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In 2011, activists from
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis approached JRLC and told us their story of how they developed an interest in payday lending. Their work inspired JRLC to take a closer look at payday lending and to get involved in efforts to reform the practice in Minnesota. Members of our Board, assisted by staff, researched the issue in Minnesota and developed a detailed, interfaith position on the issue. 

In the Spring of 2013, JRLC published our issue paper, Payday Lending in Minnesota (PDF), which has been approved by our four sponsors: the Islamic Center of Minnesota, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, and the Minnesota Council of Churches. As a result, JRLC kicked off our work and partnership with Holy Trinity at the July 2013 Day on the Grill and November 2013 Summit on Predatory Payday Lending in Minnesota.

During the 2014 Legislative Session, JRLC, along with Holy Trinity, took an active leadership position advocating for payday lending reform through the campaign Minnesotans for Fair Lending.


JRLC is helping to spearhead the campaign working toward payday lending reform in Minnesota. The endorsing organizations of Minnesotans for Fair Lending are:

AccountAbility MN
A Minnesota Without Poverty
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Camphor Fiscally Fit Center
Children's Defense Fund - MN
Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness
Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
His Works United
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Minneapolis
Jewish Community Action
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
Justice & Witness Team of the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ
Legal Services Advocacy Project
Linden Hills United Church of Christ - Minneapolis
Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MN
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Minnesota Community Action Partnership
Minnesota Credit Union Network
Minnesota Foodshare
Minnesota Partners to End Hunger
Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance
National Association of Social Workers - MN Chapter
Neighborhood Development Alliance
Open Access Connections
Spirit of Hope Community - Sunfish Lake
St. Stephen's Human Services
United Food & Commercial Workers 1189
Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis
YWCA of Minneapolis