Justice, justice, you shall pursue.

– Deuteronomy 16:20

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Meet our Members: Tom Marver

Meet Tom Marver Tom Marver’s faith and core values motivate his work to push for justice for the least of these through JRLC. His faith drives him to work tirelessly in the pursuit of social justice through the legislative process. “During the session I’m at the capitol almost every day,” he shared. “I go to…

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Meet our Members: Tricia Grimes

Meet Tricia Grimes As a state employee for 38 years, Tricia Grimes learned quite a bit about how government works. In her roles as nonpartisan fiscal analyst for the Minnesota House of Representatives and legislative liaison for the Minnesota office of Higher Education, she saw how government can help working families and how it can…

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New Loan Regulations Favor Low-Income Consumers

Dear friends and colleagues: The JRLC has consistently worked to protect consumers trapped in payday loans – predatory loans which create a cycle in which borrowers become trapped in loans they can’t afford, needing to take on new debt to pay off old debt and paying the equivalent of more than 300% Annual Percentage Rate…

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Tips for Testifying at a Committee Hearing

Members of the general public are encouraged to testify before legislative committees. Here are suggestions to ensure testifying goes well: Contact the committee’s administrator or legislative assistant beforehand.Contact the committee’s administrator or legislative assistant, generally a day in advance, to get on the agenda. Arrive early. Come early to get acclimated and identify legislators. Introduce yourself. When…

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Writing to Your Legislator

Checklist for Writing a Letter Four Keys Be brief. Be legible. Be polite. Be timely. Strategy Write the right legislator at the right time. You want your letter to reach a decision-maker right before they vote on the issue. Responding quickly to organizational alerts is crucial. Dos and Don’ts Do keep your letter to a…

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Writing a Letter to the Editor

Writing an Effective Letter to the Editor Do:  Respond directly to a recent article, editorial, letter, or local event. Be sure to reference the publication date and title of the article. Focus on a single issue. Keep it brief. Stick to the publication’s word limit, usually 250 max, often less. Use verified facts. Start with…

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Meeting with Your Legislator

Checklist for A Meeting  Four Keys Be Prepared Be Respectful Stay on Topic Leave Behind a Written Summary Strategy Schedule brief meetings right before key actions. Schedule longer, in-depth meetings during interim. After social pleasantries, get right to the topic. Make your case. Ask politely for action. Listen to the reply and state what you…

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Calling Your Legislator

Checklist for Phone Calls  Four Keys Be brief. Be timely. Rehearse. Be prepared to leave a one-sentence message. Strategy If you cannot say what you need to say within three minutes, write a letter. Dos and Don’ts Do make notes and practice what you want to say. Do identify yourself. Do use bill numbers if…

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General Lobbying Guide

Two Keys Access—Your ability to talk to a legislator as someone you know. Credibility—Your believability on the subject you are discussing. Strategy Gain Access, Protect Credibility If you don’t have access you can’t gain credibility. If you lose credibility, you will lose access. Get to know your legislator. It may take time, but begin now.…

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