ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: Week of May 19, 2017

ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: Week of May 19, 2017

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ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance Campaign
News and Actions for the Week of May 19

Monday is the last scheduled day of this year’s Minnesota legislative session. As of late Friday afternoon, Governor Dayton and the Legislature are far from a final deal. It is likely the Governor will need to call a special session. Budget bills need to be passed by June 30 or the state government will shut down. Everything is still on the table, from vital services and health care to workers’ rights.

REAL ID Signed: Victory Belongs to You!

The Governor signed a REAL ID bill this week that was “clean” from the anti-immigrant provision that was part of the House’s original bill. Congratulations go to all who called to express opposition and to encourage legislators and the Governor to reject such hateful language.

Judiciary/Public Safety Budget Bill

Those same mean-hearted legislators who supported the anti-immigrant language in the REAL ID bill have snuck the same language into the Judiciary/Public Safety budget bill. This provision takes away the ability of an administration to someday allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. We can’t let that happen! The Bible could hardly be clearer about the commandment that we are to welcome the immigrant.

Also in this budget bill is language directing the Department of Corrections to do an appraisal of the now closed Appleton prison, owned by a for profit corporation. No one should be allowed to profit from incarceration of people.

Call to Action: Call the Governor (651-201-3400) to thank him for standing up for a clean REAL ID bill. Ask him to stand strong and reject controversial provisions in the Judiciary/Public Safety budget bill, especially those that hurt immigrant communities.

Healthcare in Minnesota

The Governor vetoed the troubling Health & Human Services Omnibus Bill so it’s back in the hands of the legislature.  

Call to Action: Call the Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (651-296-5364) and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (651-296-4875). Tell them to pass a Health and Human Services budget bill that does not push children and families off Medicaid, that preserves MinnesotaCare, and that prevents the theft of public assets from non-profit health insurance companies.

NO Preemption: Not Now, Not Ever

On Thursday, ISAIAH members joined with coalition partners at the Governor’s office to deliver a clear message: Minnesota families don’t accept preemption, not now, and not ever. While Governor Dayton has committed to vetoing preemption, we have no guarantee that state Republicans won’t try to strip away local control through other bills or negotiations. We need him to be the people’s goalie and block efforts to steal sick time from 150,000 people and stop cities from raising the minimum wage. Pictured above is Rev. James Erlandson, pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul, with a message he delivered to the Governor’s office.

This pre-emption video, produced by the Minnesota AFL-CIO, is superb.


Invest in Success Rally for Public Education: Sat., May 20, 12-3:00pm
Education Minnesota, 41 Sherburne Ave, St. Paul. (In case of thunderstorms, the rally will move to the Capitol Rotunda.)

Massive cuts proposed to the Federal Department of Education in combination with inadequate state-level education investments would hurt the children in communities that have already been historically marginalized. This is our last chance this legislative session to tell legislators to stop playing risky games with our children’s futures.

End of Session Vigil on the Capitol Steps: Sun., May 21, 3-4:00pm

The legislative session ends this Monday at midnight, and the negotiations between Governor Dayton and legislative leadership in the coming days will determine whether we protect immigrants, low-income Minnesotans and local democracy this session. We will pray that love and justice are at the heart of the decisions they make during these closing hours.

Choral Benefit Concert for the Minnesota Sanctuary Network: Sunday, May 21, 4:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N Dale Street in St. Paul

People’s Congress for Climate Justice: Mon., May 22, 4:30-6pm, Minnesota State Capitol

Join people who want to protect the planet as we offer our own proposals for what we want the legislature to do this session to advance climate justice. Prepare a one minute speech about an idea you want to propose!  RSVP to (Co-sponsored by Community Power, MN350, MN Interfaith Power and Light, and ISAIAH.)


Kids Count on Us

On Tuesday, we joined childcare providers, Kids Count On Us, NOC and elected officials at the Capitol calling for increased investment in childcare funding. Despite a $1.65 billion budget surplus, the Health and Human Services conference committee has proposed a substantial cut to childcare reimbursement funding. It’s time to invest in our kids, not cut their funding.



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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