Posted on Feb 27, 2015 by Nora Kassner

"When young people are engaged in the political process, they become more engaged in their communities even after the election.”
- Youth fellow Holden Platt, 16

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by Carin Mrotz

Tonight our hearts are broken that there will be no justice for a single black boy, or for his family and community, with whom we stand in grief and solidarity.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 by Carin Mrotz

Last night, President Obama announced his plan to use executive action to enable nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain here in the United States legally. We believe this represents a huge step in the right direction and would like to say thank you to The President, and to our allies and members who've worked tirelessly to fix a broken system, to see immigrants treated with dignity, and to keep families together.

Over the past month, JCA has partnered with the League of Women Voters, the Intergenerational Working Group*, and more to put on a series of candidate forums, so our members can better get to know the candidates running to represent them.

Several of them had cameras on hand to record the forums, and we want to share those videos with you, whether you were unable to attend or just wish to view again. Click on the forum below to be taken to the video.

Minnesota House Districts 48A and B

We are thrilled and honored to announce that JCA has been recognized in the inaugural Midwest Edition of the Slingshot guide.

Posted on Apr 04, 2014 by Gabe Kravitz

“This American Life”, one of my favorite public media shows, recently aired an episode called “House Rules” and it sang to me.  If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the entire podcast or read the transcript, it’s a must. Featuring ProPublica journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the hour-long show takes listeners through the story of how race and zip code have been used to determine access to opportunity in America, and still are today.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 by Emily Mininsohn

Although I've been inside the Minnesota State Capitol many times - even had the opportunity to speak at press conferences and rallies there in 2013 as I fought for my home after foreclosure and as we fought to get the Home Owners Bill of Rights passed, never had I ever really seen the place until JCA sponsored the "Power Tour" in February.

Posted on Mar 06, 2014 by Rachel English

Whenever C-SPAN came up as I flipped through channels as a child, it looked so…boring! Old white men in gray suits talking into microphones. But last week, in person, in Senate Office Building Room 5, with its rows of observer chairs flanking the central circle where the legislators presided, I felt like I was watching a spectator sport. A blow from the pro side, a parry from the anti, a left jab, then a right.

Posted on Feb 06, 2014 by Emily Mininsohn

Since joining JCA’s staff in mid-January, I’ve been spending lots of time getting to know the organization’s culture, work, and core values. It was lucky and fitting then that the first event I attended as a staff member was one that illustrated beautifully what JCA values and strives for. At A Conversation with Minnesota Legislators, I witnessed excellent collaborative organizing in action and met many passionate and engaged activists from our community.

JCA staffer Ari Kiener reflects on this past Sunday's Annual Meeting and Member Celebration, and calls on all JCA supporters to get more involved in our work, if not every day than at least for one (hint hint: Give to the Max Day is on November 14!).