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:


Louisiana EITC Fact Sheet

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

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Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet

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

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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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Access to Paid Sick Days in Louisiana

New report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that approximately 41 percent of all workers (45 percent of private sector workers, compared with 17 percent of public sector workers) living in Louisiana lack even a single paid sick day.

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The H. James Yamauchi, S.J., Lectures in Religion

JSRI Director, Fr. Fred Kammer will give the Spring 2015 lecture on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM. His talk is titled “Exodus, Pilgrimage, and Jubilee Solidarity: How Today’s Immigration Crisis Challenges People of Faith"

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CPPP Releases New Report on the State of TX Children

New report finds expanded Pre-K, health care coverage among policy solutions that could help make Texas the #1 state for kids.

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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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