3 Eagles visit state capitol to lobby for criminal justice reform

Three Eagles players, just hours after defeating Washington during Monday Night Football, headed to the state capitol to lobby for criminal justice reform.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins, who's been raising his fist during the national anthem, along with wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive end Chris Long reportedly took a two-hour train ride around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to meet with legislators and advocates in Harrisburg, Pa.

For those who ask what are protesters doing besides kneeling, this is some of it.

"It takes a lot of sacrifice but the ball has been rolled and that's a good thing," Jenkins told NBC Philadelphia. "We've seen other guys getting involved in their communities, other teams, other players. And, a lot of that comes from leading by example."

The trio is part of The Players Coalition, which looks to improve the relationship between police officers and the community. Jenkins began raising his fist during "The Star-Spangeled Banner" in Week 2 of last season to raise awareness for racial injustice, while Long started to put his arm around him during this preseason.

Related: See photos from Monday night's game: 

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Carson Wentz #11of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on after the Eagles' 34-24 win against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA PA - OCTOBER 23: Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz (11) runs for a first down during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 23, 2017. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA PA - OCTOBER 23: as the Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz (86) gets tripped up by Washington cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 23, 2017. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Eagles RB LaGarrette Blount (29) stiff-arms Redskins LB Junior Galette (58) in the second half during the game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Redskins QB Kirk Cousins (8) addresses his team in the huddle in the second half during the game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Eagles RB LaGarrette Blount (29) is tackled by Redskins LB Mason Foster (54) and DL Matt Ioannidis (98) in the second half during the game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) leaps for a first down reception during a NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Eagles won 34-24.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Jordan Reed #86 of the Washington Redskins scores a touchdown that is called back during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws an incomplete pass to Nelson Agholor #13 (not pictured) against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown by Zach Ertz #86 with Trey Burton #88 and Alshon Jeffery #17 during the second quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: The Philadelphia Eagles huddle during the first quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Zach Brown #53 of the Washington Redskins talk after the game on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Jenkins and Long were among those who met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and a select group of team owners last week about the protests. Afterward, Jenkins reportedly said he wanted to focus on advocating for criminal justice reform rather than fight over the national anthem. President Donald Trump has already taken many swipes at the NFL and its players for kneeling or raising their fists.

“I believe wholeheartedly in what I’m doing,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins told PennLive.com that he plans to discuss ending the money-bail system and push for the "Clean Slate Act" on Tuesday. The bill would mandate that criminal records for non-violent offenders would automatically be sealed within two months of being eligible.

"Here in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, we're the incarceration capital right now," Jenkins said last month. "[The Clean Slate Act] is not the entire solution, but it's a step in the right direction that would wipe people's criminal records clean after a period of 10 years, and we've been able to kind of support that and draw attention to that.

"The significance of it is the amount of discrimination that you face as somebody who has an arrest record or any kind of criminal record: You lose housing, you lose financial aid, loans for education — all of these different things."

This season, Long announced he's going to put his money where his mouth is — the Eagle says he's going to donate his final 10 game checks to support education equity initiatives. His first six game checks were used to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlotttesville, Va.

See more from Long and his NFL family: 

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HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: TV personality and former NFL player Howie Long celebrates with son Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 16: After the practice ended, Patriots defensive end Chris Long (#95, right) held his five-month-old son Waylon, as Chris' brother (#and Waylon's uncle), Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long (left) leaned in and tried to entertain his nephew. The New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears held a joint practice session at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 16, 2016, in preparation for their NFL exhibition game Thursday night. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 18: Chicago Bears head coach John Fox (left), has a word and a hand for the Long brothers, Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long (center) and New England Patriots defensive lineman Chris Long (right) on the field after a preseason game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Aug. 18, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 24: Defensive end Chris Long #91 of the Virginia Cavaliers stands with his father and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long before Chris' jersey retirement during pregame of their matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium on November 24, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long and his son, the St. Louis Rams first round draft pick Chris Long during the 2008 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots speaks to father Howie Long before Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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"I'm playing the entire 2017 NFL season without collecting income because I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America," Long had written in a statement on PledgeIt.org.

The Eagles (6-1) face the Niners (0-7) at home on Sunday.

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