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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Bernice Olivas
Nimi Sandhu

Mel Livinton

​Marty Durand

Jenni Jordan

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 merger of national progressive 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.

Change requires both long-term strategy, and intermediate and short-term goals. It is imperative that we also have the ability to act quickly in moments that have the potential to apply pressure and build grassroots power to advance progressive policies. We work with our members and allies to build successful issue campaigns. We deliver training and workshops to provide individuals, leaders and communities across the state to address the threats facing marginalized communities, build local infrastructure, provide resources and tools to effectively organize, deepen understanding, and correspondingly to act as agents of change through individual and collective action. Our work is transformative not transactional, as such we provide ongoing support and connection to assist communities in defending and advocating policy change that aligns with our shared values. 

Together, as a broad coalition, we stand up, speak truth to power, challenge systemic discrimination it all its forms, and advocate for policies that lead to an equitable distribution of power, wealth, and opportunity. Our belief is that systemic, long-term change happens through grassroots organizing that helps individuals and communities find their own power. It is critical that those most directly impacted have a voice, that they are an integral part of the movement, and that together, we work to defend and advocate to see real change manifest in public policy. Through engagement, implementing fundamental strategies, and collaboration we are building and growing a movement in Idaho. 

When instances of discrimination and violence occur, particularly when they capture national attention, here in Idaho UVI is the point of contact for those seeking ways to understand, and find ways to stand up to injustice and create change in their own communities. We take the responsibility of being able to unite people and coalesce organizations in our effort to produce systemic change very seriously. Our work now and in the future is focused on coalescing individuals and organizations in the fights of our lives, standing up to powerful interests, articulating economic and social injustices, and bringing pressure to bear on those elected to protect and preserve our liberties and rights. It is critical that those most directly impacted have a voice, that they are an integral part of the movement, and that together, we work to defend and advocate to see real change manifest in public policy.and laws, and how our lives are inextricably linked to others.

We stand united in seeking and speaking the truth, challenging power structures responsible for systemic discrimination it all its forms, and advocating for policies that lead to fair and equitable distribution of power, wealth, and opportunity.

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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Dick Chilcote

Tracie Roberts

Christopher Bower

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

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.

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


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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

Submit events and activities information to our
Calendar page, Email:uvidaho@gmail.com

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United Vision for Idaho is Idaho's largest and only 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.

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

Multiplication Doesn't Happen Through Division.

HOUSING WORKS is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts. https://www.housingworks.org/about-us​