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.

Read more about our advocacy efforts:


JSRI's Ali Bustamante illustrates White House's findings on Medicaid Expansion in 2016

From the 06/05/15 White House Study, Gulf South states would benefit the most from Medicaid Expansion in 2016.

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Dr. Mikulich urges Congressman Cedric Richmond to support strengthening the CFPB's initial payday ruling

"I urge you to sign on to Congressman Terrell F. Waters letter to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mr. Richard Cordray to strengthen the CFPB’s payday lending rule."

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Fr. Kammer testifies in support of HB 70

"This bill would raise the state percentage of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 3.5%---the lowest in the nation--- to 7%. The national average for state EITC is 16% of the Federal EITC."

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Louisiana EITC Fact Sheet Available

Louisiana’s EITC: Investing in Our Families and Our Economy

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Dr. Mikulich Urges Louisiana Judiciary Committee to Support SB241

"I am writing to urge you to take a significant step to address our state’s fiscal crisis and reducing over-incarceration."

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Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet Available

Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana: Caring for Our Families and Our Economy

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JSRI PRESS RELEASE: JSRI Response to CFPB Initial Ruling

JSRI comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's initial rule on payday lending.

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Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Justice and Compassion for Immigrants

This Thursday, April 16 6-7:00 in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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On March 26th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that they are considering proposing rules that would end payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers can repay their loans.

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Loyola New Orleans National Lawyers Guild Presents Student Week Against the Death Penalty

JSRI will sponsor and participate in upcoming events at the Loyola Law School targeted to spread awareness about the death penalty and its implications.

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