A review of ISAAC’s work in 2022 shows powerful impacts throughout our community on all issues tackled. We are grateful for the support and participation of People’s people in these endeavors and for the opportunities ISAAC provides for us to help build the Beloved Community.
Working with key partners El Concilio and NAACP, ISAAC was funded and carried out extensive efforts to get out the vote in communities of color, including billboards of BIPOC leaders; deep engagement with Edison and Northside neighborhood partners for door-to-door canvassing; outreach to inactive voters from these neighborhoods, and grassroots community forum with judicial candidates.
Collaborating with community allies, ISAAC conducted events to heighten public awareness about local impacts of gun violence and increase advocacy for policies and interventions to prevent it, such as the Wear Orange Rally and Gun Violence Resource & Resilience Rallies.
Preventing Youth Violence
Summer Youth Programs were hosted by ISAAC for innovative neighborhood-based programs including Blocks Club Youth Ambassadors, GVI Youth Academy and Parents United Youth Entrepreneurs, to develop leadership and engagement of BIPOC youth.
ISAAC members contributed public comments to public officials in Portage, Kalamazoo, surrounding townships, and County government on matters involving equity and access in housing decisions, human resource matters, and race-related incidents. Candidates for public office made commitments to antiracism training as part of the ISAAC Public Meeting.