On Saturday, January 19, I attended Isaiah MN’s “Claiming Our Voices 2019” event and came away fearless and clear about the next steps in this year’s legislative session.
I was one of more than 1,500 people of faith and moral conscience who packed a large ballroom at the Minneapolis Convention Center on a sunny, cold day in January to celebrate the past year’s success in the 2018 election and plan how to sustain the momentum of something called the Faith Agenda.
Isaiah is a multi-racial, state-wide, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. It connects faith and moral conscience with public policy at the grassroots to organize and empower people to enact a legislative agenda that gives everyone in Minnesota equality and access to the power that build a government that works for all people.
The result of hundreds of state-wide house meetings, Isaiah focused not on candidates, but on developing and advancing a policy agenda that honors every person’s dignity and creates a caring economy that allows everyone to thrive. See it in detail here: https://is.gd/ClaimingOurVoicesAgenda
More important, it works to name, unmask, and dismantle the lies of scarcity, racism, and fear that pit people against one another in order to perpetuate the status quo and keep the rich, powerful few in control.
After connecting with Isaiah last January at the rollout of its Faith Agenda at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul, I participated in my precinct caucus, became a Faith Delegate to our District Senate Convention, and learned about effective legislative action at the Capitol.
It’s the first time as a person of faith that I’ve felt empowered to make real change on legislative issues that matter to me, from a faith perspective not governed by fear, legalism, or a highly individualized, transactional Christianity—what Rev. William Barber II calls “slaveholder religion” because it divorces justice and equality for the poor, marginalized, and people of color from faith and scripture.
The first three priorities of this legislative session are on drivers’ licenses for immigrants; restoring the vote to all; and universal paid family leave. And more is to come!
For more information about how to get involved, go to https://isaiahmn.org/.