On day one of the Unlock Minnesota week of action, 20 clergy and religious leaders from Isaiah came together at the State Capitol to call for a future of shared prosperity for all Minnesotans.
While the state is struggling with increased poverty and gap between the wealthiest and those struggling to get by, the State of Minnesota lost 1,688,000,000 that could have been invested in good public services because corporations and wealthy individuals shipped it to offshore tax havens.
The clergy delivered a letter asking the Governor, legislators and business leaders to act in a way to acknowledge that our economy rests on the investments we make in education, healthcare and transit.
“The people who I represent don’t have a voice. They don’t have trade associations to advance their interests, what they have is me, and people like me, and the others here today. Hundreds of others who hear this cry and bring them to the attention of our legislature,” said Pastor Stephen Cook, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
Between February 13 and March 23, congregations are adopting a day at the Capitol to visit with legislators and urge them to create a state budget reflects our shared values and vision.