ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: July 15, 2017

ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: July 15, 2017

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“Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?” 

– Malachi 2:10

The work we are called to as people of God is not done in a silo. Although various issues impact communities differently than others, all are impacted. While the notion of Sanctuary has been focused on undocumented immigrants, especially Latino immigrants, each and every human being’s sense and embodiment of Sanctuary is a necessity for us to all experience liberation and safety. Likewise, the intricate ways that access to quality healthcare and education are tied to our liberation as a nation and people, makes it clear that we must invest our time, energy and resources in these for our collective shalom*.

It’s also no secret that for every pain, issue, and trial that is experienced on this earth, adding the factor of class doubles the infliction and race exacerbates the pain. God’s call for us to make each other’s burdens our own is a blueprint to bring resolve to the suffering. It’s not a system to spread the pain around, but a divine method to end it.

Working to end the injustice in healthcare, the industrial prison complex, environment, education, immigration, worker rights, racism, classism, sexism, etc., are not separate issues. We aren’t each other’s enemy. The biblical “Powers and Principalities” are good at dividing and confusing us on why we need to collectively do the work laid before us. We honor our common Creator by being faithful to one another through our radical love.

*Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace. It’s most often found in sacred text and spoken in Jewish traditions. Shalom is derived from a root denoting wholeness or completeness and, in short, describes holistic peace with self and community.

Minnesotans Speak Out to Save Medicaid & MinnesotaCare

ISAIAH leaders, clergy and allies gathered at the Minnesota Senate building to share powerful testimonials on the importance of accessible and affordable healthcare on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. (Pictured above is Andrea Sorum from Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis speaking to the press about how MinnesotaCare has been her ladder out of poverty.)

While the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, end Medicaid as we know it, take healthcare away from 22 million Americans and blow a $2 billion immediate hole in Minnesota’s budget, our Minnesota State legislators began meeting to discuss Health Care Access and Affordability. During the last legislative session they cut $500 million from our state Health and Human Services budget and raided our Healthcare Access Fund, which provides healthcare for vulnerable Minnesotans.

Watch the press conference and listen to the testimonials here.

Embrace our neighbors, Northfield

ISAIAH leader, Kathryn Lozada, wrote a timely letter to the editor of Northfield News in response to Rep. Jason Lewis “dehumanizing an entire group of people as ‘criminal aliens’.” As Kathryn made clear, we can’t allow fear to foster hate. Every person is worthy of dignity and respect. Within systems of oppression everyone suffers, but our collective liberation is possible through faith and our hands on the plow.

Wake up!  Action Needed NOW!  Let Your Light Shine! 

The Senate is plans to vote on their Obamacare replacement bill next week. This bill would cause 22 million people to lose their health insurance, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and end Medicaid as we know it. It would hurt Minnesota families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

If passed by the Senate, it’s likely the House will then put the bill up for an immediate vote so citizens will have no time to voice concerns or opposition.

Call to Action:  Call your Representative and tell them to vote “NO” on any reconciliation of the healthcare bills.

Call to Action:  Ask your family and friends in other States to call their Senators and tell them to vote “NO” on any health care legislation that would cause anyone to lose access to good, affordable health insurance.

Call to Action:  Join us as we call people around the country and engage them in a discussion about saving Medicaid and affordable healthcare! We will ask them to call their U.S. Senator.  Mon July 17; Tues July 18; Wed July 19; 5-8:00pm each day.  Email to let us know when you’re coming. Location: SEIU State Council, 2233 University Ave W # 422, St Paul.




Our Kids, Our Voice: Leadership for Parents, Teachers & ECE Directors

Join us for this informational session for independent childcare providers, workers and parents who want to learn how they can impact childcare funding decisions at the state level.

Saturday, July 15; 9:30-Noon at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd, Minneapolis.

We have been called for such a time as this!

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