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Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Following a trip in December 2016 to Carlsbad, California for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) training, a handful of Kalamazoo agencies, organizations (including ISAAC) and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation returned to plan Kalamazoo’s First Annual National Day of Racial Healing in January 2017. TRHT is a community-based process to plan for and bring about […]

ISAAC Endowment Fund Has Begun

As of December 2017, we have an ISAAC Endowment Fund “under development”!  That means we’re well on our way to creating a fund that will generate income for ISAAC every year!  We have three and a half years to fully fund it (at $50,000) so it will begin to generate annual income. Thanks to five ISAAC leaders, it […]

2017 Banquet Success!

Over 500 people turned out for the ISAAC Banquet at the WMU Bernhard Center on May 6, to hear Dr. Rubén Martinez speak and to honor Lifetime Achievement awardee Rev. Robert Rasmussen (RIP) and awardees Northside Ministerial Alliance, Hispanic American Council, and Youth Violence Prevention leader Venessa Collins-Smith. “We are here to leave a better […]

First Ever Run/Walk/Roll Planned

In 2017 we planned our first-ever Walk/Run/Roll–Building the Beloved Community: Moving Towards Justice! in Spring Valley Park on June 30, 2018, instead of a banquet this year. The Beloved Community is an inclusive, democratic reality, which while not devoid of conflict, is free of violence. It is a place in which our deepest values of abundance, equity, […]

ISAAC represented on Foundation for Excellence

ISAAC Family member Rabbi Matt Zerwekh, Rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel and a member of the ISAAC Executive Committee, was recommended as the faith sector representative on the inaugural board of the Foundation of Excellence. ISAAC Family member Rev. Nathan  Dannison…

Anti-Poverty Work in 2017

Poverty was chosen as a top priority for the first time at the ISAAC Issues Convention on October 26, 2017.  Poverty has been a major focus of our task forces on Housing, Transit, Early Childhood & Education, and Youth Violence Prevention ever since the first ISAAC task forces were formed in 2003, but our new […]

Anti-Racism Work in 2017

Anti-Racism was chosen again at the ISAAC Issues Convention on October 26, 2017, after personal accounts about experiencing racism, historically and presently, were shared by: Cradle Kalamazoo Anti-Racism Task Force Co-Chair Al Dixon Kalamazoo Public Library Anti-Racism Team and Board Member Kerria Randolph PFC Anti-Racism Team members Jo Woods and J. Kyon Our task force is […]

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 […]