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Photos of the 2018 Public Meeting

These wonderful photos were taken by Amy Peterson from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Rick Johnson from People’s Church.  Click on any photo to enlarge it.  Then read about all that happened at the “Awesome Public Meeting!” in the next article.

Awesome Public Meeting!

“Amazing!” “Awesome!” “Best ever!”  Those were very frequent responses to our Public Meeting on October 25 in the sanctuary of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  Powerful presentations by our three task forces were followed by commitments—by the entire audience, the clergy, and candidates and local elected officials from all levels of government–to help build the Beloved […]

What do you want your legacy to be?

Emily Hazel graduated from high school just eight years ago, but she has been thinking about her legacy for a long time.  She’s our youngest donor to the new ISAAC Endowment Fund!  If you can, please join Emily in building an endowment that will generate funds for ISAAC way into the future.  We have raised […]

Church Women United Gives Human Rights Awards

Congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s Human Rights Awards given by Church Women United!  So many of them are part of ISAAC!  Left to right in the photo, they are: [su_list icon=”icon: check” icon_color=”#9602ca”] Rev. Morris Brooks from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, which just generously hosted the ISAAC Public Meeting Janette Evans, Trenches […]

ISAAC 2018 Public Meeting Evaluation

Thank you for attending, we would like your feedback. We would like to issue a sincere thank you to ALL who attended ISAAC’s 2018 Public Meeting! This work continues so that we see rooted policy/practice changes in Kalamazoo in the areas of: poverty, racism and housing. This work continues until all individuals in our Community […]

Message from the President & Executive Director

In this video, Martin Luther King Jr, spoke of The Beloved Community, which while not devoid of conflict, is free of violence. It is a place in which our deepest values of abundance, equity, community, hope, and most of all love are infused into our policies and practices, so that every individual is held as beloved.

Your presence is important at the Public Meeting October 25!

ISAAC Public Meetings in the past have been key to a long list of accomplishments with our partner agencies: Sunday buses and late night buses added by Metro; “Vote Yes for Kids” millage for families with kids in the schools to have a place to call home; “Group Violence Intervention” by KDPS and community leaders […]

Why the ISAAC Endowment? Denise’s Story

When I was a high school junior, my friends and I did what we could in a small Indiana city to support Cesar Chavez and the boycott of grapes and Gallo wine.  We picketed the liquor store owned by the local head of the Democratic Party, demanding that it stop selling Gallo wine.  We went […]

President’s & Executive Director’s Message

Join Us! You, Yes You! We would like to personally invite you to JOIN US and our El Concilio Family for: Nuestras Raices: Family, Culture, & Community: El Concilio’s 1st Annual Fundraising Gala Friday, September 28, 2018 6:30pm-10pm Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Cost for you an ISAAC member: $55 Many do not know the half of ALL […]

Everyone is needed on October 25th!

Public leaders who are willing to build a more just community need inspiration and support from our faith communities!  That’s what our Public Meeting is all about.  We need large numbers of people from our ISAAC congregations and organizations to be there on October 25.  Plan to bring everyone you can!  Come show our public […]

Anti-Racism Task Force will advocate for…

At the Public Meeting on October 25, the Anti-Racism Task Force will advocate for one “internal ask” and one “external ask.” The internal ask is for Clergy from ISAAC member congregations and organizations to commit to having clergy, leaders, congregants and members participate in an ISAAC Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Healing Circle. The […]

Anti-Poverty Task Force will advocate for…

How can we change hiring practices and policies to remove barriers to employment? Most people believe that having a job is a means for people to get out of poverty.  The Anti-Poverty Task Force has learned that people living in poverty experience multiple barriers to obtaining long-term employment. For example, people who experience food insecurity […]