ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: Week of Apr 21, 2017

ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: Week of Apr 21, 2017

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ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance Campaign
News and Actions for the Week of April 21

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 equity and against immoral agendas like predatory lending or the for-profit prison industrial complex. 

Read on and be inspired by some of the Prophetic Actions that have taken place across Minnesota by people of faith this week. You’ll also find ideas on prophetic actions you can take this week.


Stealing Paid Sick Time through Preemption

On Thursday, the Minnesota Senate passed the preemption bill, a corporate power grab to steal paid sick time from 150,000 workers in St. Paul and Minneapolis and ban cities from passing a minimum wage increase.

ISAIAH turned out in droves to oppose the bill. There is zero justification for stealing the sick time of 150,000 workers and families. Preemption will make us all sick, not just physically, but also morally as it takes moral corruption to say to someone, “No, you can’t take your child to the doctor.” And, “Go to work sick, or lose your pay.” There is no dignity or sanctity in this.

Call to Action:  Gov. Dayton said he had not yet decided whether to veto this legislation. Call him today at 651-201-3400. Tell him to VETO preemption and not use it in any trade. This legislation hurts families and it’s bad for Minnesota.


REAL ID

A conference committee began meeting on Real ID legislation this week. The House bill includes language that would prevent undocumented immigrants from ever being able to obtain a driver’s license. The Senate passed a bill without the anti-immigrant language by a huge margin.

Call to Action:  Call the Conferees and tell them to support the language in the Senate bill and not the anti-immigrant language in the House bill.  Senate conferees are:  Eric Pratt (651-296-4123), Scott Newman (651-296-4131) and Ann Rest (651-296-2889). House conferees are: Dennis Smith (651-296-5502), Paul Torkelson (651-296-9303) and Gene Pelowski (651-296-8637).


Transit Funding

Under the House proposal, bus riders would experience significant fare increases along with service cuts of 40 percent. Metro Mobility, which provides services for people who are elderly and disabled, would experience significant fare increases and service reductions. It would significantly increase demands on already crowded freeways and start a downward spiral in our metro area transportation infrastructure.

Call to Action:  The transportation bills are in conference committee. Both have significant cuts to transit funding. Call House Majority Leader Kurt Daudt (651-296-5364) and Senator Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (651-296-4875) and tell them you support increased transit funding, not cuts!


Appleton Private Prison

The House legislation that includes the Appleton Private Prison has been sent to the conference committee. 

Call to Action: Call the Committee chairs and tell them you oppose the opening of the private prison.  Rep. Tony Cornish (651-296-4240) and Sen. Warren Limmer (651-296-2159).


Moral Citizenship Forum (without Congressman Emmer)

150 people of faith and ISAIAH leaders in the 6th congressional district gathered for a Moral Citizenship Forum this week. Their representative, Congressman Tom Emmer was invited several times by clergy with follow up phone calls but he never responded and he didn’t show. Instead, we heard he attended a fundraiser. Emmer has dropped the “Representative” from his title and turned his back on his constituency. We still gathered, sang, prayed and garnered hope as we prepared to work together to build the future we know is possible — sanctuary everywhere, affordable, accessible Healthcare for all, and care for creation!


Prophetic Resistance Celebration & Action:  Thurs, May 4; 10am – Noon

When you stand for justice, you stand with God!

Join ISAIAH clergy in an action to celebrate our 100 days of Prophetic Resistance! We are near the end of the Minnesota legislative session and it is important that our Senators, Representatives and Governor hear from you. Join us and tell them that the state budget must meet human needs, not corporate demands, and to back off preemption of local communities who are raising the bar on Earned Sick Time. When you stand for justice, you stand with God!

We will begin at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Ave W in St. Paul and then walk together to the Capitol. 


Elected Officials Contact Information

Who Represents Me? – Using your address, the district finder will retrieve a list of your representatives with contact information. Note: It’s more effective to call the local office of your Member of Congress.

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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