Press Statements

ISAIAH Launches Campaign in Support of Minneapolis Paid Sick Time Ordinance

October 19, 2015

ISAIAH, a faith-based organization representing thousands of people of faith, is committed to creating a more racial and economically just city and state. We are called by God to insist that every person and their labor should be valued. The City of Minneapolis has an opportunity to enact a common sense policy to invest in low-wage workers and their families, ensuring that every worker has access to 5-9 days of paid sick time. Hard working families in Minneapolis should not have to make the impossible choice of choosing between taking care of those they love or providing for their families. This is why ISAIAH will work to mobilize people of faith across Minneapolis in support of a Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.

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Minneapolis Public School’s Decision to Expand Moratorium Is Major Step Towards Racial Equity


St. Paul, MN – On Friday, October 2, Minneapolis Public Schools released a statement that the district would “suspend suspensions” for all non-violent behavior. In response, ISAIAH President Rev. Paul Slack released the following statement:

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Statement in support of the Mall of America 11 and calling on Bloomington to drop all charges

At a press conference today, September 15, 2015, before a hearing on dropping the charges for the Mall of America 11, Pastor Emily Goldthwaite-Fries of Mayflower UCC and ISAIAH lead organizer, Phyllis Hill presented the following statement:

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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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Pope Francis’ Encyclical Linking Climate and Poverty is a Critical Message As We Address Racial & Economic Inequity in Minnesota

St. Paul, MN – (Thursday, June 18th) Pope Francis released his encyclical in Vatican City, Rome on the theme of the environment and the poor. In response, ISAIAH released this statement:

“The Pope has emerged as one of the most important prophetic voices in the world,’ said Doran Schrantz, ISAIAH Executive Director. ‘His reach is far beyond the Catholic Church. He is someone who people follow because he has captured their hearts with his spirituality and simple, profound way of bringing God’s love to everyday people. He speaks to the very real experiences and suffering of people. He sees and hears them.’

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