ISAIAH is a coalition of 100 member congregations that lets communities in Minnesota more effectively live out their faith in biblical justice and the common good. By uniting local congregations in a large regional organization, ISAIAH strengthens the ability of people of faith to address both local and regional community issues, including sprawl, affordable housing, transportation, and racial inequity. ISAIAH contains seven geographic caucuses, including the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the suburbs of all four corners of the metro region, and the greater St. Cloud area. More
Focus for 2012:
Working with state and local governments to insure that public investments are being used to better our communities by making them healthier and reducing racial inequity. This includes public investments in transportation, education, housing, and economic development.
- We secured a commitment from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) to invest $6.2 million in apprenticeship and training for low-wage workers, people of color, and women. In a time when bipartisanship seemed impossible, we worked with former U.S. Congressman Jim Ramstad, Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Thomas Sorel (an appointee of Governor Tim Pawlenty), Sen. Mee Moua, and Rep. Alice Hausman to make this victory possible.
- We were the moving force behind St. Paul’s Blueprint for Safety, a manual for St. Paul’s criminal justice response to domestic violence. The Blueprint establishes system-wide best practices in dealing with domestic abuse in our communities and to prevent homicides.
- ISAIAH won comprehensive affordable housing plans in two suburban cities, Inver Grove Heights and Maple Grove. We successfully stopped plans to bulldoze a mobile home park in Arden Hills, and built support for two affordable housing projects in the third-tier suburban community of Maple Grove.
- We organized and won local, state and federal support for adding three new stops to the central corridor light rail line on University Avenue in St. Paul. These stops will be located in communities that were left out of the original design.
Recent Press Releases:
A chronological listing of issue highlights.
Eric Howard, Communications Manager at 928.701.9154 (cell) 612.333.1260 ext. 213 (office) or via e-mail at email@example.com.