ISAIAH Statement on Federal Government “Deal” to Extend Funding

ST. PAUL, Jan. 23, 2018 — Yesterday, Congress voted to pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund government operations through February 8.

We lament this failure of leadership on the part of both major parties.

Republicans, who control Congress as well as the White House, have failed for months to fund CHIP, an essential healthcare program serving 9 million children. In addition, they have failed to protect the lives of 800,000 young people who were born in another country and were protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Republican leadership have divisively and maliciously pitted the lives and health of these two groups of young people against each other.

Democrats, including Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, once again have failed to stand up for our immigrant brothers and sisters, and have caved on this false choice in the Republican’s cynical ploy. They caved in with no real assurance of a clean DREAM Act that would protect immigrant youth. They caved in without winning other important priorities like disaster relief funding for Americans in Puerto Rico and Virgin Island. In the meantime, over 122 Dreamers lose their status every day and face urgent danger of deportation and detention because DACA was not addressed in today’s deal.

Our faith calls us to lament these actions on the part of our elected officials. We will continue to bear witness and hold them accountable to their actions which violate our faith values. We will continue to organize to transform our communities, our state and our nation.



Position Opening: Childcare Organizer

ISAIAH is seeking a Community Organizer to build relationships with childcare center owners in key regions of Minnesota for the purpose of building a state-wide movement of parents, early childhood workers and childcare centers to join the fight for affordable and high quality childcare for all Minnesotans.  Fluency in Spanish and/or Somali preferred.  All applicants must have reliable transportation, a driver’s license and be able to show proof of valid auto insurance. Read full job description here. Send cover letter and resume by December 18, 2017 to: 

Position Opening: Southern MN Immigration Organizer

ISAIAH has grant funded openings for Organizers to work full time through December 2018 to prepare faith communities in Southern MN to build capacity to powerfully engage in a large-scale mobilization and civic engagement effort in the 2018 political season. Successful applicants will work with ISAIAH staff organizers to build congregational programs and house meetings to recruit volunteers, develop capacity and leadership and define a series of racial and economic justice campaigns, and lead civic engagement efforts across Greater Minnesota rooted in our values and agenda. Fluency in Spanish and English required. Significant evening and weekend work will be required.  Read full job description here.

Send resume and cover letter to:

People of Faith Host Largest St. Paul Mayoral Forum in the City

Unanimous candidate commitments to dedicating funds for immigrant legal defense, passing a $15 minimum wage

Sunday evening, October 17, people of faith and clergy of ISAIAH hosted the largest mayoral forum in Saint Paul this election season. They engaged the candidates on their visions for mass incarceration, immigration and raising the minimum wage.

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ISAIAH Statement on 800,000 DACA Recipients, Nation Damaged by Rescind of Policy

ST. PAUL, Sept. 5, 2017 — Today President Trump made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While this decision is saturated in legalese language, it is absolutely immoral. President Trump has taken the lives of 800,000 young people and their families and washed his hands of them, taking no responsibility to ensure their security and well-being. It is inhumane, irresponsible and immoral to play politics with our lives and the lives of our families.  All people of faith, of good will, must stand together to demand that Congress immediately pass a clean DREAM Act bill.

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