Clergy, Faith Leaders Held ‘Church’ at the Capitol

Congregations call out state-wide, national injustices in budget, bills on ‘National Day of Prayer’

Today 150 clergy and faith leaders came together in the name of faith, mercy and justice as they held a ‘Triune Prophetic Worship for Justice’ at the Capitol. This involved three worship services of prayer, singing, scriptural reading and sermons at three very important locations to the people of State of Minnesota – the House Chambers, the Senate Chambers and the Governor’s office. They lamented the current injustices, called out the moral violations represented in recent policies and politics as well as celebrated the prophetic vision of justice, love and humanity that people of faith know is possible.

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ISAIAH Statement on Trumpcare House Vote

May 4, 2017

This is a time for public lament.

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 for the so-called “American Health Care Act.” Minnesota’s Congressional Representatives Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen and Tom Emmer all voted yes, while Tim Walz, Betty McCullom, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan all voted no.

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Minnesota State Budget Reflects Morality or Moral Depravity; Legislature Must Choose

Clergy gather at Capitol to remind elected officials that state budget is more than an economic document, it’s a moral one

$599 Million cut to Health and Human Services does not reflect morality

ST. PAUL – April 6, 2017 – Clergy across the state of Minnesota, of many different faith denominations, gathered at the state Capitol this morning to remind the legislature that the budget in contemplation this session is a moral document. This reminder comes at a time when the legislature is preparing to go on a recess that is calendared around Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday.

The press conference can be viewed here.

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Statement on “Reinsurance”

Statement on “Reinsurance”

From ISAIAH, TakeAction Minnesota, The Land Steward Project and Minnesota Nurses Association


April 3, 2017 — “We are deeply disappointed that the state legislature passed and the Governor did not act to veto the “Reinsurance” bill. This program is a $542 million giveaway to health insurance companies. It was passed and allowed to become law despite the refusal of the insurance industry to provide any guarantees of affordability or provider choice. The program steals $400 million from a fund to provide healthcare to low-income Minnesotans, setting vulnerable Minnesotans on a course towards a crisis in coming years. The reinsurance program lacks accountability, and will be overseen by a board that is stacked by the insurance industry itself.

We are especially disappointed as the legislature has failed to act on the MinnesotaCare buy-in option, as proposed by Governor Dayton. This sensible option would guarantee access to health insurance in every corner of the state and provide high-quality affordable healthcare coverage to all Minnesotans.

Especially in these times of federal attacks on healthcare, this is a drastic failure of vision and leadership on the part of our state government, as well as a powerful example of the extent of corporate power to set public policy and control public dollars.”



ISAIAH Leaders of Greater Minnesota Release Report Detailing the High Cost of ACA Repeal for the State

Greater Minnesota Likely to be Disproportionately Impacted

Repeal Plan Takes Health Care Away, Shifts Costs to Patients, Inflicts Large-Scale Economic Harm

OTSEGO, EDEN PRAIRIE, and COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. – February 23, 2017 –  ISAIAH faith leaders, clergy and people who depend on the ACA for health care are disseminating the newly released Health Care for America Now (HCAN) report to state representatives and staff this week.  This report details the impact of repealing the ACA on individuals and on Minnesota’s economy.

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