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Statement Issued by ISAIAH Regarding Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats

ST. PAUL, Minn. Jan. 19, 2017 — ISAIAH expresses deep and sincere concern for our Jewish brothers and sisters nationwide, and, in particular, our neighbors of Sabes Jewish Community Center. Threatening the security, safety and well-being of Jewish families in a sacred space is a direct violation of human dignity, our faith values and our values as a nation. The current sociopolitical climate empowers and emboldens hateful acts, and all people of good conscience must stand against these acts of hate in order to protect our neighbors and communities’ humanity, as well as to defend the foundations of our Constitution and democratic values.

The fact that these threats have been made to over 30 JCCs this month is a disturbing trend. ISAIAH recognizes that a threat to one of us is a threat to all of us and we stand with our brothers and sisters in these dangerous times. We offer them our love and support as we emphatically declare that anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts will not be tolerated and as a country we must make the choice, today and every day, to choose life and love in the face of hate and fear.

 

MN Clergy and Faith Leaders Confront Medica Health for Putting Dollars Before People

While Minnesota House and Senate Republicans are moving forward with a proposed massive corporate bailout for health insurance companies who have created a crisis for Minnesota families with bloated premiums, Minnesota Clergy held an action at Medica, one of the worst insurance actors. Faith leaders expressed outrage over Medica’s attempts to force Minnesotans to pay for the costs of their morally questionable business decisions. Clergy with ISAIAH, a faith-based organization focused on racial and economic justice, are calling for a public option so that private insurance companies are required to compete with a system genuinely focused on people’s well-being.

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For Such a Time as This: Building Our Prophetic Resistance

Today, we are facing a profound crisis.  As people of faith we must come together and make a choice. A choice of complicity to violence and dehumanization or a choice of prophetic resistance through our faith. Through our faith, we have a unique and prophetic vision for the future that oppressive systems cannot overpower. Join on Saturday, January 28, from 1-4 p.m. at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 W Broadway Ave in Minneapolis. Register:  www.tinyurl.com/PropheticResistance

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Organizations challenge plans to cut, gut healthcare for 2.4 million Minnesotans

EDEN PRAIRIE and OTSEGO, Minn. Dec. 20, 2016 — As Congressional leaders plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act in January, grassroots leaders from ISAIAH, TakeAction Minnesota, the Land Stewardship Project, Main Street Alliance of Minnesota, the Minnesota Nurses Association and AFSCME held actions at both the offices of U.S. Reps, Erik Paulsen (R) and Tom Emmer (R), voicing their concerns about the future of healthcare in the state.

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Faith Communities Across Minnesota Declare Their Place of Worship ‘Sanctuary’ for Immigrants Seeking Refuge

St. Paul, Minn. Dec. 7, 2016 — Yesterday, 100 Minnesota clergy and faith leaders from across the state gathered at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul to declare their place of worship as a space of Sanctuary to immigrants seeking refuge. This stance of faith is in response to the President Elect’s planned policies that target immigrants while tearing their families and the country apart through mass deportation.

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