Press Statements

Community calls for action as new report shows Wells Fargo leads redlining of communities of color in Twin Cities

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Minneapolis, MN (April 10, 2014) – Faith and community leaders from Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, ISAIAH, and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy gathered on the steps of City Hall to call for action to address inequities as a new report by the Institute of Metropolitan Opportunity shows that Wells Fargo and other big banks systematically denied credit and refinancing of subprime mortgages to communities of color in the Twin Cities from 2009-2012.

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Community Leaders, Transit Riders Call On Met Council, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to Make SWLRT More Equitable

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Minneapolis, MN (April 8, 2014) – Local organizations, community leaders, and transit riders gathered Tuesday morning in North Minneapolis, calling on the Met Council, City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County to negotiate to maximize Southwest Light Rail’s ability to deliver on economic opportunity for residents along the corridor. Speakers said the SWLRT has the potential to expand equity and economic opportunity not only in Minneapolis, but throughout the region, if guarantees can be effectively negotiated.

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Religious Leaders Announce Initiative to End Mass Suspensions in Minnesota

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A coalition of religious leaders joined parents and teachers for a press conference at the Capitol on March 6, 2014, to announce plans to end the crisis caused by mass suspensions and expulsions in our public schools.

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Health Experts Say Raising Wages Will Create Better Health Outcomes in Minnesota

St. Paul (Monday, March 3, 2014) – Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger and Representative Tina Liebling joined ISAIAH president Rev. Paul Slack at the State Capitol for a press conference to bring attention to the health impacts of low wage work and broaden the debate around ending poverty wages in Minnesota.

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Clergy Stand in Solidarity With Striking Wal-Mart Worker to Call on Lawmakers to End Poverty Wages in Minnesota

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St. Paul – This morning 8 clergy joined 15 people from labor and community groups for a press conference at the Brooklyn Center Wal-Mart to call on lawmakers and big corporations to end poverty wages and improve working conditions for Minnesotans.

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