Faith Leaders Win Historic Victory in Saint Paul: Paid Sick Days for Every Worker


Hundreds of ISAIAH leaders from more than 25 congregations led the charge, calling for an Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance that would enable all workers the ability to take the time they need to care for themselves and their families. What passed is the strongest ordinance of its kind in the country and covers all 72,000 workers in Saint Paul that currently do not have paid sick leave.

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Calling Out Poverty Profiteers and the Private Equity Firm that Finances CarHop

CarHop 400

On Aug. 13 we kicked off our campaign to stop subprime car lenders from ripping off low-income Minnesotans like James of Brooklyn Park who paid over $15,000 for a car that is worth about $3,500 – and barely runs.

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Faith Leaders Outraged by Police Killing of Philando Castile

A society that attacks black and brown bodies is not acceptable. We must act.

Once again our community is reeling. Last night in Falcon Heights, Philando Castile – a black man and a Child of God – was fatally shot by a police officer in his car after being stopped for a broken taillight. The police officer shot Philando multiple times in his car, in front of his girlfriend and a four-year old child.

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St. Paul Workers, Business and Faith Leaders Show Overwhelming Public Support for Paid Sick Policy

"No one should have to choose between taking care of themselves and paying the rent or putting food on the table," declared Rev. Javen Swanson at a Sick and Safe Time rally held on June 21, 2016.

Tuesday evening, June 21, at a rally before and during a public hearing about Earned Sick and Safe Time the message was clear: workers, small businesses and community residents support this common sense policy that will help address the crisis facing thousands of families in St. Paul. An overwhelming majority of testifiers at the hearing spoke out in support of its passage, with 35 people speaking in support and 7 speaking against.

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ISAIAH Clergy Meet with Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Clergy with Cordray CFPB June 2016

Today, June 15, 2016, we welcomed Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to Minnesota to discuss and answer questions about the new federal rules to rein in predatory payday, car title, and consumer installment lending. The new rules are a bold step forward in regulating the predatory lending industry. Many people in our congregations are suffering at the hands of abusive payday lenders – and we applaud this move by the CFPB.

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