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ISAIAH Hits Over 10,000 Engagement Conversations with Minn. Voters

Conversations about raising minimum wage, fighting poverty profiteering, paid family leave,
affordable childcare, Get Out the Vote are set to hit over 12,000 by election day

Candidate forums hosted to reflect the community concerns on these issues

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn. Nov. 4, 2016 – ISAIAH, a faith-based, nonprofit dedicated to economic and racial justice, has exceeded their initial benchmark goal of 10,000 voter engagement conversations and anticipates that number climbing to over 12,000 by election day. These door-to-door conversations have spanned across the state and focus on issues that, while not on this election ballot, largely affect the daily lives of both working and impoverished families. Many of these issues include raising the minimum wage, fighting poverty profiteering, having paid family leave and affordable childcare, as well as general Get Out the Vote efforts.

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City’s study confirms a $15/hr minimum wage would address inequalities in Minneapolis

Increase would lift wages for 71,000 workers while not harming business

Minneapolis, MN — Results of the city of Minneapolis’ minimum wage study show that a $15 minimum wage phased in by 2021 would lift wages for 71,000 workers, disproportionately Black and Latinx, with no significant differences to businesses’ operational costs (p. 57-71).

Guillermo Lindsey, one of the 71,000 workers in Minneapolis making less than $15, shared what raising the minimum wage to $15 would mean for his/her family.

“I work hard, yet because of low wages I struggle to pay for basic necessities like rent and food for my family. The CEO of Target makes $9,000/hour, but by organizing for $15 in Minneapolis, we can win,” said Guillermo Lindsey, a CTUL member and fast-food worker. “The study shows that passing a $15/hour minimum wage would have a dramatic impact on families like mine.”

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

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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

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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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