1980s

Presbytery Project on Peacekeeping (1981)

Thirteen jurors, selected from the membership of Twin Cities Presbyterian churches, were asked to review dilemmas of foreign and military policy. They made recommendations to the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area as to what should be done regarding the peacemaking, as mandated by the General Assembly of the national church.

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Agricultural Impacts on Water Quality (1984)

Sixty juries in five Citizens Juries around the state of Minnesota examined the impacts of agriculture on water quality. The project was conducted for a Steering Committee of 11 organizations, including four state agencies, the two major farm groups and two environmental groups. This was the first official Citizens Jury and was the first to meet during the day, rather than on a succession of evenings.

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Organ Transplants (1986)

Twenty-four jurors were assembled to review some of the bio-ethical dilemmas regarding organ transplants. An advisory committee of health care professionals in Minnesota sponsored the jury.

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School-Based Clinics (1988)

Eight 12-person juries were held around the state of Minnesota, one in each congressional district. The jurors were asked to evaluate the usefulness of school-based clinics to help prevent teen pregnancy, AIDS and other STDs. A statewide jury of 24 jurors made the final recommendations. The Health and Human Services Committee of the Minnesota Senate sponsored the jury.

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St. Paul Mayoral Election (1989)

Twenty-four jurors rated the two major candidates for mayor of St. Paul, Minn. on key issues of the campaign during the general election. The League of Women Voters of both St. Paul and Minnesota sponsored the project.

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