Joint Religious Legislative Coalition

Interfaith Advocacy for Social Justice

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Bonding Bill Passes!

We are excited to announce that yesterday, after months of advocacy efforts and legislative negotiations, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bonding bill. Bonding for affordable housing was the top priority for the JRLC this session - and while it took longer than expected, we’re pleased to see bipartisan support for the bill which includes $100 million in Housing Infrastructure Bonds (HIB) and $16 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds. HIBs are Minnesota's main funding source for developing affordable housing, and GO bonds are for public housing.

We know we’ve asked you over and over to make calls, send emails and share stories about the housing crisis in your community. Thank you! These contacts showed the importance of housing specifically and the need for a bonding bill to address numerous other issues across our state. We know it can be hard to contact legislators repeatedly about the same issue - but it shows the importance of the issue and the depth of your concern. You make the difference!

A bonding package must originate in the House. The bill passed the House late Wednesday night with a 100-34 vote. You can read more about it here. On Thursday, the bill advanced to the Senate, where it passed with a 64-3 vote.

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What's happening now?

COVID-19 affects the wellbeing of our communities and exacerbates existing inequities. The JRLC continues to advocate for those most vulnerable during this time. To learn about our stances on emergency MFIP payments, child care provider rates, and driver's license suspensions, read our issue briefs.

Virtual district meetings are happening across the state! Thank you to those who have been able to participate so far. These meetings are a great way to connect with others in your area as well as your elected officials. 

Anne Krisnik, the JRLC's Executive Director, was interviewed about recent policies going into effect that make child care more accessible for low-income families. JRLC is a member of the Kids Can't Wait Coalition that works to implement policies that will benefit children, families, and the state of Minnesota. Read More...

For the JRLC's first Faith Forum, the Islamic Resource Group's Naaima Khan spoke about Islam and Ramadan. We are working on new, virtual programming, and the conversation offered Minnesotans across the state a chance to learn more about one of the JRLC's faith traditions. 

In October, guests from Saudi Arabia joined JRLC staff  to discuss the importance of inter-faith dialogue as well as public and religious education in Minnesota. They visited as part of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

Meet our Members


Patrice Critchley-Menor, Duluth

Patrice, from the Office of the Social Aspostolate in the Catholic Diocese of Duluth,  is a JRLC board member and has been an active and tireless advocate for Minnesotans who are struggling.  She loves to talk about the JRLC and the importance of the faith voice in the policy debate.  Look for her at Day on the Hill!