Press Statements

ISAIAH Statement on Federal Government “Deal” to Extend Funding

ST. PAUL, Jan. 23, 2018 — Yesterday, Congress voted to pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund government operations through February 8.

We lament this failure of leadership on the part of both major parties.

Republicans, who control Congress as well as the White House, have failed for months to fund CHIP, an essential healthcare program serving 9 million children. In addition, they have failed to protect the lives of 800,000 young people who were born in another country and were protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Republican leadership have divisively and maliciously pitted the lives and health of these two groups of young people against each other.

Democrats, including Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, once again have failed to stand up for our immigrant brothers and sisters, and have caved on this false choice in the Republican’s cynical ploy. They caved in with no real assurance of a clean DREAM Act that would protect immigrant youth. They caved in without winning other important priorities like disaster relief funding for Americans in Puerto Rico and Virgin Island. In the meantime, over 122 Dreamers lose their status every day and face urgent danger of deportation and detention because DACA was not addressed in today’s deal.

Our faith calls us to lament these actions on the part of our elected officials. We will continue to bear witness and hold them accountable to their actions which violate our faith values. We will continue to organize to transform our communities, our state and our nation.

 

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ISAIAH Statement on 800,000 DACA Recipients, Nation Damaged by Rescind of Policy

ST. PAUL, Sept. 5, 2017 — Today President Trump made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While this decision is saturated in legalese language, it is absolutely immoral. President Trump has taken the lives of 800,000 young people and their families and washed his hands of them, taking no responsibility to ensure their security and well-being. It is inhumane, irresponsible and immoral to play politics with our lives and the lives of our families.  All people of faith, of good will, must stand together to demand that Congress immediately pass a clean DREAM Act bill.

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Faith Leaders: Christian Faith Compels Us to Collectively Denounce Domestic Terrorist Attack on Bloomington Mosque

Challenge our Elected Officials to Stop Peddling in Hate-Filled Rhetoric

Oakland, CA and BLOOMINGTON, MN – Following a horrific terroristic attack on a Bloomington Mosque, faith leaders with ISAIAH and PICO National Network, the nation’s largest body of faith-based groups and congregations, today issued the following statement:

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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

Statement from ISAIAH Regarding Gov. Dayton’s ‘Preemption’ Veto

May 30, 2017 – We are relieved that – after immense amounts of organizing and public pressure – Governor Dayton kept his promise to protect Minnesotan workers and families by vetoing the corporate power grab known as “preemption” of local democracy. It was especially cruel for legislative leaders to tie preemption to important benefits such as pension increases, paid parental leave for state employees and additional protections from wage theft.

ISAIAH clergy and leaders fought hard and won the nation’s best sick time policy for Minneapolis and St. Paul. Thanks to their efforts, allies, and Gov. Dayton’s veto today, 150,000 workers, will have access to Earned Sick and Safe Time on July 1st. Many families will be able to take off when ill or to care for a sick child. Cities have also maintained their ability to govern their communities in ways that are best for their constituents, including raising wages for workers and closing the wage gap for communities of color. This is most certainly a victory – not just for people of faith and those who have fought hard for this, but for all of Minnesota.

 


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