E-Newsletter: March 2016

E-Newsletter: March 2016


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March 2016

ISAIAH News: Acting on our Faith to Create a Different World

“The Whole Earth,” a Summit on the Environment and the Economy

450 people attended a summit organized by leaders in ISAIAH’s Northeast chapter to learn about actions we could take to make it possible for every Minnesotan, regardless of credit score or income, to become producers and consumers of clean energy. Several community leaders made commitments to use their influence to further these efforts and a senior executive from Xcel Energy agreed that Xcel would form a working group with ISAIAH and its allies to focus on specific ways to close the power gap. Read the full article here.

Extending the Northstar to St. Cloud

At a St. Cloud press event to advocate for the extension of Northstar, it was announced that 20 GRIP/ISAIAH leaders will travel to the State Capitol on March 10 to meet with elected officials. Some think the answer to economic development in Greater Minnesota is building prisons. GRIP/ISAIAH leaders would rather we invest in making us all more connected, co-creating thriving, flourishing communities. That’s what our leaders want for St. Cloud and that’s the message they will be bringing to the Capitol. Click here to read about the press conference in an article published in the St. Cloud Times.

Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Campaign Launch

On Monday, ISAIAH Executive Director Doran Schrantz addressed journalists during a press conference by Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave, “Everyone in Minnesota has a story of caring for a family member or needing care. Everyone needs Paid Family Leave.” Read more.

Working Families

ISAIAH is working to make certain that families across Minnesota are not forced to make the choice between providing for those they love and having the time to care for those they love.

In Minneapolis:  ISAIAH congregations across Minneapolis organized and hosted meetings with their council members, including Council President Barb Johnson, to ask for support of a strong paid sick leave ordinance for working families. More than 300 people attended the meetings. The Minneapolis City Council will soon decide whether or not all workers in Minneapolis will have access to earned sick and safe time. 

In Rice County:  More than 80 courageous and loving people gathered in Faribault to debrief listening campaigns that have been held across Rice County and to sign up for research visits with their legislators to ask for their support for Paid Family Leave and the ability to obtain Driver’s Licenses regardless of immigration status.

Saying “No” to a Private Correctional Facility in Minnesota

ISAIAH is leading a new coalition of community, faith, labor, and civil rights groups who oppose the public lease of a long-shuttered correctional facility in Appleton, MN, owned by Corrections Corporation of American (CCA), a private prison corporation. CCA’s history, summarized in a new issue brief released by In the Public Interest, includes deadly riots, prisoner deaths, lawsuits, accidental releases, and high correctional officer turnover. To read the press statement, click here.

Reforming Sentencing Laws

ISAIAH leaders and allies attended the pre-session MN Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to speak out in support of reforming our overly harsh drug sentencing laws. Addicts need treatment not punishment. Unfortunately the County Attorney’s and law enforcement are continuing to oppose reform. We need to continue to raise our voices with all our elected officials!

Ending Predatory Payday Lending

Clergy and religious leaders joined environmental leaders to call on US Bank to divest from toxic products – such as payday lending and dirty coal. US Bank has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in capital into the payday loan industry. ISAIAH is calling on US Bank to stop financing predatory payday lenders and their 300% interest rates, and instead to offer its own affordable, small loan products and to support programs that help people escape the payday loan debt trap. We are asking people to move their money until US Bank starts working for a better, stronger Minnesota.

Upcoming Events

Faith at Work: A Paid Family Leave Summit with Legislators: March 10

Over 80% of Minnesotans currently do not have the ability to take a paid leave when a baby is born or when someone in their family has a medical crisis. We have a chance during this upcoming legislative session to change this! Please join us for this important Paid Family Leave Summit on Thursday March 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church (on Capitol Hill), 105 University Ave W in St. Paul.  Register Here


Holy Week Action on Payday Lending:  March 21

with the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray 

Join us in North Minneapolis to push forward regulation of payday lending at the federal and state level. We will be joined by Richard Cordray of the Obama Administration, as well as other state and national policymakers to understand how we can stop the debt trap and lift people out of poverty. Sponsored by: Shiloh Temple, MN State Baptist Convention, and St. Peter AME in partnership with ISAIAH. March 21; 5:00 pm open house; 6-8:00pm action. Shiloh Temple, 1201 W Broadway, Minneapolis; RSVP required.


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