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Metropolitan Council Divided on Equity

Vote on Housing Policy Plan at Odds with State of Region Address

July 24, 2014 - Following the release of a draft Housing Policy Plan by the Metropolitan Council this week, the first such Policy Plan to be drafted since 1985, ISAIAH and the following organizations and individuals – Alliance for Metropolitan Stability; Housing for All; Housing Preservation Project; MICAH; Neighborhoods Organizing for Change; Rev. Brian Herron, Vice President of the Minnesota State Baptist Convention; Jeff Martin, President of NAACP St. Paul Branch – made the following statement:

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Statement: Metropolitan Council May Fall Short on Opportunity for Racial Equity in Southwest Light Rail Project

St. Paul, MN – The Met Council and the City of Minneapolis announced this week they have reached a deal on the Southwest Light Rail project. With continued promises by the Metropolitan Council to address persistent racial and economic disparities across our region, ISAIAH released the following statement:

“ISAIAH believes we must work together to create prosperity, health and wholeness for all people. Every public decision must reflect our highest values and aspirations. They ought to unite rather than divide our communities and they ought to foster prosperity for all rather than a few.

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In A Covenant of Love: We Stand Together!

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On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Minnesota’s prophetic communities made history through a groundbreaking display of power and faith. 1,600 people of faith from African-American, Latino, urban, suburban, St. Cloud and Greater Minnesota communities gathered to unite in a new covenant of love to transform our state.

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Minnesota Drivers’ Licenses and Immigrants

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As people of faith, we believe that every human being has sacred worth and is created in the image of God. The current situation in our nation where millions of immigrant families live in fear of separation, vulnerable to abuse, and unable to fully live out their God-given gifts is morally unacceptable.  Only our President and U.S. Congress can fix our broken immigration system.

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Minimum Wage Bill Victory

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On April 14th, we celebrated the signing of the Minimum Wage Bill by Gov. Mark Dayton.  “Minnesotans who work full-time should be able to earn enough money to lift their families out of poverty” said Dayton, surrounded by legislators, labor and community leaders at a ceremonial bill signing in the State Capitol rotunda. “Raising the minimum wage to $9.50, and indexing it to inflation, will improve the lives of over 325,000 hard-working Minnesotans.”

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