Advocacy is one of the primary activities of JSRI and takes a number of forms. Institute staff, collaborators, and stakeholders engage in advocacy on social and economic issues through researching legislative issues, providing testimony to legislative bodies, meeting and corresponding with legislators and staff members of the region, representing our concerns in local, state, and national administrative forums, and conducting public events such as hearings and press conferences. JSRI offers assistance to other advocates by providing background research for testimony and participating in collaborative campaigns to promote values such as the common good and the preferential option for the poor, and by integrating public ethics into the fostering of public policy.
- Staff work with local Catholic groups, state Catholic Conferences, and other advocates on both national and state legislative issues; and
- The JustSouth Quarterly and JustSouth E-newsletter include a focus on current legislative and administrative issues and initiatives dealing with poverty, race, and migration in the region, the nation, and in sending countries.
- Staff offer individuals, colleagues, and the wider community the opportunity to join us in specific social justice advocacy efforts of your choice through our on-line VoterVoice advocacy network below.