Moral failure, brought to you by the Minnesota Senate

As we have said many times, a budget is a moral document. It shows our priorities and our values. 

Most Minnesotans share similar values. We value caring for one another when we’re needed most. We value public education and good health. Clean air, pure water and a future that we can pass on to our children and grandchildren.


What Happened

With $9.3 billion of unspent funds, our state legislature had the opportunity to make huge strides in building this future. Yet a handful of extremists who control the Minnesota Senate chose to block progress this year. They chose to reward large corporations with tax breaks. They chose to continue a bailout of the healthcare insurance corporations. But when it came time to solve the crisis facing our childcare providers, our public schools and our climate future, these same elected officials said “No!”

There are no words for this, other than these: Total. Moral. Failure.


Hard Fought Wins

Governor Walz and the Minnesota House leadership fought hard for needed funding for childcare, paid family and medical leave, and climate action. They also fought hard for ALL essential workers to be recognized – not just nursing home workers – and rewarded for their sacrifices through the early years of the COVID pandemic. Kids Count On Us joined with a broad coalition of worker organizations and fought and won those bonus payments.

As this legislative session comes to a close, we have our wins to celebrate, our champions to cheer,  and a clearer idea of the battle in front of us. We also know who’s to blame as so many families will continue to feel the weight of failed leadership in the Senate controlled by the GOP.  Most importantly, we are equipped with information about what we can do in the face of all this! 


The Work We Have Ahead

What we have always known to be true is that when we fight, we win. Minnesota is our home. A robust multiracial democracy and a caring state where all of our families can thrive is possible… when we fight for it. We saw the Governor and House fight for and pass many bills that would create abundant households, happy children, smart students and healthy families.

We will continue to fight for them and we will win! 

In Solidarity,
The Faith in Minnesota Team

Faith in Minnesota to Launch Major End of Legislative Session Mobilization

Faith in Minnesota to Launch Major End of Legislative Session Mobilization

Volunteers will knock on 30,000 doors in 9 key Senate Districts, talking to 5,000 voters

ST. PAUL, Minn. – May 10, 2019 – As we approach the final days of legislative session, Minnesotans from across the state are frustrated with the lack of leadership from the Minnesota Senate on key issues such as affordable healthcare, childcare assistance, Paid Family and Medical Leave and 100% Clean Energy. Leaders with Faith in Minnesota have planned an unprecedented push to mobilize voters to contact their Senators in the last days of the 2019 session to give them notice that it’s time to #LeadOrLeave.

Most Minnesotans – black or white, rural or urban, left or right – want pretty similar things. They value their families and need policies that allow us to care for each other and thrive. Sadly, the senate has gotten in the way of families being able to do that. The obstruction and blocking of policies for regular families have been to the benefit of big corporations and big pharma, while to the detriment of families across the state.

“Minnesotans across the state agree with our bold vision for our families and our future. They are ready for champions that will go to bat for our issues and make clear the choice between serving the interests of a privileged few or the people of Minnesota,” said Patsy Foster-Bolton, a FiMN leader in Minnetonka.

“We believe it will take strong leadership from the Governor and House along with maximum pressure on the Senate to deliver on the agenda that Minnesota needs,” said Khalid Omar, leader with the Muslim Coalition of Faith in Minnesota.

We believe that the best way to get the Senate’s attention is to get out of the Capitol and into key Senate Districts to make clear to voters the choices being made by their senator and generate hundreds of phone calls and conversations within the district.

Faith In Minnesota’s #LeadOrLeave Mobilization Plan includes:

  • Training 350-400 volunteers to filling over 700 volunteer shifts to knock on doors in 9 Senate Districts across the state to show the public demand for our agenda: affordable healthcare, childcare assistance, Paid Family & Medical Leave, 100% Clean Energy, and restoring voting rights and driver’s licenses.
  • Knock on more than 30,000 doors and talk to more than 5,000 voters, generating calls on the spot to senators.
  • Highlight via social media using the hashtags #LeadOrLeave and #NoIsNotAPlan.
  • In addition, we will conduct Spanish-language community canvassing and Muslim-to-Muslim door knocking in select communities.

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Faith in Minnesota

Faith in Minnesota is a political home for people of faith who are acting boldly and prophetically to create a new, people-centered politics in our state — one rooted in abundance, where everyone is in and no one is out. www.faithinmn.org

 

Our Path in the 2018 DFL Convention

Faith in Minnesota (FiMN) Faith Delegates and Alternates have undertaken an intensive process with all three Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Gubernatorial candidates: Tim Walz, Erin Murphy and Rebecca Otto. Our goal was to explore which candidate would be most viable in having a co-creative relationship with us around our agenda and values.  We were looking for who we believe will create a bold, new kind of politics with us in 2018 and beyond.

This process included many conversations with the candidates, both one-to-one with the Faith Delegates and Alternates and in forum settings, including the FiMN Latino Convention where 70 faith leaders – unable to participate in the political arena because of immigration status – were able to deliberate and make recommendations to the Faith Delegation about the candidates they believe best represent our values.

