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Powerful Ways To End Local Housing Discrimination

Even if we built 3000 or 6000 affordable housing units, we’d still have a homelessness crisis, since so many people are denied housing because they have a voucher or a past eviction or a criminal record. And those denials are often a proxy for racism. Redlining is not just history–it continues today in many less […]

Progress on Anti-Racism “Asks”

The Anti-Racism Task Force in June celebrated progress on its two “asks”—one from the October 2018 Public Meeting, and one from the May 2019 banquet. From our federal elected officials, the Anti-Racism Task Force in October 2018 asked for commitment to prioritizing adoption of a humane process to gain permanent resident status and then citizenship for long-term […]

May We Seek The Restoration Of All Who Are Marginalized

God of the rich and poor, God of the high and lowly, God of all people, we pray today that you would stir in our hearts the desire to see your kingdom come in the relationships between us. May we responsibly address the disparities we see and seek the restoration of all who are marginalized.   […]

Fair Housing & Fair Chance Law Update

Dr. King’s Beloved Community work charges us to continue organizing and advocating until all individuals in Kalamazoo are held as Beloved. While organizing and impacting policy and practice changes, we at ISAAC must be intentional to ensure policies are equitable, anti-racist and hold no unintended consequences. In 2018, we were so happy to be introduced […]

Keynote Mee Moua: “I love you and there’s nothing you can do about it!”

An amazing evening was attended by 525 people on May 18, with “Hold Fast to Love and Justice” as the theme of the annual gathering supporting ISAAC’s work and celebrating the Beloved Community.  Keynote speaker Mee Moua, racial healing circle practitioner and WK Kellogg Foundation consultant, inspired us with her story as a refugee from […]

Danza Folklorica and Nick the Drummer & Jesselyn

Young dancers from El Concilio opened the program with beautiful, traditional Danza Folklorica. Click on any photo to enlarge it. Nick the Drummer & Jesselyn inspired with his songs and her spoken word poetry:  “This is the year that I stop worrying about my black family–that my family has access to clean water, and no one […]

Our 2019 Awardees

We had amazing partners, members and leaders to honor this year, as always! 2019 Awards: 2019 Award Recipients: Click on any photo to enlarge it.

Silent Auction Success!

Thank you to EVERYONE who donated items or purchased items at the Silent Auction at our Annual Banquet.  What a pleasure it was to receive your wonderful donations of stepping stones, homemade cakes and hats, fishing trips, afghans, handmade jewelry, etc.  The silent auction offered more than 40 items and raised $1700+ for the ISAAC Beloved Community […]

Banquet Photo Gallery

ISAAC leaders Amy Peterson and Rick Johnson took fabulous photos, as always!  Click on any photo to enlarge it.

Endowment News

“As a member of People’s Church, I have been a part of ISAAC since it organized in Kalamazoo in 2002. Being on the Housing Task Force until last year has been important to me as we have effectively improved access to affordable housing by working closely with other local agencies. The Vote Yes for Kids […]

Banquet Closing Prayer – “Go Out”

Rev. Rachel Lonberg concluded the Banquet program with this closing prayer, from the anthem “Go Out,” sung recently by People’s Church choir: “Go out into the highways and by-ways and give the people something of your new vision. You may possess only a small light, but uncover it and let it shine. Use it to […]

ISAAC’s Radio Spot

ISAAC presents “Hold Fast to Love and Justice”, this year’s Banquet celebration and you are invited to participate!  You know ISAAC—Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community—and they want you to sign up today.  It’ll be held on Saturday, May 18th at the WMU Bernhard Center.  Keynote speaker is Mee Moua, a former Minnesota state […]