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Anti-Racism Update

Kalamazoo area residents may wonder why our neighborhoods are so highly segregated by race. The vast majority of people of color in the city and county, live in just three neighborhoods—Northside, Eastside and Edison. Matt Smith of the Kalamazoo Public Library provided the Anti-Racism Task Force with an answer: federal government policy. During the end […]

Update on the State Budget From Representative Jon Hoadley

The Anti-Poverty Task Force has been working with State Representative Jon Hoadley to develop a plan to decrease poverty in our community. At the ISAAC Public Meeting in October 2018, Rep. Hoadley and the other candidates in districts 60, 61, 63 and 66 agreed to start a process to change state policies to extend benefits […]

Affordable Housing Update

Our workshop on “Healing Through Exploring Local History of Segregation & Racism” was so effective, that the ISAAC Housing Task Force and TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation) are planning on repeating it! We’re looking for an evening date for municipal leaders who were not at the February workshop, especially officials from Portage, Texas, Oshtemo, […]

Welcome to Two New ISAAC Leaders

A very warm welcome to the new NAACP President Wendy Fields and the new Lutheran Church of the Savior Pastor Nikki Smith! We are very pleased to have each of you leading parts of our ISAAC family! We look forward to the insights you’ll bring to our work together, building the Beloved Community. Thank you […]

Great Endowment Growth!

We are well on our way to reaching our $50,000 goal to create an Endowment Fund for ISAAC! Huge thanks to all our awesome donors. As soon as we reach $50,000, ISAAC will begin to receive annual interest income! If you can help—with any size gift—just put “ISAAC Endowment Fund” in the memo space of […]

President & Executive Director’s Message

Dear ISAAC Family, During this time when we are experiencing and witnessing anger, barriers, fear, uncertainty, isolation, oppression, disparity, segregation, trauma, hatred, exhaustion, bigotry, mourning, silencing, loss of hope and violence, “May we lift up our eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh our help. Our help cometh from the LORD.” – Psalm 121:1-2 May our anger be productive and never destructive. […]

Banquet on May 18 – Shared Tables!

“Yes, our ‘Table of 8’ would be happy to sit at two neighboring tables that we share with another congregation or organization, to help build the ‘Beloved Community.’” This is a new choice you have when you buy your Banquet tickets!  Whether you purchase your tickets online or get them in your own congregation or organization, […]