Our political action arm

PEOPLE'S ACTION is a powerful new force for democracy and economic fairness. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, we’re fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.

conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working America.  EPI proposes public policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of low- and middle-income workers and assesses policies with respect to how they affect those workers.

THE MIDWEST ACADEMY is a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic, and racial justice. From local neighborhood groups to statewide and national organizations, Midwest Academy has trained more than a quarter-million grassroots activists from hundreds of organizations and coalitions in organizing philosophy, methods and skills that enable ordinary people to actively participate in the democratic process.



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United Vision for Idaho is Idaho's largest and only progressive coalition dedicated to social, economic and environmental justice. Through grassroots organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, direct action,  and policy advocacy we can win real improvements in people's lives, challenge all forms of systemic discrimination. We advocate policies that promote equitable distribution of power, wealth, and opportunity. As a diverse coalition formed by and of marginalized communities, we are committed to speaking truth to power, and together we work with and in communities to bridge ad build communities for a united movement in Idaho.


Dick Chilcote
Tracie Roberts
Christopher Bower​

Patty Dunham
Josh Scholer
​Alma Hasse

Lisa Keithley

WELLSTONE was founded to carry forward the advocacy work of Paul and Sheila Wellstone. Based in Minnesota, Wellstone trains community organizers, student activists, campaign staff, progressive candidates and elected officials. Wellstone strengthens movement organizations and ignites change.

Executive Director: Adrienne Evans

Associate Director: Gini Ballou

Data Lead: Nimi Sandhu

President: Chuck Vogel
Vice President: Ed Vining
Secretary: Barbara Harris
Treasurer: Cyndi Tiferet


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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Paul Wellstone's successor in progressive causes.

​Nimi Sandhu
Mel Livinton
​Marty Durand

Bernice Olivas

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United Action for Idaho is the 501 (c)(4) nonprofit companion to UVI, advancing social, economic and environmental justice, hrough political advocacy.

RESIST is a foundation that supports people's movements for justice and liberation.

​​​​​​​United Vision for Idaho (UVI) was formed in 1995 by underrepresented Idahoans who advocate as a unified group to address economic, social, and environmental injustice; advance policies; build collective power; and produce real change. Ours is the only organization in Idaho committed to uniting people across all divides in a movement of systemic change. When civic and direct action, policy change, and leadership development come together, we can shift the balance of power and win real improves in people’s lives.

For over 20 years, UVI has been organizing communities across the state. We believe in grassroots leadership and strategic community organizing as the vehicle for social change led by people directly affected by inequality. Today, UVI has 35 local affiliate groups, and over 30,000 members statewide. We are all Idahoans who share our core values, and dedicate ourselves to building a progressive movement through active participation: volunteering, engaging and building transformative relationships in their communities, and taking part in the democratic process from contacting elected officials, testifying at public hearings, participating in rallies, writing letters to their local papers, and participating in direct action that can be leveraged to build power and hold elected officials accountable. UVI is a part of a powerful national network of organizations; People’s Action comprised of 47 state organizations across America, 1,000 leading organizers, and more than 1.5 million people and affiliates in 32 states. We know that our strength comes from our unity, and that together we have the power to transform the political landscape in Idaho.

UVI's work is critical in uniting statewide efforts into an overarching guiding strategy to win real improvements in people’s lives. We focus on civic and direct action, strengthening relationships between diverse organizations, uniting, engaging, and mobilizing individuals and laying the foundation for long-term, sustainable systems change.  Our rural work is critical in addressing and meeting the needs of rural and remote communities that have been ignored and forgotten by the progressive movement, while special interest have created a powerful foothold in the places where people have not developed political, social or economic power. We are not about establishment politics. We advocate a bold agenda for systemic change and hold elected officials and those seeking office accountable to an agenda of the people, not a party platform that has increasingly ceased to meet the needs of the majority of Americans. 

The far right and special interests have targeted Idaho for many years. ALEC ranks Idaho 7th among the 50 states in identifying targets. Since the 2016 election there has been a significant escalation of these efforts. United Vision for Idaho has been on the front lines of those defensive fights organizing and effectively stopping their agenda. We have stopped the most egregious attempts to undermine and strip the rights of immigrants and refugees, women’s reproductive choices, and constitutional threats of an Article V Convention of States. We have been leading the work to advance healthcare in the state, increase the minimum wage, pass a pay equity bill and extend legal protections to our LGBTQ community and persons with disabilities.

We are about equipping real people living in communities across the state with the tools, resources and support to make real and critical improvements in their lives and the lives of future generations. UVI provides a robust set of training nuanced to the needs of each community to address the threats facing marginalized communities, support, and resources to effectively organize, build local infrastructure, deepen understanding, and implement individual and collective actions to assist communities in defending and advocating policy change. We provide ongoing networking and support to foster the leadership and development of young people and those living in communities stretched across Idaho. We connect people with people in in-person training and support, statewide calls that connect each area in the state to implement coordinated strategies and tactics, and build real and sustained power to win systems change. Together we plan and implement direct actions timed to the escalation of critical issues and mobilize cross constituencies. In short, UVI is the only progressive coalition in the state of Idaho and the political home to people and organizations committed to advancing an agenda that puts people and planet first and restores health to our democracy.

THE CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. https://populardemocracy.org

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Copyright © 2018 United Vision for Idaho

Adrienne Evans, Executive Director

United Vision for Idaho
1912 W. Jefferson St., Boise, ID, 83702
P.O. Box 2181
Boise, ID  83701


Phone: (208) 869-3131or (208) 861-8907

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The level of achievement you already have by breaking with this pattern that we’ve had on the left for too long; of thinking we could be bigger, that we could somehow achieve multiplication through division. 

What is this idea that we can somehow change multiplication through division, that if we just have more split, one more single issue, one more organization to compete against the other one for the same small grant from the same people who don’t really get it in the first place, that we would somehow have a revolution? We have been on that path for the last three decades. ​

- Van Jones, People's Action,

  2017 in Chicago