Mayflower’s ISAIAH team will host actions this fall that engage church members in implementation of uncompleted portions of the “Faith Agenda” that Mayflower and ISAIAH developed in 2017-2018. That agenda included:
- Health care and extension of provider tax
- Funding of childcare and early education
- Paid medical and family leave
- Drivers licenses for all immigrants
- 100% clean energy by 2015
- Criminal justice and civic inclusion of felons
ISAIAH and allies were successful in extending the health care provider tax that was scheduled to sunset this year. This provides the state with the crucial financial resources to maintain and enhance health care services to low and moderate-income Minnesotans.
The Minnesota House and Governor Walz supported the ISAIAH “Faith Agenda” priority legislation but unfortunately, the Minnesota Senate refused to hold hearings on the legislation.
But the good news is the entire Minnesota Senate is up for election in 2020. That provides a wonderful opportunity for ISAIAH to participate in the selection and election of Senate candidates. This fall we will focus on updating the “Faith Agenda” and preparing for the February 2020 precinct caucus and subsequent state and national election process.
ISAIAH is also adding some housing advocacy to its efforts. We tentatively plan on showing “Jim Crow of the North” in September, a documentary on housing and racial disparity issues.
On October 24 at 6:30 pm, we plan to hear from County Commissioner Marion Green whose district includes Mayflower church. We will discuss a proposed Hennepin County plan to build 1,000 units of affordable housing for families. ISAIAH would like to see this number increased to 3,100 units, which more closely reflects the actual need.
Another initiative includes adding gun safety and control to the priority list of ISAIAH’s “Faith Agenda” and more actively engage Mayflower’s talented youth in our social justice work.