Media Coverage

Redlining: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In “Non-White” Areas | The Uptake – 4/15/14

By: Sheila Regan and Bill Sorem | April 15, 2014

Members of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), ISAIAH, and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy stood together outside Minneapolis City Hall to accuse banks of continuing to “red-line” communities of color and refusing to refinance sub-prime mortgages from 2009-2012. Accompanying the activists and researchers were three Minneapolis City Council members — Blong Yang, Elizabeth Glidden and Cam Gordon, all of whom called for something to be done.

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Eyeing racial disparities, schools trying to cut down on suspensions | Minnesota Public Radio News – 4/15/14

Tim Post · St. Paul, Minn. ·

Aiming to change school discipline policies that disproportionately suspend students of color, school districts in Minnesota are trying alternatives to kicking kids out of school.

According the Minnesota Department of Education, nearly 60 percent of suspensions and expulsions last year were of black, Latino, Asian, Native American and other students of color, even though they’re only a quarter of the student population.

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Transit equity means more than light rail | Star Tribune Commentary – 4/11/14

Article by: Dan McGrath and Paul Slack
April 11, 2014 – 6:53 PM

The debate surrounding Southwest light-rail transit (SWLRT) shouldn’t be confined to rerouting freight rail and shallow tunnels.  Wouldn’t we be better served by figuring out how light rail can be a catalyst for equitable transit across the 16-mile corridor? A discussion like that would help cork the fight over rail alignment and transform it into one that is far more constructive and economically beneficial for the region — and most notably for Minneapolis.

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Twin Cities religious leaders call for an end to mass student suspensions | StarTribune.com – 3/7/14

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: March 7, 2014 – 4:38 PM

A coalition of religious leaders, parents and teachers on Thursday called for Minnesota schools to pass a moratorium on suspensions, citing the fact that students of color are disciplined much more frequently than white students.

Members of ISAIAH said they want to end the “school to prison pipeline” that occurs when students of color are systematically suspended or expelled.

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Minnesota Pilgrimage for Citizenship Video | Channel 12 News – 11/5/13

As part of a national effort to move Congress to fix our broken immigration system, from November 3-8, ISAIAH immigration leaders, in partnership with Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice, embarked on a symbolic pilgrimage to call for making citizenship a reality for 11 million aspiring Americans.

Watch this powerful 2-minute report on the Minnesota Pilgrimage for Citizenship from Channel 12 in Brooklyn Park, MN.

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