Lutherans in Minnesota

JRLC plans lobby day to address state needs

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is sponsoring its 2013 Day on the Hill on February 21, 2013. The theme for this year’s event is “Change Begins With Us.”

Alison Killeen addresses the citizen lobbyists at JRLC's 2012 Day on the Hill. Photo provided by JRLC

Participants will meet at St. Paul’s RiverCentre at 8:30 a.m. for registration, inspiration, and training. JRLC staff and board members will provide briefings on portions of the JRLC agenda on issues that are being debated and voted on at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Dr. Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances at the Islamic Society of North America, will be the keynote speaker at the morning event.

After a box lunch, buses will transport participants to the Capitol for a short rally in the Capitol Rotunda and meetings with legislators in the afternoon. During the rally JRLC will also recognize the recipients of the Interfaith Social Justice Community Award and the Lawrence D. Gibson Interfaith Social Justice Award.

“JRLC Day on the Hill is the must-go interfaith event for social justice in Minnesota every year,” said statewide organizer Alison Killeen. “People come to be together, in fellowship and in community, but more than anything, people come to make a real difference in people’s lives. This year in particular it will be vital to keep justice moving forward in Minnesota. It’s an exciting time to be at the Capitol!”

JRLC is an advocacy-based lobbying organization representing the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota. Each group is represented by three members on the JRLC board. Advocacy is offered only on issues that all four groups have independently agreed to.

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