ISAIAH Statement Regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis

Proposed Ordinance represents a compromise and responds to the
crisis facing Minneapolis working families

ISAIAH leaders are celebrating the progress that has been made in Minneapolis towards a comprehensive earned sick and safe time policy. We are pleased that the council has adopted the recommendations of the Workplace Partnership Group, and we believe that the proposed earned sick and safe time ordinance represents a compromise reached through intentional dialogue between community members, workers and businesses in Minneapolis.

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Faith, Community & Civil Rights Leaders Statement on Drug Sentencing Reform Agreement

ST PAUL, MN, April 29, 2016 – Responding to the drug sentencing reform agreement reached by prosecutors, law enforcement and defense attorneys, the undersigned organizations released this statement:

“Minnesota’s bizarre and overly harsh drug sentencing rules are in desperate need of an overhaul,” said Anita Alexander, ISAIAH Board member and a retired assistant warden. “This is a step in the right direction.”

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Faith Leaders Denounce House Leadership’s Refusal to Lead on Policies to Close Racial Disparities

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On Tuesday April 19, 2016, 150 ISAIAH clergy and faith leaders marched silently through the Capitol with tape over their mouths to symbolize the millions of people who have been and who are being silenced through mass incarceration, deportation, over policing, and economic violence.

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ISAIAH clergy decry inaccurate Pioneer Press Editorial and announce Paid Sick Time Campaign


On Tuesday, March 15, 25 ISAIAH clergy and denominational leaders gathered to address the unfortunate and misleading Pioneer Press Editorial regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time published on Friday, March 11. Faith leaders took issue with the Editorial’s lack of mention of the negative health impacts for workers without paid sick time and the omission of available data about the connection between paid sick days and influenza transmission.

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Turning Over the Tables of Justice: A Holy Week Action on Payday Lending

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On Monday, March 21, ISAIAH congregations welcomed Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray for “Turning Over the Tables of Justice, ”where he met with more than 200 ISAIAH leaders at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis about the national scourge of payday lending and reigning it in here in Minnesota.

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