Tikkun Olam: First-time Reflections on JRLC's Day on the Hill

Tikkun Olam: First-time Reflections on JRLC's Day on the Hill

In the spirit of “tikkun olam” (a Hebrew phrase which translates to “healing the world”), over...

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  • Tikkun Olam: First-time Reflections on JRLC's Day on the Hill

    Tikkun Olam: First-time Reflections on JRLC's Day on the Hill

  • Theatrical Advocacy: iCAN and blank slate theatre's  BOTTOM

    Theatrical Advocacy: iCAN and blank slate theatre's BOTTOM

  • Practically Payday Lending

    Practically Payday Lending

  • Greetings from the New JRLC Intern: Breanne Royer!

    Greetings from the New JRLC Intern: Breanne Royer!

  • Hard Work Just Isn't Enough: Raise the Wage!

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Thank You Postcard Underground!

JRLC's recent trip to International Falls (thanks Pat for a great meeting!) got me thinking about one of my mentors, David Krogseng.

PostcardsDavid grew up in the Falls where his father, Peter Krogseng, served as mayor. David was raised to be a citizen-leader and rose to prominence as state chair of the Republican Party in Minnesota. He was a respected public affairs consultant, and in the 1980s, served as volunteer President of the Mental Health Association of Minnesota where he led effective organizing and legislative advocacy. David taught me the art of organizing road trips — connecting with the people of the state for common purpose, for the health of our democracy  and for the benefit of everyone. I loved the way he bounded into the main street newspaper office, barber shop, post office, or coffee shop.

David was big on expressing thanks to those serving in the public arena. No doubt he had a close-up view of his dad taking lots of phone calls at home dealing with people unhappy about one thing or another. He probably noted that his dad was more eager to help those who were polite and thankful while making their demands. Simple lesson.

I try to emphasize the power of thanking elected officials whenever I give  "how to lobby" presentations — intellectually, this makes perfect sense — people are more apt to work with and champion the causes of people who give them affirmation and respect.

At JRLC, the power of "thank you" just got clearer. For the past ten days or so the daily mail delivery includes one or two thank you postcards. The Postcard Underground (I wish I knew more about this stealthy group!) mobilized its network to send JRLC thank you notes on wonderful postcards. Each card has a handwritten thank you message and artwork on the reverse that ranges from kitschy to beautiful to provocative. It's been a real lift and our whole office is even more charged up to champion our interfaith causes. 

Krogseng told me, "you can't thank legislators enough." Good advice. And thanks to the Postcard Underground for making this clear!

Brian Rusche
executive director

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JRLC Constituent Poll

Which achievement of the 2013 legislative session do you find most satisfying?

The tax bill, including $1.1 billion in revenue from the new top tier income tax - 62.5%
Homes for All successes, including $21.1 million for affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs and $7 million for services for the homeless - 25%
Improvements to health care access, including expanded coverage and the creation of the health insurance exchange - 0%
Improvements to MFIP, including $23 million for housing allowances for families and the repeal of the family cap - 12.5%
$2.8 million in funding for statewide services for human trafficking victims - 0%
Other - 0%
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