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Religious groups will use equity issues to get unlikely voters to the polls

Religious organizations affiliated with ISAIAH say they’ll work this fall to engage voters in their congregations who might not vote in an off-year election.

ISAIAH says it is a coalition of over 100 congregations from various faith traditions “committed to establishing racial and economic justice.” It works with “congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity.”

The group’s leaders said today they will use one-on-one conversations in their communities to help elect leaders who will “implement policies that would create economic dignity for all families; end mass school suspensions; dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline; expand access to affordable health  care and allow all people fair and equitable access to public transit.”

At a kickoff event for the voting effort, the Rev. Paul Slack, pastor at New Creation Church in Minneapolis and ISAIAH President, said:

“It has never been clearer that in our democracy some voices are being heard and others are not – with pain and unrest in Ferguson, gridlock on immigration reform and the growing income gap between the haves and the have-nots in our country. We are here today because the people in our communities are suffering; because too many people in our state have lost hope in our democracy, and because this election can and must be different.”

The group has a video about their “Prophetic Voter Campaign,” and say the goal is to “reach 56,000 religious voters, many who are unlikely to vote in non-presidential election years.”

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