ISAIAH Leaders of Greater Minnesota Release Report Detailing the High Cost of ACA Repeal for the State

Greater Minnesota Likely to be Disproportionately Impacted

Repeal Plan Takes Health Care Away, Shifts Costs to Patients, Inflicts Large-Scale Economic Harm

OTSEGO, EDEN PRAIRIE, and COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. – February 23, 2017 –  ISAIAH faith leaders, clergy and people who depend on the ACA for health care are disseminating the newly released Health Care for America Now (HCAN) report to state representatives and staff this week.  This report details the impact of repealing the ACA on individuals and on Minnesota’s economy.

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ISAIAH Position Opening: Central Minnesota Organizer

We are seeking an individual to maintain and expand a network of member congregations in Central Minnesota; to engage grassroots leaders of faith in campaigns to promote racial and economic justice in Central Minnesota and statewide; to conduct and create leadership trainings; to staff regional and state-wide campaigns such as health care, immigration, transportation, and worker justice reform; to develop regional clergy and lay leadership caucuses; and, to help develop the Greater MN leadership team and vision for Greater Minnesota and rural organizing alongside Lead Greater Minnesota Organizer. For more information, see our position posting on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website.

ISAIAH Position Opening: Economic Justice Organizer

We are seeking an individual to maintain and expand a regional cluster of member congregations; to develop and lead its campaigns around predatory lending, poverty profiteering, and debt; to conduct and create leadership trainings; to maintain national relationships on economic justice; to cultivate new leaders and develop capacity across the region.  For more information, see our position posting on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website.

Hundreds Rally for MinnesotaCare Buy-In at Valentine’s Day Rally

MinnesotaCare for All offers affordable, stable option to health care woes facing Minnesotans

Today, the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda was filled with the voices of hundreds of concerned Minnesotans as they articulated a grave unease in the future for healthcare. Nurses, farmers, faith leaders and concerned citizens all feel the need for high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare, and to stop giving handouts to insurance corporations. Governor Dayton has proposed a common sense solution – expand MinnesotaCare as an option for all Minnesotans buying individual insurance.

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ISAIAH & Mesa Latina Statement regarding Tuesday’s ICE actions

Yesterday morning, February 7th, ISAIAH and Mesa Latina received calls from community members in Burnsville and Apple Valley about unmarked vehicles – presumably belonging to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — targeting and pulling over work vans in the Summit Park and Parkway Estates apartment complexes in Burnsville and Cedar Knolls mobile home park in Apple Valley. Many Latino families, including construction workers, reside in these areas. Reports mentioned that local authorities were blocking the entrance to some of these residential areas as well as pulling over the vans at local freeway entrances.

In response, Mesa Latina and ISAIAH clergy, leaders and organizers first went to the local ICE office during their office hours, only to find that they closed early without notice.  The rapid response team then went to Apple Valley to hear first-hand from community members, gather facts, and assess the situation. Some members of the group also helped frightened construction workers drive their vans into the trailer park since police squad cars were still present in the areas.

News reports have confirmed that 9 people have been arrested, yet community members have reported that ICE has taken more than 50 people. We do not yet know all the identities of those who have been taken, where they are being held, if they will be released or when a release may happen. ICE reported to media that they were targeting two specific addresses due to ‘crime-related’ reasons and according to a recent StarTribune article, Homeland Security contacted a local school district to “reassure it that the action was routine and didn’t signal the start of a major enforcement effort.” However, we continue to hear from numerous local residents that they did end up taking people who have no criminal records. The actions of ICE have created chaos and fear in the community. The lack of public transparency and accountability is profoundly disturbing.

Both ISAIAH and Mesa Latina believe in a healthy and thriving Minnesota, a state where all of our communities have the opportunity to live, work and play without fear. We have and will continue to remain committed to protecting immigrant families, some of the most vulnerable—and resilient—members of our society due to our nation’s sorely broken immigration system. We condemn this targeting of our undocumented brothers and sisters and will advocate alongside them until their rights, value and humanity are fully recognized.


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