Press Statements

Faith, Community & Civil Rights Leaders Statement on Drug Sentencing Reform Agreement

ST PAUL, MN, April 29, 2016 – Responding to the drug sentencing reform agreement reached by prosecutors, law enforcement and defense attorneys, the undersigned organizations released this statement:

“Minnesota’s bizarre and overly harsh drug sentencing rules are in desperate need of an overhaul,” said Anita Alexander, ISAIAH Board member and a retired assistant warden. “This is a step in the right direction.”

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ISAIAH clergy decry inaccurate Pioneer Press Editorial and announce Paid Sick Time Campaign


On Tuesday, March 15, 25 ISAIAH clergy and denominational leaders gathered to address the unfortunate and misleading Pioneer Press Editorial regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time published on Friday, March 11. Faith leaders took issue with the Editorial’s lack of mention of the negative health impacts for workers without paid sick time and the omission of available data about the connection between paid sick days and influenza transmission.

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MN community, faith, labor & civil rights groups unite to spotlight private prison company’s troubling history

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2016; Updated February 29, 2016

Minnesota community, faith, labor & civil rights groups unite to spotlight private prison company’s troubling history

National Public Interest Organization Releases Issue Brief on Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) – A coalition of Minnesota-based community, faith, labor and civil rights organizations has come together to oppose the public lease of a long-shuttered facility in Appleton, MN, owned by Corrections Corp. of America (CCA), a private prison corporation.

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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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