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Anti-Racism Task Force

We continue to be thankful for our Elected Officials, Candidates and Law Enforcement Officials who participated in our October 22, 2020 Public Meeting to build this partnership with us, while committing to take actions to work toward racial justice and building the Beloved Community. We recognize and honor the anti-racism work that has already been […]

The Capitol Insurrection

On Wednesday, January 6th, a terrible atrocity occurred in our Nation’s capital. The Capitol building was breached and an insurrection occurred against the democracy of the United States. As a black man, I had mixed feelings about the events that took place, and how the response seemed vastly different than the response to Black Lives […]

The Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, “There Must Be Righteous Resistance Before There Can Be Transforming Reconciliation”

We invite you to listen to Scholar and Clergy, The Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. His sermon offers an imagined letter from the Apostle Paul to America in a time of crisis. In this sermon, Dr. Dyson discusses racism, bigotry, white supremacy, democracy, US Presidents, exceptionalism, the White Christian Evangelical Church, and the Insurrection at […]

ISAAC – Friends and Family Virtual Hour

This year ISAAC could not host our end of the year ISAAC Donor Breakfast due to the pandemic. However, on December 16th we gathered on Zoom to hear words of Encouragement from Clergy and Leaders and Testimonials from ISAAC Family Members. If you were unable to attend, please click the link below to experience our […]

ISAAC Update on Group Violence Intervention

You may have seen the story in the Gazette recently, describing new ways that local law enforcement is seeking to resolve the rising incidence of violence–rather than simply making arrests. The origin story of this work dates to the ISAAC Banquet in 2012, where you may have heard the compelling remarks of the keynote speaker, David […]

News 3 – Black Voices Town Hall: What is Systemic Racism?

Joining the news 3 team for the discussion are five community members with expertise in such areas as education, housing, criminal justice, employment, health care and government. The panelists are: Denise Crawford, president and chief executive officer of the Family Health Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan Elder Dorla Bonner, director of Kalamazoo’s first Diversity, Equity and […]

“How We Heal” Nationwide Video of our Housing Equity Work!

This 4-minute video of our local work on Housing Equity was made by W.K. Kellogg Foundation and shown across the US! ISAAC President Elder Doug KIng, Vice Mayor Patrese Griffin, TRHT Director Lanna Lewis, and ISAAC & TRHT Housing Task Force Co-chair Tobi Hanna-Davies are all in the video, which thanks to our partnership with […]

Amazing Endowment Growth!

Do you remember a year ago when we were jubilant that we surpassed the $50,000 necessary for our Endowment to generate interest income for ISAAC? Now, thanks to amazing support for our work to get local “policies and practices infused with love, hope, equity and abundance”, our Endowment has more than doubled!! Our Endowment fund […]

Sleeping Bags Coats for Community Members Impacted by Homeleness!

Did you see this MLive article about retired coach Dick Shilts’ work to distribute winter coats that turn into full size sleeping bags for people sleeping outdoors in ourlocal homeless encampments?  “Coach” as most of us call him, is active on the ISAAC Leadership Board as a representative of First United Methodist Church, and on […]

Sleeping Bag Coats’ Update 1-10-21, by Coach Dick Shilts

Yesterday Tim and I traveled to the small encampment behind the old Wayside on Stadium Drive. We touched base with some folks who had already been given sleeping bag coats, and we learned that there were some “new” campers there. Two of them were forced outside because of problems “receiving their unemployment checks.” They welcomed […]

“If We’re Only Brave Enough To Be It”

We’re inspired for the work ahead by the amazing inaugural poem of Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate.  Here are her closing lines: “We will rebuild, reconcile and recover and every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge, battered and beautiful When day comes […]