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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 members of our communities–including those with DACA status.  On June 4, 2019 Representative Fred Upton was one of seven Republican members of Congress who voted for HR 6, American Dream and Promise Act of 2019.  ISAAC thanks Representative Upton for his continuing commitment to humane immigration reform!

From those attending the May 2019 banquet, the Anti-Racism Task Force asked for commitment to participate in a workshop on the role of racism in disproportionately high rates of infant mortality among African Americans.  Over 80 banquet attendees responded and will be invited to attend one of two workshops in August 2019, co-sponsored by ISAAC and Cradle Kalamazoo.