ISAAC led a Housing Ordinance presentation and discussion with its housing partners at the last City Commission meeting on June 15th.  To watch, please go to https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCity/videos/642501933279087/. (This can also be found on ISAAC’s Facebook page.) Connectedly, please read and consider adding your name to a letter to commissioners regarding housing equity: https://isaackalamazoo.org/add-your-voice-support-the-housing-equity-ordinance/

ISAAC and our housing partners held a healing session with area landlords to address misconceptions about the ordinance, and to humanize the people who might be experiencing the issues addressed. A recording of the County Commission meeting declaring racism a public health crisis in our county based on racial disparities in many health outcomes, and addressing police brutality, can also be viewed. ISAAC leaders are involved in discussions with community leaders and KDPS in follow-up to George Floyd’s murder, response to violence at protests, and several recent fatal shootings. ISAAC has cultivated deep relationships with KDPS and communities of color through its work with GVI (Gun Violence Intervention). ISAAC community workers are helping raise voices from  marginalized communities about their experiences with KDPS. The focus for ISAAC at the table is to enable truth telling and facilitate healing. Information about all Task Forces can be found on the website. It is not too late to join!

Instead of our ISAAC Run/Walk/Roll, event this year, we will have our ISAAC Virtual, Local Journey to Washington D.C. for Racial Justice! You may choose your participation whenever and wherever works for you in August, all month long. Just keep track of your miles so we can log them collectively. With everyone’s miles added together, how many Beloved Community Members can we (virtually) “send” to DC? Feel free to start thinking about why you will run, walk or roll for Racial Justice and what your personal commitment will be for this year. More details soon!

ISAAC Fundraiser with Noodles & Company
Please plan to buy food at one of the Noodles & Company locations in Kalamazoo on Monday, June 29th from 4-8p.m.  Please mention that you are there to help support ISAAC, and 50% of your food sales will be donated to ISAAC.

Virtual Annual Meeting July 14th: ISAAC is required as a non-profit to conduct an annual meeting and issue an annual report each year. Since there is no Banquet this year, the Leadership Board meeting on Tuesday, July 14th from 7-8:30 pm will be the annual meeting, including a video presentation, photos and more. All are welcome to attend via ZOOM. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about ISAAC’s work.

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