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.