ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: Week of March 4, 2017

ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: Week of March 4, 2017

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Prophetic Resistance: News and Actions for the Week of March 4

ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance Campaign

At our Prophetic Resistance gathering in January, over 2,000 people of faith committed to counter the hate and tyranny being unleashed in the nation by participating in 100 Days of Prophetic Action — making a daily commitment to fight for moral issues like affordable healthcare or education reform and against immoral agendas like predatory lending or the for-profit prison industrial complex.

Read on and be inspired by some of the many Prophetic Actions, large and small, that have taken place across Minnesota by people of faith over the past several weeks.  You can follow along on our 100 Days of Prophetic Action Facebook page.

You’ll also find some ideas on prophetic actions you can take this week at the bottom of this email.

Prophetic Actions

Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community leaders Gregory King, Sue Budd, and Mary Slobig organized an education equity action on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

“Lutheran Church of the Redeemer held the first in a series of 3 adult forum conversations on white privilege and racism.” – Rev. Jim Erlandson

  • Several ISAIAH leaders attended Rep. Tom Emmer’s town hall meeting. Questions on healthcare, immigration, wages and environment were asked – even if not sufficiently answered. It is appreciated that Emmer held this forum and allowed it to go on for over an hour – contrary to initial concerns that he would conclude it early due to “disruption.”

“Just called MN Attorney General to thank her for signing onto the lawsuit to stop the inhumane executive order barring immigrants and taking away local control to determine law enforcement that best serves the cities. I told her office I was proud and to thank her for her bold leadership.” –  Lisa Amman

Pr. Steve Sylvester spoke in opposition of a $1 billion gas plant proposed by Xcel Energy at a rally outside corporate headquarters. He called on us to protect the planet from false fossil fuel solutions and protect people who already struggle to pay their bills from paying more for dirty energy. 

  • ISAIAH Leader Kay Slama from Willmar wrote an op-ed about state pre-emption and the importance of local control. “Anything that takes away power from local democracy and gives more power to already wealthy and powerful people is bad for Minnesota. In greater Minnesota, we know our neighbors and we care deeply about one another.” 
  • With only two days notice, 80+ ISAIAH leaders met with Sen. Draheim, District 20 in South Central Minnesota, to talk about state pre-emption of local control, Minnesota Care for all, and driver’s licenses for immigrants. It was a heated and passionate conversation about our principles of democracy and whose interests are being represented at the Capitol. We hope Sen Draheim will put the interests of his constituents over corporate lobbyists and private insurance companies. 

“This afternoon, I went to the state capital to witness the hearing for a bill to preempt local control over working conditions. This bill was specifically intended to invalidate the ordinances in St. Paul and Minneapolis which provide for earned sick and safe time for everyone. It was inspiring to listen to the personal stories of people who had to choose between feeding their children and going to work sick and see their determination to fight for better conditions.” – Juli Thompson

Clergy and faith leaders were locked out of US Bank for challenging President Richard Davis to stop being a driving force on the move to pass local interference which would repeal city sick pay ordinances and prevent a local raise in minimum wage AND to stop financing Payday Lending AND the companies building the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

  • St. Cloud Clergy authored an op-ed piece on the anti-immigrant policy in the REAL ID Bill.

“Gathering inspiration from ‘Faith Works’ by Jim Wallis. Everyone needs to read this book.” – Andrea Westby

Prophetic Actions for the upcoming week:

  • The Senate REAL ID Bill is heading to the Senate Floor this MONDAY, March 6. Please come to the State Capitol Senate Chamber at 10:30am Monday if you can.
  • Contact your Senator right now (leave a message if calling on the weekend)!  Sample Script:  “Hi my name is _______ and I live at _______. As a constituent of Senator _______ I am very concerned about immigrant families being torn apart by deportations. Lack of a valid driver’s license is one of the main ways immigrants are vulnerable. I am calling to urge him/her to vote NO on REAL ID unless the problematic language regarding immigrant access to Driver’s License is removed.”
  • Also, call the Governor’s office and urge him to veto any Real ID bill that includes anti-immigrant language.
  • Attend the Health Care Lobby Day: Thursday, March 9, 1-4 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Ave W in St. Paul. Join healthcare advocates from MNA, ISAIAH, Land Stewardship Project and Take Action MN to lobby our legislators for MNCare4All and no more corporate handouts to insurance companies. Meet at Christ Lutheran Church for training on current legislation and how to be a citizen lobbyist, then visit your legislators. RSVP with your name and address to LJohnson@isaiahmn.org so that legislative visits can be scheduled
  • Call the Governor’s office and urge him to veto the local interference bill that is anti-local democracy and will result in the end of new sick leave benefits for 150,000 St. Paul and Minneapolis employees.
  • Call your State Representative and Senator and urge them to support the MN Care buy-in and to oppose the reinsurance give-away to insurance companies.
  • Call Senators Franken, Klobucher and your Congressman and tell them “No Medicaid cuts to pay for tax cuts.”
  • For those who live in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District: Contact Congressman Erik Paulsen who sits on the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee.  Message:  Don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act and don’t replace it with something that will harm vulnerable Minnesotans.  952-405-8510 / 202-225-2871

Contact Information

Who Represents Me? – Using your address, the district finder will retrieve a list of your representatives with contact information.

Governor’s Office – 651-201-3400 / Toll Free: 800-657-3717

We have been called for such a time as this!

 

 

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