rent with NOW.