Press Statements

Statement Regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis

Unanimous Passage of Minneapolis Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance represents a historic victory for Minneapolis Working Families

The Minneapolis City Council’s unanimous passage of a comprehensive Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance is a historic victory for working families in Minneapolis. More than 80,000 workers in Minneapolis will now have the ability to take up to 6 paid sick days a year to care for themselves or their family members through illness or crisis.

This historic victory belongs to the incredible organizing and courageous leadership of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), CTUL, TakeAction Minnesota, Mainstreet Alliance and Jewish Community Action. ISAIAH joined the effort last October. Since then, ISAIAH leaders had more than 1,000 direct contacts with City Council members on this issue, and more than 400 leaders participated in meetings with Council Members Frey, Quincy, Palmisano, Warsame and Council President Johnson.

We commend Minneapolis for an intentional process of engaging workers, community members and business owners towards a strong paid sick days policy for workers across Minneapolis.

All workers in Minnesota need access to Earned Sick and Safe Time, and ISAIAH is proud to be leading the way toward paid sick days for all in Saint Paul.

ISAIAH Statement Regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis

Proposed Ordinance represents a compromise and responds to the
crisis facing Minneapolis working families

ISAIAH leaders are celebrating the progress that has been made in Minneapolis towards a comprehensive earned sick and safe time policy. We are pleased that the council has adopted the recommendations of the Workplace Partnership Group, and we believe that the proposed earned sick and safe time ordinance represents a compromise reached through intentional dialogue between community members, workers and businesses in Minneapolis.

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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

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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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