Community calls for action as new report shows Wells Fargo leads redlining of communities of color in Twin Cities


Minneapolis, MN (April 10, 2014) – Faith and community leaders from Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, ISAIAH, and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy gathered on the steps of City Hall to call for action to address inequities as a new report by the Institute of Metropolitan Opportunity shows that Wells Fargo and other big banks systematically denied credit and refinancing of subprime mortgages to communities of color in the Twin Cities from 2009-2012.

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Organizing People to Shift Power

Lars NegstadThe Partnership for Working Families Ford Foundation invited a number of affiliates, including ISAIAH, to participate in a pre-conference meeting at the National Housing Conference in Atlanta on September 16.  The purpose was to discuss inclusionary housing campaigns, and in particular, to talk about how organizing a base of people to shift power is essential in winning transformational change in our communities.

Lars Negstad, ISAIAH’s Strategic Campaign Coordinator, was asked to give a presentation at the meeting.  Below is a summary of his prepared talk:

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Prophetic Witness and a Homeowners Bill of Rights


by Pastor James Erlandson
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul (an ISAIAH member congregation since 1995)

“I have observed the misery of my people…I have heard their cry.” (Exodus 3:7)

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Homeowners’ Bill of Rights To Become Law

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights with a unanimous vote!

The bill is now headed to Governor Dayton’s desk and it will soon become law.

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Rally Held at the Capitol for Passage of a Strong Homeowners’ Bill of Rights

HBOR rally

Legislation gives power to homeowners and stops unfair foreclosures

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