ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: October 7, 2017

ISAIAH’s Prophetic Resistance: October 7, 2017

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Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.” 

– Genesis 6:11

We are in the wake of yet another American tragedy that has resulted in many lives needlessly lost.

Each and every human life is sacred and valuable to us and to God – no exceptions. Each and every act of violence harms one or more of our beloved brothers and sisters. It harms children of God. It violates us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Violence is often fueled by feelings of powerlessness. It is used as a means to achieve ‘power over’ others, a substitute for enduring, relational power. In order to reduce violence, we must address the causes of these feelings of powerlessness in ourselves. Guns radically alter the equations of power and powerlessness by depersonalizing violence and emboldening those who have access to guns and wield them. Guns provide a temporary, but illusory, remedy for feelings of powerlessness and/or fear of others.

God has provided all that we need for us to be safe. Safety is not scarce. All God’s children can be safe in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. The question is, when will we collectively embrace this truth?


 

Victory! Graham-Cassidy Affordable Care Act (ACA) Repeal Bill Fails

Thanks to your phone calls and by working together with people from around the country, we STOPPED this horrible and harmful bill that would have stolen healthcare from millions of Americans, ended Medicaid as we know it, and caused great harm to our healthcare system.

With your prophetic resistance to the continual attacks on the ACA and the healthcare our families depend on, we will eventually slay this dragon. We will then be able to reclaim a path toward a healthier and more equitable Minnesota and nation by building on the ACA to making it better so that everyone has the healthcare they need.

Pictured above:  Minnesotans who rely on Medicaid every day joined together with Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith to defend it.

 


 

Congress MUST ACT on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

In Minnesota, 6,300 children and young adults are at risk of losing protection from deportation!  The Trump Administration ended DACA, the program for people who were brought as undocumented children to the U.S. For those who qualified, DACA provided protection from deportation and a social security number that enabled them to obtain a work permit and a driver’s license. Read ISAIAH’s press statement on the decision to rescind this program.

CALL TO ACTION:  Call your Member of Congress tell them to support a clean DREAM Act and comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.

Betty McCollum  651-224-9191
Rick Nolan 218-464-5095
Tim Walz 507-388-2149
Collin Peterson 218-847-5056
Tom Emmer 763-241-6848
Jason Lewis 888-216-4934
Keith Ellison  612-522-1212
Erik Paulson 952-405-8510


The Faithful Fight for $15!

ISAIAH clergy and coalition partners hosted a press conference to ensure that St. Paul commits to raising the wage to a livable standard. Working Minnesotans should be compensated for their work. Poverty wages, are not compensation.  Watch the video here.

 


 

Sanctuary Network Grows in Greater Minnesota

Last week Peace United Church of Christ in Duluth voted overwhelmingly to be a Sanctuary congregation and live out their faith by standing with undocumented people. The Duluth News Tribune published an article about Sanctuary and Peace UCC’s deliberation.

This week, four Rochester faith communities held a joint press conference to declare their commitment to immigrant justice and Sanctuary. The communities include Peace United Church of Christ, Rochester Friends, Sisters of St. Francis, and First Unitarian Universalist Church.

Sister Ruth Snyder explained why the Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester have become a sanctuary supporting faith community: “As Catholics, we have the example of Pope Francis, who has been outspoken in his defense of immigrants.  He has said that we have a moral responsibility to welcome and aid them. Thus, we Sisters of Saint Francis commit ourselves to work together with all faith traditions in caring for our immigrant brothers and sisters and to advocate for policies and laws that respect their dignity and their rights.”

By the grace of God, there are now 51 congregations in the Sanctuary Network across Minnesota.

 


 

Webinar:  The Power of Twitter: 101 Training

Don’t have a Twitter? Don’t know how to use it? Don’t see the value of you signing up? Let’s talk about it! Join us to learn what Twitter is, how to sign up, and, most importantly, why YOU should be using it – especially in our movement work.

This is a Twitter beginners’ training. The same content will be covered in both trainings. No need to attend both.

Wed, October 11 at 12 noon-1 pm.  Register here: http://tinyurl.com/TwitterPower101-1

Thurs, October 12 at 6-7:00 pm.  Register here: http://tinyurl.com/TwitterPower101-2


Saint Paul Mayoral Forum and Summit: Sunday, Oct 15

For the first time in 12 years, we are electing a new Mayor of Saint Paul. This is a critical time for us as people of faith to make our voices heard on racial and economic justice in Saint Paul politics.

Come hear your mayoral candidates and learn about their stance on racial and economic justice issues such as $15 minimum wage, mass incarceration and sanctuary/immigration.

We will also prepare ourselves to build the kind of power necessary to lead an agenda around racial and economic justice at the city and state level. This involves engaging more than 1,000 leaders in St. Paul by February through house meetings, shaping our faith agenda and caucusing on Feb. 6th for the Governor’s race in 2018.

Sunday, October 15 from 4-6:30 pm at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 Dale Street N in St. Paul.  Register here: http://www.tinyurl.com/stpaulpower

 


 

Minneapolis City Council Multi-Ward Candidate Forum: Monday, Oct 16

All candidates for City Council in Wards 8, 11, 12 and 13 have been invited and most are confirmed.

Join us as we exercise our responsibilities as faithful, informed voters. We will engage our potential city representatives on their visions and intentions on topics such as environmental justice, immigration & Sanctuary, as well as safety and affordability in the city for ALL residents.

Ward residents will be in small groups with their candidates and be given the opportunity to discuss a spectrum of topics related to racial and economic justice.

Monday, October 16 from 7-9:00 pm at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community, 4537 3rd Ave S, in Minneapolis.


We have been called for such a time as this!

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