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Jobs Presentation Report

Steve Barber The importance of “Jobs” in our world was presented.  “Who you are” is often defined by what you do.  Jobs are connected to a persons self-esteem, self-concept, etc. Unfortunately there are barriers that prevent good people, good workers from getting jobs.  These barriers are misleading, prejudicial and related to assumptions regarding education, commitment, […]

President’s Report

Matt Weiler The energy in the room at this year’s Issues Convention was impressive to say the least. I was particularly delighted to see the positive manner in which the body responded to our adjustment with the voting process. One vote per person and one swift movement with no membership requirements attached only served to […]

Poverty Presentation Report

Andrew Alm The film clip we showed talks about a line that many families struggle to keep themselves above. This line is the poverty line. In Kalamazoo County 17% of households fall below this line. But the poverty line alone does not tell the whole story. To better understand poverty, the United Way developed the ALICE […]

Transportation Report

Rev. Linda MacDonald While public transit is no longer at the center of ISAAC work, the necessity for robust public transportation never lets up. Whether your issue is job creation, addressing poverty, ending racism’s terrible hold on the hearts and minds of you and your neighbors, access to public transit will create significant long term good for everyone in […]

Issues Convention Oct 1, 2015 Recap

Racism, early childhood education, and youth violence prevention are the three issues chosen Thursday evening for the 24 congregations and organizations in ISAAC to work on together for the next two years. After six issue presentations, including also housing, poverty and jobs, the 150 people present voted for the one issue most compelling to them […]

ISAAC Newsletter September 2015

2015 Issues Convention Be part of the fun and lively democratic process to choose which three of these local justice issues ISAAC congregations and organizations will work on together for the next two years! Come to the ISAAC Issues Convention on Thursday, October 1st @ 7:00pm Tabernacle COGIC 3210 Virginia Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49004 (off […]

Racial Healing & Action Service – Sep 2, 2015 Recap

The community-wide Racial Healing and Action Service sponsored by ISAAC on September 2 filled Second Baptist Church with people from a wide array of congregations and ethnicities. They gathered to listen, reflect, acknowledge, heal, stand and act, in response to the long list of racist killings across the United States. The crowd enthusiastically stood in […]