ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: June 17, 2017

ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: June 17, 2017

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Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

– Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

 

In a world filled with hate, hurt and tragedy, mourning is expected. Some communities mourn more than others. This should not be. Even if one community experiences more trauma than another, the rest of us are mandated to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). It’s not for the sake of being “nice” but instead to be in right relationship with one another.  

What is particularly important about mourning, is that it won’t last forever because these “blessed” mourners are promised comfort. When communities lament injustice, God is faithful to listen and to act. We can choose to lament with them, or indict ourselves as co-conspirators in their oppression.

Who or what community stands in the need of some communal lament today? Whom can you mourn with and whom will you bring blessed comfort?


People of Faith Let Their Light Shine at the Capitol (and won!)

This past legislative session was difficult for many of us. The majority of legislators targeted those whom our faith tells us we must hold most dear – the worker, the immigrant, the child, and those who struggle every day to keep their heads above water – so that big business and the wealthy could reap even more of our common resources.

But people of faith involved with ISAIAH let their light shine and stood hand-in-hand with other community members to prevent 150,000 workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul from losing the sick and safe leave benefits they had fought for at the city level. Because of your faithful efforts, on July 1st they will begin to earn sick time.

Minnesota’s legislature has still not wrapped up all its business. The Governor has refused to fund the Legislature itself until they redo some of the legislation they passed in the final days of the session. A lawsuit has been filed against him by the majorities in both the Senate and House, and like others throughout Minnesota, we’re waiting to see what happens next.

In the meantime, we celebrate you and the great victory we achieved together by letting the light of our faith shine!


Legislative Session’s Impact on MN Immigrants – ISAIAH Webinar

Monday, June 19 at 3:30 – 4:30 PM

It was a chaotic legislative session filled with ups and downs. This webinar is to get through the weeds of how this session has impacted immigrants in Minnesota. We will also give you key actions on what we can do moving forward. Please join us and bring your questions!

You MUST pre-register, https://zoom.us/m…/register/178d4988812342d5cde7dc3c8da9331e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Public Hearing: $15 for Minneapolis

Thursday, June 22 at 3pm, Minneapolis City Hall, 400 S Fourth St

Minneapolis workers are on the verge of winning a historic victory: a $15/hour minimum wage. This would raise the pay for 71,000 workers, disproportionately workers of color, immigrants and women workers. The City of Minneapolis’ economic impact study confirms that $15 would give massive stimulus to the local economy and help reduce food insecurity.

People of faith through ISAIAH are wielding power to improve the lives of workers. It is only because of the victory in defeating pre-emption at the State Capitol that this effort can move forward today. Anyone can testify at the hearing. Please arrive at 2:30pm. Let’s be there to tell the city council that all workers need enough to live a life with dignity.  


 

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

 


We have been called for such a time as this!

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