Our 176 Faith Delegates and Alternates had an internal poll to rank the candidates on these values. Erin Murphy was the decisive top choice.

Our goal is to have a powerful partnership with the endorsed DFL candidate and to continue to build a co-creative relationship with other delegates and candidates.  We highly support the DFL uniting and endorsing a candidate on Saturday. That is what would be best for everyone and for a positive and powerful 2018 political season.

We are not looking for a God, Messiah or Savior. As people of faith, we are grounded in that terrain. Instead, we know, that only together, through intentional, co-creative relationships with Minnesotans and people in power, will we create a people-centered politics of abundance and not scarcity. Will we have the Minnesota we all deserve – white, Black, and brown, rural, city, Muslim, Christian, parents, children, neighbors… no one will be excluded.

Our Faith Delegates come from the Greater Minnesota, inner and outer suburbs and the Cities. They represent the gamut in economic class; are Black, white, Asian and Latino and are almost a third Muslim with the bulk being Christian. The strong majority of our Faith Delegates are first time delegates to the state convention and almost half of them have never even caucused at their precincts before.  They are engaged in this process because they want to change how politics happens.

FiMN has intentionally chosen not to use the language of “endorsing” or “endorsement” as it is not conducive to what we are doing or the new kind of politics we are creating. We are embodying the co-creative relationships with one another that we desire to see embraced from every single candidate in every public office.

The DFL State convention is but one weekend of a long journey to a transformed political arena in Minnesota. We embark on this boldly and our prayer is that you join us.

FiMN Propels Murphy Victory

Organizing Coalition leads path in creating a politics of #FaithNotFear

Rochester, MN – Faith in Minnesota released the following statement:

Today’s successful DFL endorsement of Rep. Erin Murphy for Governor was driven largely by the grassroots energy and action of the 176 DFL State Faith Delegates and Alternates organized by Faith in Minnesota. A year ago, thousands of people of faith started coming together to build a new politics grounded in our faith-values of love, abundance and hope. Today was an important milestone in a journey that began almost a year ago.

“This was not just about a candidate – this was about a co-creative relationship with the next Governor of Minnesota,” said Imam Asad Zaman of the Muslim American Society.

Hamdi Kosar, a Faith Delegate from Willmar, said, “I got involved because I know our fates are tied together. We believed in each other. In spite of all the cynicism and those telling us it wasn’t possible, politicians who scapegoat us and try to divide us. Minnesotans will see through it and come together to build a new future.”

The Rev. Javen Swanson, a Faith Delegate from Saint Paul said, “By being part of a collective of people of faith, we built an extraordinary amount of power – all through this process. Now we have a responsibility to steward this power. Grounded in our love, and our mission, we can steward and grow this power so that all people can live together in dignity, health and wholeness.”

“See what happens when we come together and lead with faith, not fear!” said Doran Schrantz, Executive Director of Faith in Minnesota. “What an amazing feeling of love, faith and solidarity we’ve built in Rochester today. That feeling has been separate from politics for too long. Now we have work to do, bringing that feeling to every corner of our state.”

Our Path of #ClaimingOurVoices
#ClaimingOurVoices is a joint initiative of Faith in Minnesota (FiMN) and our partner organization, ISAIAH to elect a governor in 2018 who will co-create a new people-centered politics of abundance and inclusion with us over the next four years and beyond. Our Claiming Our Voices House Meetings throughout the fall of 2017 were the first step in our formation of boldly proclaiming our faith and our vision for a just and fair Minnesota through the 2018 election year. Hundreds of FiMN and ISAIAH leaders came together to develop our 2018 Faith Agenda for a just and fair Minnesota that reflected the concerns and issues that emerged from our House Meeting conversations.
Through Claiming Our Voices, thousands of people of faith from all walks of life were trained across our state to participate in Minnesota’s 2018 precinct caucuses and district conventions. Approximately 3,000 of them attended their precinct caucuses in February, with 800 FiMN leaders attending DFL Party district conventions and more than 200 of them being elected Faith Delegates or Alternates to the DFL State Convention through FiMN.

FiMN Faith Delegates and Alternates undertook an intensive process with all three Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Gubernatorial candidates. We explored who we believed would have a co-creative relationship with us in creating a bold, new kind of politics for Minnesota in 2018 and beyond.

This process included many conversations with the candidates, both one-to-one with the Faith Delegates and Alternates and in forum settings, including the FiMN Latino Convention where 70 faith leaders – unable to participate in the political arena because of immigration status – were able to deliberate and make recommendations to the Faith Delegation about the candidates they believed best represented our values.

Our 136 Faith Delegates and 40 Alternates, (10% of total delegation) committed to moving as a bloc together on the DFL Convention Floor had an internal poll to rank the candidates on our values. Erin Murphy was the decisive top choice.

Faith in Minnesota
Faith in Minnesota is a political home for people of faith who are acting boldly and prophetically to create a new, people-centered politics in our state — one rooted in abundance, where everyone is in and no one is out. www.faithinmn.org

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