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ISAAC wants to extend joyous congratulations to fellow ISAAC Family member Rev. Rachel Lonberg, Minister of People’s Church, on her appointment to the Foundation For Excellence Board, faith sector. In a day and time when it seems easier and common to disagree and step away from the “discussion table,” we are encouraged by Clergy such […]

History of ISAAC’s Key Role in “Group Violence Intervention”

Encore magazine did a recent cover story on “Pursuing Peace: A team effort to stop violence.” The very successful approach described in Encore was brought to Kalamazoo by ISAAC and has been nurtured by ISAAC ever since. Here are the questions Encore asked ISAAC, and our answers: Why was bringing GVI (Group Violence Intervention) to […]

Anti-Racism Update

Kalamazoo area residents may wonder why our neighborhoods are so highly segregated by race. The vast majority of people of color in the city and county, live in just three neighborhoods—Northside, Eastside and Edison. Matt Smith of the Kalamazoo Public Library provided the Anti-Racism Task Force with an answer: federal government policy. During the end […]

Update on the State Budget From Representative Jon Hoadley

The Anti-Poverty Task Force has been working with State Representative Jon Hoadley to develop a plan to decrease poverty in our community. At the ISAAC Public Meeting in October 2018, Rep. Hoadley and the other candidates in districts 60, 61, 63 and 66 agreed to start a process to change state policies to extend benefits […]

Affordable Housing Update

Our workshop on “Healing Through Exploring Local History of Segregation & Racism” was so effective, that the ISAAC Housing Task Force and TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation) are planning on repeating it! We’re looking for an evening date for municipal leaders who were not at the February workshop, especially officials from Portage, Texas, Oshtemo, […]

Welcome to Two New ISAAC Leaders

A very warm welcome to the new NAACP President Wendy Fields and the new Lutheran Church of the Savior Pastor Nikki Smith! We are very pleased to have each of you leading parts of our ISAAC family! We look forward to the insights you’ll bring to our work together, building the Beloved Community. Thank you […]