Press Statements

Statement Issued by ISAIAH Regarding Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats

ST. PAUL, Minn. Jan. 19, 2017 — ISAIAH expresses deep and sincere concern for our Jewish brothers and sisters nationwide, and, in particular, our neighbors of Sabes Jewish Community Center. Threatening the security, safety and well-being of Jewish families in a sacred space is a direct violation of human dignity, our faith values and our values as a nation. The current sociopolitical climate empowers and emboldens hateful acts, and all people of good conscience must stand against these acts of hate in order to protect our neighbors and communities’ humanity, as well as to defend the foundations of our Constitution and democratic values.

The fact that these threats have been made to over 30 JCCs this month is a disturbing trend. ISAIAH recognizes that a threat to one of us is a threat to all of us and we stand with our brothers and sisters in these dangerous times. We offer them our love and support as we emphatically declare that anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts will not be tolerated and as a country we must make the choice, today and every day, to choose life and love in the face of hate and fear.


Faith Communities Across Minnesota Declare Their Place of Worship ‘Sanctuary’ for Immigrants Seeking Refuge

St. Paul, Minn. Dec. 7, 2016 — Yesterday, 100 Minnesota clergy and faith leaders from across the state gathered at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul to declare their place of worship as a space of Sanctuary to immigrants seeking refuge. This stance of faith is in response to the President Elect’s planned policies that target immigrants while tearing their families and the country apart through mass deportation.

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ISAIAH Hits Over 10,000 Engagement Conversations with Minn. Voters

Conversations about raising minimum wage, fighting poverty profiteering, paid family leave,
affordable childcare, Get Out the Vote are set to hit over 12,000 by election day

Candidate forums hosted to reflect the community concerns on these issues

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn. Nov. 4, 2016 – ISAIAH, a faith-based, nonprofit dedicated to economic and racial justice, has exceeded their initial benchmark goal of 10,000 voter engagement conversations and anticipates that number climbing to over 12,000 by election day. These door-to-door conversations have spanned across the state and focus on issues that, while not on this election ballot, largely affect the daily lives of both working and impoverished families. Many of these issues include raising the minimum wage, fighting poverty profiteering, having paid family leave and affordable childcare, as well as general Get Out the Vote efforts.

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City’s study confirms a $15/hr minimum wage would address inequalities in Minneapolis

Increase would lift wages for 71,000 workers while not harming business

Minneapolis, MN — Results of the city of Minneapolis’ minimum wage study show that a $15 minimum wage phased in by 2021 would lift wages for 71,000 workers, disproportionately Black and Latinx, with no significant differences to businesses’ operational costs (p. 57-71).

Guillermo Lindsey, one of the 71,000 workers in Minneapolis making less than $15, shared what raising the minimum wage to $15 would mean for his/her family.

“I work hard, yet because of low wages I struggle to pay for basic necessities like rent and food for my family. The CEO of Target makes $9,000/hour, but by organizing for $15 in Minneapolis, we can win,” said Guillermo Lindsey, a CTUL member and fast-food worker. “The study shows that passing a $15/hour minimum wage would have a dramatic impact on families like mine.”

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Faith Leaders Win Historic Victory in Saint Paul: Paid Sick Days for Every Worker

After yearlong campaign by workers and faith leaders, City Council passes ordinance extending paid sick days to all workers in Saint Paul

St. Paul, MN, Sept 7, 2016 — Today the Saint Paul City Council voted to pass an ordinance ensuring that all workers within the city have access to Earned Sick and Safe Time to care for themselves or their families through illness or domestic violence. Saint Paul’s ordinance is arguably the strongest in the nation because it provides all workers a consistent standard of accrual of up to 48 hours per year and provides strong enforcement and protections to ensure that every worker is able to use their paid sick time.

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