We’re an organization driven by local, state and national organizing. Movements depend on people who feel responsible for our world and are determined to fight for change. Together, we’re fighting for a people’s agenda from school boards and city councils to the state and federal government.
We train staff and leaders, develop research and policy ideas, learn from each other’s work and push ourselves to advance bold ideas and our vision for a just world. Most of all, we take action together on the streets, at hearings, in statehouses, in elections and even at Congress. That’s how we fight together and win.
Government is not the problem. It’s the prize. That’s why we’re fighting for a democracy where people - not corporations - set the agenda, and where we all have a voice. In towns and neighborhoods across Idaho, we hold conversations with people about the issues of the day and the world we’re fighting to build. We provide tools for analyzing the forces that shape our world. How have corporations expanded their power, and how can we challenge that power? How do racism and sexism operate in our society and affect people’s lives? What would a just, democratic economy look like? By exploring questions like these, we create a shared vision of the world we’re fighting to build. We also see how much we have in common with each other. And we sharpen our understanding of the task before us so we can expand our ambitions.
We train volunteers to knock on neighbors’ doors and transform their communities into a force at the polls. We ask candidates tough questions and secure policy commitments. And, crucially, we help leaders in our movement transition from community activism to elected office, transforming our political system town by town and state by state.
Building a better world requires rewriting our laws, and just policies are worth fighting for. Our members are testifying in city hall, the state capitol, and Congress, making the case for legislation that benefits communities, not corporations. We’re protesting bills that discriminate against people or interfere with people’s rights. And we’re calling lawmakers and demanding their yes vote on our policy priorities. Join us as we campaign for good policies that make our world more just and equitable for everyone.
We're up against tremendous forces. An economic and political system designed to benefit corporations and a tiny few, pushing the rest of us to the margins. Systems of racism and exclusion that perpetuate violence and deny people even the essentials based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religious preference and country of origin.
Special interests and the far right have long secured a foothold in Idaho. In fact, the American Legislative Exchange Council, policy machine of the Koch brothers ranks Idaho seventh among their targeted states, and has publicly proclaimed Idaho next to Utah as their greatest success. The vast majority of legislation that makes it way to a vote in the Idaho Legislature is an ALEC bill, and a number of key leaders in the majority party are solicited and groomed by outside special interests. This has been a concerted effort to monopolize state governments, pass and normalize legislation that ultimately powerful special interest hope to have determined by a Supreme Court of their making.
But,our history’s most powerful movements teach us important lessons: We won’t win more by demanding less. While the unbridled influence of money is a significant challenge, when people are untied the greatest advancements of justice are realized. So, we’ve got our sights set on the long term. While we fight for change here and now, we’re also working to rebuild our economy and create a democracy for all of us.
We’re organizing thousands of people around a bold agenda for real change. Our agenda isn’t a list of policies the establishment says we can win. It reflects what communities Idaho must win. Knowing change starts close to home, we’re building powerful organizations statewide where people of all races, faiths, gender and ability are working to create change. We’re developing local leaders who can power our campaigns and policy makers at all levels of government, and advance an agenda worth fighting for. In short, we’re creating a movement made up of people like you.
Together, we can create a state and a world where we all have what we need to thrive, achieve, and feel our full worth at home, at work, and in our communities. We can change how we measure success. Our yardstick will be the health and happiness of all people and the wellbeing of our planet.
Real change has always required people Rising Up!