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Kalamazoo's Isaac lays out its list of priority issues

Isaac members filled the sanctuary at Galilee Baptist Church
Isaac members filled the sanctuary at Galilee Baptist Church

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Hundreds turned out last night for the annual meeting of ISAAC, a coalition of church congregations who gather annually to press a political agenda...to gently urge local politicians to pursue certain priorities that they find consistent with their view of what’s good for the community.

Rochelle Habeck-Hunt says this year that includes four priorities, affordable housing, parental education for young adults, improving access to public transportation and something they call “Ceasefire” which targets the communities worst young offenders and intervenes to offer them alternatives, that they can either choose or go to jail. Chief Jeff Hadley personally presented that part of the program.

Habeck Hunt says a short term initiative they are organizing is a phone campaign to induce lawmakers to increase funding for pre-school, without taking the funding for it out of K-12...something that is on the agenda in Lansing.

The members of ISSAC presented the list of priorities to a number of elected officials and candidates who attended last night’s meeting and who are seeking their votes.