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Youth Violence Prevention News: Future Leaders for Peace

The Future Leaders for Peace (FLFP) kicked off the first session in March.  Growing young leaders is the goal of this group birthed from the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force.  Co-Chair Venessa Collins-Smith facilitated our initial session, mapping out our journey into youth community organizing. Are you a young person who would like to advocate […]

President’s Message

What an Opportunity! In my Christian tradition there’s a scripture that comes from Galatians 6:10 – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV) There’s no excuse for treating people badly.  My bible tells me, that I should pray for those who […]

We are Connected! New Members of our ISAAC Family

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest ISAAC Family Members: Kalamazoo Friends Meeting and First Presbyterian Church. Kalamazoo Friends Meeting Quaker Congregation is led by Co-Clerks Mark Donovan and Carol Meyer-Niezwiecki. Their Leadership Board Representatives are Cordelia Greer and George Hebben. Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church is under the Leadership of The […]

Youth Violence Prevention News

Future Leaders for Peace The Youth Violence Prevention Task Force (YVPTF) is kicking off our Future Leaders for Peace (FLFP) program on Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.   Please encourage youth within your congregations and various organizations to step forth and become the voices of their communities.  Our goal is […]

Anti-Racism News: Health Equity Workshop April 7

Your stories and your experiences while receiving health care are needed! Your voice holds power to help transform our health care institutions. ERACCE (Eliminating Racism And Creating/Celebrating Equity) is giving an important workshop that’s open to all community members including health care professionals: Health Equity Workshop, Friday, April 7, 9:00 – 4:00 at Wesley Foundation, […]

Early Childhood & Education

Task Force members engaged with the issue of implicit bias at our February meeting because we see it affecting the success of children in Kalamazoo County, the recognition and response to trauma, and the continuation of health disparities. We participated in a webinar provided through the Michigan Public Health Institute and discussed key points raised […]

2017 Banquet May 6! Dr. Rubén Martinez, Keynote

Mark the evening of Saturday, May 6 on your calendar for this year’s Banquet! We are very pleased to announce our speaker, theme, performers and awardees: Theme: Unity and Persistence! Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Rubén Martinez, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at MSU. He has taught in higher education since […]

Service of Remembrance and Action on Gun Violence

Second Baptist Church in Kalamazoo gathered about 150 residents of the area for the Third Annual Service of Remembrance and Action on Sunday, February 19. Participating in the service were leaders from ISAAC, MOMS Demand Action for Guns Sense, the NAACP and the Coalition for Common Ground, including Dr. Michael T. Scott, Pastor of Galilee […]

ISAAC Letter on School Closures

“The schools must not be blamed for the many failed housing policies that are responsible for concentrated poverty.” ISAAC sent this letter to our state leaders on February 14, in response to the state’s announcement that two of our elementary schools, Washington and Woodward, were recommended for closure: Governor Snyder, Senator O’Brien, Rep. Hoadley, Rep. Iden, […]

ISAAC Action on Bill to Eliminate MI Income Tax

Thank you to all of you who called and emailed your state representatives asking them to vote no on the bill to eliminate the state income tax.  The bill failed in the State House because of bi-partisan opposition, including two of our local State Representatives, David Maturen (R) and Jon Hoadley (D).  Our calls and […]

President’s Message

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  – Psalm 133:1 Wow! After watching the news and all the things going on in the world, it seems that there’s a real fight against unity. Now, we don’t have to be the same to walk in unity because unity […]

Be the Beloved Community Part 2

In 2010 ISAAC brought to us “Be the Beloved Community” under the leadership of Executive Director Rachael Tanner and Community Organizers Jomil Wells and Rev. Nathan Dannison. I thank them for this powerful foundation and their awesome work! The year 2017 has brought fear and concern of the unknown, as well as divisiveness as a […]