What We Do
JRLC Issue Papers
We research and publish Issue Papers on pressing social justice issues in Minnesota. We explore interfaith religious principles and expert policy analysis. We make recommendations to the citizens of Minnesota and the State Legislature. We published a new paper on human trafficking in Minnesota in the spring of 2012, and we have recently released a new paper on payday lending. Issue papers are posted here.
Advocacy at the State Capitol
JRLC operates two advocacy networks to bring about the recommendations of our issue papers:
The JRLC Legislative Network involves over 8,000 faithful citizen/volunteers who act upon timely action alerts, issue briefings, and organize activities to shape public policy.
JRLC's Interfaith Children's Advocacy Network (iCAN) is a passionate, faithful network of over 200 Key Advocates who speak out in their congregations on behalf of children experiencing poverty or abuse.
On March 13, 2014 we will convene our Day on the Hill conference at RiverCentre and the State Capitol. Participants are briefed on social justice issues and then visit members of the legislature. Last year's event attracted over 750 people from all 67 of Minnesota's 67 senate districts!
Organizing for Social Justice
We conduct action-oriented forums, workshops, and institutes which focus on faith and citizenship. We tap into deeply held religious principles and organize faithful citizens across Minnesota to build civic capacity for our advocacy work and for a healthier democracy. We issue timely action alerts, mobilizing our networks into the policy-making process.
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