ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: Week of March 24, 2017
ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance Campaign
News and Actions for the Week of March 24
At our Prophetic Resistance gathering in January, over 2,000 people of faith committed to counter the hate and tyranny being unleashed in the nation by participating in 100 Days of Prophetic Action — making a daily commitment to fight for moral issues like affordable healthcare or education equity and against immoral agendas like predatory lending or the for-profit prison industrial complex.
Read on and be inspired by some of the Prophetic Actions that have taken place across Minnesota by people of faith this week. You’ll also find ideas on prophetic actions you can take this week.
Repeal Bill for Affordable Care Act
- Good News: The planned Friday night vote on the bill was cancelled due to its lack of support in the House of Representatives.
- ISAIAH leaders have been flooding the phone lines to our Members of Congress this week urging them to vote against the replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The bill ends guaranteed coverage for the most vulnerable in our society through deep cuts to Medicaid; increases costs for the sick and elderly; and, takes away health coverage from millions of Americans while providing large tax cuts to drug companies, insurance executives and the wealthiest in our country.
- Groups of ISAIAH leaders prayed and sang and shared stories at the offices of Congressmen Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen and Tom Emmer to encourage them to reject the American Health Care Act that will result in 24 million people losing one of the most basic human rights to care when they are ill. Laughter and tears resulted! In the above video, ISAIAH leader Corinne Smith shares that over 41,000 people in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District will lose health care if the bill passes. Watch the video to see how 50 people of faith demonstrated this number when they visited Congressman Lewis’s office.
We continue our work to expand the network of Sanctuary congregations. Currently 28 congregations are part of this movement in Minnesota with hundreds more across the US. This speaks largely to the growing attention and awareness of the ripple effect our broken immigration system has on all of humanity and the immoral choices made by our President to address it but not fix it. Our work was recently featured in the national publication, YES! Magazine.
Kids Count on Us Campaign
“Today, I had the privilege of visiting legislators with leaders from many childcare centers and about 40 kiddos who were super excited to support childcare assistance funding! If you doubt that they understood why we were there, think again. They were total champions today, and I am grateful to ISAIAH for pulling us together! We have to make this democracy work for us.” – Emily Goldthwaite Fries
ISAIAH leaders attended another legislative hearing on the reopening of the private prison in Appleton, Minn., where a bill requiring the Department of Corrections to lease or buy this prison was passed. For-profit incarceration is immoral. It’s also bad policy. Here’s a painful but informative read on its immorality by Mother Jones magazine (their biggest investigation of all time). Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy.
Prophetic Actions for the upcoming week:
- Stop Private Prisons! After successful efforts last session by ISAIAH and others to prevent passage of a bill to reopen the private prison in Appleton, Minn., new legislation requiring the Department of Corrections to lease or buy this prison was passed by the House Public Safety Committee this week. Making a profit off human suffering is both immoral and unethical. It creates a demand for more suffering to increase capital. It also often means cutting corners on life saving and dignity restorative necessities, like food, healthcare and bedding, to pad the pockets of the wealthy. ACTION: Call your State Representative and Senator and tell them you are opposed to buying or leasing the private prison in Appleton.
- Healthcare – State: Our legislature has passed a bill that would give $600 million in subsidies to the private health insurance industry, in the hopes of reducing premiums for the 5% of Minnesotans on the individual insurance market. The industry testified that there were no guarantees that premiums would be reduced with this funding. (Really?!!) The legislation does nothing to address the real issues – runaway deductibles and shrinking access to doctors and hospitals. Governor Dayton has proposed opening up MinnesotaCare, a successful healthcare insurance program, for anyone to buy into. ACTION: Call Governor Mark Dayton and urge him to VETO the Reinsurance bill unless it has the option for anyone to buy into the successful MinnesotaCare program.
- Clean Energy: A bipartisan group of legislators in the House and Senate introduced the Governor’s proposal to establish a 50% Renewable Energy Standard. It would build on the state’s existing Renewable Energy Standard (nearly doubling it) which has reduced carbon emissions in the electric utilities sector, and created good paying jobs for a racially diverse workforce. Action: Call Governor Dayton and your legislator and tell them you support the 50% Renewable Energy Standard!
- Join our Clean Energy Leadership Team. ISAIAH is building a powerful community of people to take action to protect the planet and align with our goals around racial and economic justice. Over the last month, 80 people have participated in clean energy briefings across the metro area to learn more about what we can do together to make Minnesota a place where 100% of our energy comes from renewable sources. Join our team and help plan the next steps of our work. Saturday, April 1, 9:30-11:30am at Mayflower UCC, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd in Minneapolis. Register here.
- Join our Healthcare Rapid Response Team and become part of the prophetic resistance from Minnesota. We’ll keep you updated with information and actions you can take to promote a healthcare system that puts people first. Click here to sign up.
Elected Officials Contact Information
Who Represents Me? – Using your address, the district finder will retrieve a list of your representatives with contact information. Note: It’s more effective to call the local office of your Member of Congress.
Governor’s Office – 651-201-3400 / Toll Free: 800-657-3717
We have been called for such a time as this!