• Racial Healing & Action Service From Sep 2, 2015

  • Listening Engagement Listening to neighborhood concerns

  • Affordable Housing Places to call home cost less than shelters

  • Youth Violence Prevention Working with our youth to teach them life lessons about violence

  • Early Childhood Education Quality preschool for many more children

  • Transportation Many jobs are at night and on Sundays

  • Public Meeting New partnerships within the community

  • Public Meeting Closing Prayer Coming together

  • Annual Banquet Inspiration

Our Mission

ISAAC is an interfaith organizing network of congregations and strategic partners working together to build a more just community.

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We are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Unitarians and Non-Religious. We are Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Middle Eastern and White. We are Immigrants. We are suburban, inner-city and rural. We are haves, have-nots, and have-a- little-want-mores. We are bold, tenacious, and we don’t back down. We are Kalamazoo County!

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Latest News

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Awesome Virtual Public Meeting

December 2, 2020

Awesome Virtual Public Meeting! The turnout was amazing! ISAAC held our first virtual Public Meeting on October 22, to call for “policies and practices infused with love, hope, equity and abundance”–the words Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to describe the Beloved Community. Nearly 500 people tuned in during the meeting, and over 3500 have [...]

Video Clips of Public Meeting

December 2, 2020

You can watch the whole meeting at ISAAC – Virtual Public Meeting 2020 Or you can watch any sections you choose: ● Performers and opening blessings and songs ● Elder King’s welcome & explanation of the public meeting purpose ● Housing Task Force Presentation ● Anti-Racism TF Presentation ● Gun Violence Prevention TF Presentation ● [...]

ISAAC & TRHT Housing Task Force – “Asks” & YES Responses

December 2, 2020

Ask #1 – Housing Equity Ordinances in More Municipalities Good evening, I’m Andrew Chaponda, I’m Ellen Nelson. I’m Brenda Henry. I’m Cathy Phason. And I’m Parker James.   Andrew – We have some celebrating to do!! The Housing Equity Ordinance–that ISAAC proposed at our Public Meeting two years ago—PASSED the Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously! This [...]

Anti-Racism Task Force – “Asks” & YES Responses

December 1, 2020

Good evening, my name is Al Dixon, I am a co-chair of the Anti-Racism Task Force. We are committed to anti-racism and racial healing work because our history impacts our present and we continue to see systemic racism threaded within the practices and policies of our country, our local communities, and our institutions. We believe [...]

Gun Violence Prevention Task Force – “Asks” & YES Responses

December 1, 2020

Good evening my name is Rick Omilian, co-chair of the ISAAC Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. One year ago, we stood before the community at the ISAAC Issues Convention and shared statistics and news headlines about gun violence in Kalamazoo County in 2019. Gun violence within our community has shifted under Covid-19. Through Oct. 13, 2020 [...]

Beloved Community Members – Gun Violence Survivor Stories

December 1, 2020

We invite you to listen to our Beloved Community Members, Ms. Melody Coleman, Dr. Pat Stromsta and Ms. Gwendolyn Lewis as they share their personal stories of how gun violence has impacted their lives. We want to send heartfelt love and gratitude to these awesome women! Ms. Melody Coleman Dr. Pat Stromsta Ms. Gwendolyn Lewis

It’s a T.R.I.P.

December 1, 2020

Trauma Reducing Informed Practices Our community has unfortunately been experiencing the impacts of gun violence. Many of us are wondering what we can do collectively. Please know you are not alone. We are in this together! We invite you to view this virtual community discussion recording. It’s a T.R.I.P, standing for Trauma Reducing, Informed Practices [...]

ISAAC News – Virtual Public Meeting October 22!

October 15, 2020

Our Journey Continues… Dear Beloved Community Members, thank you for your support and for joining us for our 2020 Virtual Journey to DC for Racial Justice! We traveled over 7,000 miles together!!! BUT WE CAN’T STOP MOVING NOW! Our vital work continues!!! Please listen to our ISAAC President, Elder Doug King’s opening inspirational message inviting [...]

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