Press Statements

Religious Leaders and Transit Riders Call on Metropolitan Council For More Equity in SWLRT

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St. Paul, MN – On Wednesday, August 13th, 30 ISAIAH members joined community leaders from Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) and other groups at a hearing held by Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council. They came to call on the Metropolitan Council to make concrete commitments to leverage the $1.6 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit development to create racial and economic equity. They also urged the Met Council to ensure that the opportunity created by the SWLRT is used to bridge the gap between North and South Minneapolis.

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Metropolitan Council Divided on Equity

Vote on Housing Policy Plan at Odds with State of Region Address

July 24, 2014 - Following the release of a draft Housing Policy Plan by the Metropolitan Council this week, the first such Policy Plan to be drafted since 1985, ISAIAH and the following organizations and individuals – Alliance for Metropolitan Stability; Housing for All; Housing Preservation Project; MICAH; Neighborhoods Organizing for Change; Rev. Brian Herron, Vice President of the Minnesota State Baptist Convention; Jeff Martin, President of NAACP St. Paul Branch – made the following statement:

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Statement: Metropolitan Council May Fall Short on Opportunity for Racial Equity in Southwest Light Rail Project

St. Paul, MN – The Met Council and the City of Minneapolis announced this week they have reached a deal on the Southwest Light Rail project. With continued promises by the Metropolitan Council to address persistent racial and economic disparities across our region, ISAIAH released the following statement:

“ISAIAH believes we must work together to create prosperity, health and wholeness for all people. Every public decision must reflect our highest values and aspirations. They ought to unite rather than divide our communities and they ought to foster prosperity for all rather than a few.

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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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