We couldn’t do our work without you!
JRLC is only as strong as its network members and local leaders. If you have a passion for justice & advocacy, a love of interfaith networking, and a desire to put your faith into action to make a difference on matters of social justice in Minnesota, sign up to be a JRLC district leader!
District leadership is a great chance to meet other justice-minded individuals, further develop your advocacy skills, and make a difference on important policy issues in Minnesota. District leaders help build support for social justice issues through relationship building, contacting legislators, hosting JRLC events/forums/workshops in their area, and facilitating their local delegation’s visits at the Capitol during our annual lobby day, Day on the Hill.
Activities District Leaders have done in the past include meeting with other advocates at their local coffee shop, hosting JRLC staff for a lobby training in their faith community, writing letters to the editor in their local paper, and hosting a performance of a play on human trafficking followed by a panel discussion, among many others.
JRLC will provide you with the support, training, materials, and information you need to take on this role. A full job description is listed below. We want to make sure that all 67 MN Senate Districts have a strong faithful voice on matters of social justice and our District Leaders help make that happen!
OBJECTIVE: District Leaders will promote social justice and the common good of all Minnesotans, as reflected in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, by helping to build, strengthen, and mobilize the JRLC network in her or his local senate district.
District co-Leaders are encouraged. Interfaith/Ecumenical Leadership Teams are preferred.
- During session, participate in regular webinars for briefings and strategies
- Upon receiving JRLC action alerts, take requested action and reach out to other JRLC advocates in your district to encourage them to do the same
- Build productive relationships with legislators
Day on the Hill
- Attend and Lead District delegation at Day on the Hill
- Recruit substitute to lead delegation if unable to attend Day on the Hill
- Invite others to attend DOH
- Set DOH appointments with legislators at least one month in advance
- Facilitate District Table Time
- Guide advocates through capitol and keep group organized throughout the day
- Debrief legislative meetings with district attendees
- Gather contact info of attendees and set a follow-up meeting with interested members
- Build relationships with other justice minded individuals in your district from both your own and other faith communities
- Meet with a small gathering of other dedicated JRLC advocates in your district at least once a year
- Coordinate one JRLC forum, event, or workshop in your district/region each year with support of JRLC staff
- Reach out to new congregations and communities in your senate district
- Invite individuals and congregations to become JRLC members
- Consider constructing a phone tree or email list among strong advocates in your district
- Recruit or suggest replacement leader(s) for your district if you are no longer able to fill the position
- Meet with Jennifer, JRLC Organizer, either in person or by phone once per year.
RESOURCES AND SUPPORT:
District Leaders will receive supportive resources and materials each Legislative Session including:
- Access to JRLC advocate contact information (phone and email address) in your district
- During the legislative session, monthly DL online meetings and issue briefings
- E-newsletters, action alerts, and ideas for further local action.
- JRLC Bulletin inserts, postcards, issue papers, DOH promotional materials, and sample letters to the editor
- Contact information of other district leaders in your region
- Discounted registration fee for Day on the Hill
- Support from JRLC staff
ANTICIPATED TIME COMMITMENT:
- Day on the Hill responsibilities – five hours, not including times spent at DOH
- Legislative Advocacy: February - May – five hours per month
- Direct Organizing: June – January – two hours per month
- JRLC District Leadership is a two-year commitment with opportunity for renewal