Press Statements

Faith Leaders: Christian Faith Compels Us to Collectively Denounce Domestic Terrorist Attack on Bloomington Mosque

Challenge our Elected Officials to Stop Peddling in Hate-Filled Rhetoric

Oakland, CA and BLOOMINGTON, MN – Following a horrific terroristic attack on a Bloomington Mosque, faith leaders with ISAIAH and PICO National Network, the nation’s largest body of faith-based groups and congregations, today issued the following statement:

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ISAIAH Statement on Not Guilty Verdict in Homicide of Philando Castile

The officer who killed Philando Castile was found not guilty on all counts. This is not justice. This is the reinforcement of a story that says, black people are to be feared and the perception of them as a threat will always supersede God’s will for life.

We are angry, devastated, frustrated, and hurt, but not surprised. We know that the laborious work of transforming hearts, minds and mentalities to reject racism and anti-blackness will not happen overnight. We have so much work to do. This trial is much larger than Officer Jeronimo Yanez or the many other homicide by police cases across the country. These events are about us.

This is about our complicity in a society that either encourages or tolerates a narrative about who is fully human and who isn’t. Who deserves and who doesn’t. We should all be wrestling with our own prejudices and biases that contribute to the demonic belief that fear of and violence toward black people is justified. This belief takes lives and makes justice an impossibility.

Our hope is that this travesty is a catalyst that propels us into the Truth that each of our lives and Philando’s are inseparably connected. Until we ALL do that, we will continue this cycle of violence and consent to more violence.

Yanez is the first officer tried for the killing of a civilian in modern Minnesota history. This is a result of the collective voices of the oppressed lamenting loud. Each of us is called to join the movement for our collective liberation. We must be repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to dwell in. The time is now.

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24

Statement from ISAIAH Regarding Gov. Dayton’s ‘Preemption’ Veto

May 30, 2017 – We are relieved that – after immense amounts of organizing and public pressure – Governor Dayton kept his promise to protect Minnesotan workers and families by vetoing the corporate power grab known as “preemption” of local democracy. It was especially cruel for legislative leaders to tie preemption to important benefits such as pension increases, paid parental leave for state employees and additional protections from wage theft.

ISAIAH clergy and leaders fought hard and won the nation’s best sick time policy for Minneapolis and St. Paul. Thanks to their efforts, allies, and Gov. Dayton’s veto today, 150,000 workers, will have access to Earned Sick and Safe Time on July 1st. Many families will be able to take off when ill or to care for a sick child. Cities have also maintained their ability to govern their communities in ways that are best for their constituents, including raising wages for workers and closing the wage gap for communities of color. This is most certainly a victory – not just for people of faith and those who have fought hard for this, but for all of Minnesota.

 

ISAIAH Statement on Trumpcare House Vote

May 4, 2017

This is a time for public lament.

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 for the so-called “American Health Care Act.” Minnesota’s Congressional Representatives Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen and Tom Emmer all voted yes, while Tim Walz, Betty McCullom, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan all voted no.

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Statement on “Reinsurance”

Statement on “Reinsurance”

From ISAIAH, TakeAction Minnesota, The Land Steward Project and Minnesota Nurses Association

 

April 3, 2017 — “We are deeply disappointed that the state legislature passed and the Governor did not act to veto the “Reinsurance” bill. This program is a $542 million giveaway to health insurance companies. It was passed and allowed to become law despite the refusal of the insurance industry to provide any guarantees of affordability or provider choice. The program steals $400 million from a fund to provide healthcare to low-income Minnesotans, setting vulnerable Minnesotans on a course towards a crisis in coming years. The reinsurance program lacks accountability, and will be overseen by a board that is stacked by the insurance industry itself.

We are especially disappointed as the legislature has failed to act on the MinnesotaCare buy-in option, as proposed by Governor Dayton. This sensible option would guarantee access to health insurance in every corner of the state and provide high-quality affordable healthcare coverage to all Minnesotans.

Especially in these times of federal attacks on healthcare, this is a drastic failure of vision and leadership on the part of our state government, as well as a powerful example of the extent of corporate power to set public policy and control public dollars.”

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