Housing

A True-Life Adventure in Confronting Power

by Mike Davis

I traveled to San Antonio to attend the Wells Fargo shareholder meeting on April 29th. It was quite an adventure in confronting power.

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Redlining: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In “Non-White” Areas | The Uptake – 4/15/14

By: Sheila Regan and Bill Sorem | April 15, 2014

Members of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), ISAIAH, and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy stood together outside Minneapolis City Hall to accuse banks of continuing to “red-line” communities of color and refusing to refinance sub-prime mortgages from 2009-2012. Accompanying the activists and researchers were three Minneapolis City Council members — Blong Yang, Elizabeth Glidden and Cam Gordon, all of whom called for something to be done.

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

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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

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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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