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13 May the God of your hope so fill
you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your
faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing
(bubbling over) with hope.
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The Creating Options Together Fellowship Dinner is coming up Saturday May 2nd! The Depot Renaissance Hotel Minneapolis will host a lovely dinner and the opportunity to hear about God’s heart for the poor in the Twin Cities. You won’t want to miss this evening of inspiration.
You’ll hear from the Cru staff and inner-city partners about the many ways God has been at work in the Twin Cities in the past year. You’ll have opportunity to expand the capacity of our work with your investments. Best of all, you will join us in honoring the Lord for His faithfulness.
p Foundation has applications for youth ages
7-15 who have moderate to severe asthma to attend Camp Superkids. t30 slots being held for African
American/minority/low income youth tIf child receives free or reduced
lunch, may attend at no cost tCampers learn to better manage
their asthma tCamp is at YMCA Ihduhapi in
Loretta, MN-transportation will be provided tRegistration packet includes
parent and physician forms tApplications need to be returned
to Stairstep by Friday, May 8th
As people of faith, we believe our moral compass comes from the things God calls us to do. During this legislative session, the ISAIAH community is acting out of a fundamental set of values - dignity, inclusion, equity and redemption. Working together with our state leaders, we will put the truth of God's love back at the center of our lives and our society.
ISAIAH Racial Justice Day at the Capitol
On Thursday, more than 100 ISAIAH leaders came together for a legislative issue training, legislative visits, and to offer public prayers in the Capitol for our legislators to advance driver’s licenses for immigrants, provide dedicated and sustainable funding for public transit, restore the vote, and make reforms to our juvenile justice system – all clear, moral, commonsense policies that would be profound steps toward addressing racial inequities.
Some of our efforts on that day were covered by these media outlets:
ISAIAH President Rev. Paul Slack and ISAIAH leaders participating in a prayer vigil outside the Senate chambers.
Members of ISAIAH and other community groups assembled at the State Capitol on April 16 for a March and Rally to demand a comprehensive transportation bill that includes dedicated and sustainable funding for public transit. March participants traveled through Capitol halls and tunnels and stopped at various points to deliver transit stories
Over the past decade, funding for bus service has remained stagnant while ridership has increased by 14% in the metro area and 25% in greater Minnesota. Unfortunately, the transportation bill that passed the House this week cuts funding by 15%, falling drastically short of what's needed to reduce overcrowding and increase limited service.
Photo by Transit for Livable Communities.
The Senate’s transportation bill is more in line with what we are advocating and will be brought to the floor for a vote soon.
On April 16, GRIP-ISAIAH leaders visited the Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee Rep. Jim Knoblach (R-St. Cloud), to share the reasons they support extending the Northstar Commuter Rail Line to St. Cloud. Last week, the Minnesota House defeated legislation proposed to study the issue.
Restore the Vote and Juvenile Justice Reform
Restore the Vote and Juvenile Justice Reform were both included in the Judiciary Omnibus bill passed by the Minnesota Senate on Thursday while many ISAIAH leaders observed from the Gallery. These policy changes will now be part of negotiations with the House in Conference Committees.
Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants
Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants legislation (i.e. Safe Roads bill) has been added to the Senate Transportation Omnibus Bill and is coming up for a vote soon.
Our powerful, faith-based presence at the Capitol during the session so far, especially Thursday’s Racial Justice Day has been critical in helping to pass these moral, commonsense policies. The power and effectiveness of faith and personal testimony was also highlighted when Sen. Scott Newman cited ISAIAH leader Demetria Carter’s courageous testimony (see this KARE-TV article and video news) as a factor in beginning to change his mind on the Restore the Vote issue.
Legislative Faith Summits
100 people from congregations in Moorhead met with Sen. Kent Eken, Rep. Ben Lien, and Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams to talk about transit needs in Greater Minnesota, affordable housing, health, and economic security of families.
Sen. Barb Goodwin and Rep. Carolyn Laine joined 50 ISAIAH leaders at United Church of Christ in New Brighton to talk about better public transit, driver’s licenses for immigrants, restoring the vote, and working families.
50 people from two northeast metro Catholic churches (Guardian Angels in Oakdale and St. Ambrose in Woodbury) attended a meeting with Reps. Kelly Fenton and JoAnn Ward and Sen. Susan Kent to discuss public transit, affordable housing, childcare, and sick and parental leave policies.
At St. Odilia Catholic Church in Shoreview, more than 100 people gathered to discuss driver’s licenses for immigrants and public transit funding with Rep. Barb Yarusso.
On April 14 ISAIAH leaders visited and prayed at 11 Pawn America and Payday America stores, calling on their owner and chair of the Retailers Association, Brad Rixmann, to stop lobbying efforts against policies that support worker justice, paid family leave and paid sick days. In the photo, an ISAIAH leader hands a letter addressed to Mr. Roxmann to a store manager.
RSVP for Isaiah Community Meeting - Saturday, May 16, 9am - 3pm
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Saturday May 16, 2015 9 am-3 pm Lunch will be provided Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill 105 University Ave. W. St. Paul MN 55155
We have been on an amazing, faith-filled journey together these past few months! And it is time for us to gather again, as the core leadership of ISAIAH, to celebrate the incredible work we have done together – to create a fair and accessible public transit system across our state, to reform our juvenile justice system, to restore the vote for 47,000 Minnesotans, to save MNCare, to create a moral economy for working families and to garner driver’s licenses for immigrants in our state.
Regardless of whether all of these pass into policy in this legislative session, we have made a profound difference in our state!
What all these campaigns and issues have in common is that they are about advancing the fundamental truth that we are all human beings, created in the image of God and deserving of peace, justice and dignity. We deserve to thrive, not merely survive. Together we have carried this deeper truth into the streets, into the offices of legislators, at hearings, in rallies and marches and in houses of worship across our state.
Now it is time we look forward and chart our journey ahead.
We have learned so much together in the past six months both about what amazing things we can accomplish when we work together as people of faith as well as what tremendous obstacles we face to truly achieve racial justice in our state and to meaningfully tackle the economic and racial inequities of our state and our society. It is sobering.
The first step in carving out our future together is to understand what we have learned rooted in the deepest truths of our faith. From there we can begin to imagine, together, a strategic path forward—a path that none of us can imagine alone but only when we are connected to one another.
Join us on May 16th as we:
dive deeply into how our faith has grown and transformed us in the past few months.
discuss what we have learned this session and about the nature of politics and power in our state. We will examine, together, the Signs of Our Times.
train and equip ourselves for the kind of prophetic leadership required of us to grow our movement and to unleash our power.
begin to chart our strategy for the rest of 2015 through 2017.
We will also act! As our elected leaders enter the final days of the session, they will need to hear from us to understand that the lives of human beings depend on them to make the moral choice we have put before them around public transit, Drivers’ Licenses, Juvenile Justice Reform and Restore the Vote.
Please join us on this day. We are all needed for our work ahead!