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Top Denominational Leaders Met With Representative Ellison to Discuss Payday Lending Reform

Leaders from MN State Baptist Convention, AME Church, ELCA Lutheran Church, and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World discussed the extraction of wealth from communities of color

Minneapolis – Led by ISAIAH’s President Rev. Paul Slack and the President of MN State Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Billy Russell, clergy from multiple denominations met with Congressman Keith Ellison today to discuss reforming the predatory practice of payday lending at the state and federal level. Clergy called out the practice of payday loans as usury and specifically targeting the poor and people of color – keeping parishioners in debt and stuck in poverty.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Major Step Toward Protecting Families In Payday Proposal Say MN Faith Leaders of ISAIAH

But ‘Safe Harbor’ Loophole Dangerously Undermines Other Portions of the Proposal

St. Paul – (March 26, 2015) Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) held a field hearing on payday lending in Richmond, Virginia. At the hearing, Director Richard Cordray unveiled a new proposal to regulate the predatory payday lending industry. A coalition of Minnesota faith, consumer, and community groups, including ISAIAH, released this statement about the content of the CFPB’s proposal:

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Faith and Community Leaders Announce Initiative to Close the Race Gap in Minnesota’s Juvenile Justice System

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On Thursday February 5,  faith leaders from African American communities and ISAIAH joined community and state leaders to announce their commitment to end racial disparities in Minnesota’s juvenile justice system.

“Our juvenile justice system is broken and racialized; and the time is now to repair it,” declared Rev. Ovester Armstrong, Jr., pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

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Voter ID amendment debated at Metro State | TwinCities.com – 10/4/12

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By Doug Belden, dbelden@pioneerpress.com
Posted: 10/04/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT; Updated: 10/04/2012 11:21:24 PM CDT

Voter ID “might look like common-sense reform,” but it will result in “an extreme makeover of our election system,” warned an opponent of the state’s proposed photo ID amendment at a debate Thursday evening, Oct. 4.

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Clergy Launch Faith in Democracy Campaign to Defeat the Voter Restriction Amendment

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On September 13, 50 clergy from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith traditions held a press conference at the State Capitol to launch the Faith in Democracy Campaign in an effort to defeat the voter restriction amendment because of its impact on the elderly, the young, people of color, and the poor.

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