JRLC on KFAI

Our Executive Director, Anne Krisnik, was on KFAI’s "Truth to Tell" on June 6th, 2016.  She, along with Senator Patricia Torres Ray from District 63 and Sarah Walker of the Second Chance coalition explored the ups and downs of this past legislative session.
 
 
 
 

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"Justice We Pursue" Blog

JRLC recently sent a letter to Minnesota's Congressional Delegation to express concern about provisions within the current version of the AHCA that would cut health care to thousands of low-income Minnesotans. Please see a copy of the letter below:

 

 

Moving Families into Economic Stability

JRLC's 2017 legislative agenda is focused on assisting families in their work to achieve economic stability. To help us advocate for these issues, please register for our 2017 Day on the Hill. You're always welcome to contact our office if you have thoughts on or questions about getting more engaged in advocacy.

More information on each of our agenda items will be added to our website within the coming weeks. 

Strengthen the Safety Net for Low-income Families and Children

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) provides work support and temporary cash assistance for children and their parents - often low wage workers between jobs. MFIP cash assistance for a family of three is a maximum of $532 per month. It has not changed since 1986. We support an increase of $100 per month for these families. 

Remove the Marriage Disincentive for Families on MFIP

Under current law, parents on MFIP often lose their benefits when they marry, based on the addition of the new spouse's income. This loss of benefits creates a disincentive for couples to marry. We know children benefit from stable families with two parents. Under our proposal, families participating in MFIP would be eligible to continue their participation for 18 months after they marry, without regard to the new spouse's income. They would receive no additional funds for marrying. 

Improve the Working Family Credit and Increase Assets for Working Families

The Working Family Credit provides a tax credit for working people with lower incomes, helping them meet basic needs and support their families. JRLC supports expansion of the Credit to provide tax relief to these families and to include younger workers.

Hello, JRLC supporters! My name is Rebecca Mendelsohn, and I recently began an internship here at JRLC. I am originally from New York and currently study Political Science and Human Rights/Humanitarianism at Macalester College.

For as long as I can remember I have been deeply frustrated by inequality. This fundamental conviction has led me to pursue as many volunteer, mentorship, and internship opportunities as possible. Simultaneously, I have done my best to develop this passion from an academic standpoint as well. Eventually, my desire to help others led me to JRLC.

My biggest take away from my time at JRLC thus far has been my heightened appreciation for all of the behind the scenes work that goes into social justice advocacy. Change does not just happen. It takes time and effort. It takes the endless dedication of an ambitious cohort of people. I have also quickly learned that advancing social justice work is possible in many ways. For example, I recently completed a brief research project on the relationship between what state citizens pay in taxes, and how much state programs cost. This project is intended to inform community members where exactly their money is going within the state. The driving thought behind this was to increase awareness on what specific program areas Minnesotans should be advocating for in terms of increasing, or decreasing, levels of state funding. To me, this project serves as an example of how a seemingly unrelated venture can have a direct, and substantial effect on social justice work.

Looking forward, and thinking in terms of long-term career goals, I know I want to continue to dedicate myself to human rights work. In what capacity, though, I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that JRLC has, and is, providing me with an invaluable plethora of skills. Skills I will be able to utilize in many different contexts concerning human rights and social justice work in the future.

--Rebecca Mendelsohn, Macalester '16 (yes, I play ice hockey -- a goalie!)

Faithful Voices in the Public Square

January 28, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Join us for a screening of the film "Sisters of Selma" followed by a community conversation on the ways in which Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths continue to call people to the work of justice. Sr. Barbara Moore, CSJ, who is featured in the film will be joining us along with other local voices. This interfaith event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jennifer Nelson at (612) 230-3232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sponsored by JRLC and the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet.

Whether it is the lights twinkling on Christmas trees, the small flames of the Menorah candles, or the stars that emerge as the night descends upon us in the early evening, this is the season of light emerging in the darkness. That commemoration of light that pierces the darkness can also be seen in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic commemorations occurring this time of year.

Jewish communities recently observed Hanukkah, during which they celebrate a time when a small group of Jews drove out a mighty army to reclaim the Temple then experienced the miracle of Temple menorah (candelabra) continuing to burn for 8 nights when it only had enough oil for one night.

This year, Mawlid an-Nabi, the Islamic commemoration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad also falls during this time of year. Muslims revere the Prophet Muhammad as the final messenger and greatest prophet of God who brought them the light of revelation in their holy text, the Qu’ran.

Christians are soon to celebrate the birth of Jesus, who is sometimes referred to as “the Light of the World.” They believe him to be the Son of God who is one with God, being both fully human and fully divine. He is viewed as the greatest expression of God’s love to humanity.

While we commemorate these spiritual expressions of light, we can’t ignore that our world often seems full of darkness. We read of war, murder, injustice, division, and discrimination. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So we look to these points of light to maintain hope.

Here at JRLC we are in the business of seeking legislative justice. We strive to join together for the common good in spite of our differences in order to build a stronger Minnesota. In essence this is also an act of bringing light into places of darkness – working to eliminate the darkness of inequity and injustice in our state policies.

As a new year is nearly upon us, we hope that whatever your tradition is, you take the time to pause from the chaos of the world and busyness of daily life to reflect on the hope that occurs when a point of light disrupts the darkness. Look for ways to be a bearer of that light. Carry it to the places of darkness within our communities.  In the words of St. Francis of Assisi…

“All the darkness in the world, cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”