The Legislative Advocacy Partners Working Group

Working for Systemic Change in 2021  

The LAP Working Group has been extremely active this year.  Some highlights of our work this year including: 

  • 14 LAP alerts with some very positive outcomes this past year. 
  • 39% over-all engagement rate of our LAPartners in our advocacy alerts. 
  • 1,000+ participants engaged in Justice Commission’s Working & Task Group events, most notably Our Broken Health Care System and Impacts of COVID Event, Carondelet Sisters’ Border Experiences – Panel Event and an ERA NOW Event. 
  • 14 LAP advocacy trainings and refreshers sessions throughout 2020-2021. 
  • 6 direct advocacy visits with elected officials with 200+ community members participating in these ZOOM visits.  
  • 3 circle conversations with candidates hosted by Joan Wittman at Carondelet Village. 
  • 28 new LAPartners trained and joining our 276 member strong alert network. 
  • One hundred+ notes sent to our legislators through different grassroots postcard/letter writing campaigns. 
  • 10 Opportunities of Raising our Voice through several public statements/letters to the editor.  
  • Advocating in new ways this past year including with our elected officials, in public comment processes, with Administrative Law Judges.
  • Participating in monthly prayer vigils for immigrants with the CSJ Immigration Working Group and Interfaith Coalition On Immigration (ICOM). 

Check out the full 2020-2021 Annual Report of the LAP Working Group and their exciting outcomes by contacting the Justice Office for a copy. 

Working for Systemic Change in 2021  

The LAP Working Group co-hosted and participated in JRLC legislative visits this Spring Legislative Session.  Over 60 Constituents from MN District 64 (including over 26 members from the CSJ Community) engaged Senator Erin Murphy and Representatives Kaohly Her (64A) and Dave Pinto (64B) in a “townhall” style meeting in which we discussed the need for Bonding Dollars for Emergency Shelter and Services, giving courts more authority over Driver’s License Suspensions/Fines, support for increases to Child Care Assistance, and advocating against Cuts to Safety Net Programs.   

Watch for LAP action alerts or check out the CSJ Take Action webpage in order to participate in on-going advocacy opportunities. We thank everyone that put their faith into action and are working collectively for systemic change.  

“Lawrence D. Gibson” Interfaith Social Justice Award

Congratulations to CSJ Consociate and LAP member, Joan Wittman, for receiving the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) 2019 “Lawrence D. Gibson” Interfaith Social Justice Award.

Mission and Goals

The Legislative Advocacy Partners Working Group promotes action(s) for justice.

  • Support voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts for the Fall 2020 Election.
  • Provide education, training, tools, and opportunities to the Justice Commission’s Working and Task Groups, our partners, i.e., St. Catherine’s University, LAPartners, Carondelet Village and others to engage in legislative advocacy on federal and state levels
  • Increase the engagement (rate) of LAP Alerts
  • Compile and distribute action alerts
  • Improve upon the existing system of tracking engagement actions using SurveyMonkey.

For more information contact Marty Roers at 651-690-7054 or