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Housing Work in 2017

Housing was chosen again at the ISAAC Issues Convention on October 26, 2017, after a hiatus of two years.  All these housing experts spoke asking for housing to be chosen: Open Doors KalamazooDeputy Director Stephanie Hoffman Housing Resources, Inc.Program Director Jennifer Welles City of Kalamazoo Community DevelopmentManager Dorla Bonner Kalamazoo County Public Housing CommissionChair David […]

Early Childhood & Education Work in 2017

Anti-Racism, Anti-Poverty and Affordable Housing were the top three vote-getters at the 2017 Issues Convention, edging out Early Childhood & Education for the first time in ten years! The Early Childhood & Education Task Force has a decade of impressive history, successfully advocating with community partners for increased dental services in elementary schools; for establishing […]

Youth Violence Prevention in 2017

It’s a sign of progress that Youth Violence Prevention was not chosen as a top concern of community members surveyed in our Listening Engagement before the 2017 Issues Convention.  One reason may be that the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force had accomplished their long-held goal of instituting Group Violence Intervention (GVI) in Kalamazoo and had […]

President’s Message

Scripture gives us valuable direction on the importance of the work that we do. “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. “    – Isaiah 1:17 “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. “    – Proverbs 31:9 “Give justice to the weak and the […]

Beloved Community Walk/Run: Moving Towards Justice

  Form your Beloved Community TEAM Today!  Walk or Run with us Towards Justice! To bring the Kalamazoo County Community together, ISAAC usually has an Annual Banquet. In 2018 we will host a Walk/Run instead–Building the Beloved Community: Moving Towards Justice. The Beloved Community is an inclusive, democratic reality, which while not devoid of conflict, is free of violence. It is a place […]

Public Safety Chiefs Lunch Meeting

El Concilio and ISAAC hosted a Luncheon with our new Chief, Karianne Thomas and Asst. Chief Dave Boysen. Our discussion included the work both organizations are doing, continued partnership and growth in open communication, trust, justice and culturally competent practices. A special thank you to Chief Thomas and Assistant Chief Boysen for their commitment to […]

Service of Remembrance: Lives Lost to Gun Violence

“Turn up the heat, and the snakes come out.” When Dr. Michael T. Scott, Sr., Senior Pastor at Galilee Baptist Church began reading his chosen text, Acts 28.1-10, I was not alone in wondering where exactly he could possibly be taking us! But by the time he completed his words of hope and inspiration, the […]