Legislative Session Fails to Advance Racial Justice or Provide Adequate Investments In Minnesota’s FamiliesISAIAH released the following statement about the just concluded session and its historic failure to pass legislation advancing racial and economic justice in Minnesota:
“This session presented a major opportunity to address the crisis of our state’s growing racial and economic inequity by putting families and communities first. Clergy and people of faith looked to our elected leaders to move beyond the status quo with courageous leadership to make our state one that reflects our highest values and aspirations. Read More
Health Experts Say Paid Leave Policies Create Better Health OutcomesCommissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, and other health experts, joined faith and community leaders at the State Capitol for a press conference to bring attention to a new report released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with research that shows paid sick leave, paid family leave and other workplace policies that support job stability play a significant role in improving and supporting the health of families and communities.
Transit Riders, Faith and Community Groups Call For Expanded Public Transportation FundingOne hundred transit riders from ISAIAH, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and other members of the Move MN coalition joined with state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, State Senator Scott Dibble, Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, and State Representative Frank Hornstein in a rally outside the State Capitol, calling on the legislature to guarantee expanded public transportation as part of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan.
Faith and Community Leaders Announce Initiative to Close the Race Gap in Minnesota’s Juvenile Justice SystemOn Thursday February 5, faith leaders from African American communities and ISAIAH joined community and state leaders to announce their commitment to end racial disparities in Minnesota’s juvenile justice system.
“Our juvenile justice system is broken and racialized; and the time is now to repair it,” declared Rev. Ovester Armstrong, Jr., pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church in Minneapolis. “The lives of our young black boys are being destroyed by a system designed to punish for life rather than offer rehabilitation, forgiveness, and a hopeful vision and pathway for their future. We are committed to stand up for the humanity of our black youth and to call out the inhumanity of a system that fails to see the God in them.”
ISAIAH Unites Uncommon Coalition of Religious Voters Around Shared ValuesAmidst continued public dissatisfaction with our polarizing political climate, ISAIAH clergy and grassroots faith leaders launched a campaign to engage thousands of “low-propensity” religious voters across Minnesota around their faith identity and shared values, building and developing a coalition of people of faith who are committed to racial and economic justice.