MOVEMENT POLITICS:


We’re an organization driven by local, state and national organizing priorities. 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.

CHALLENGES:


We're up against tremendous forces and 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. A number of key legislators in the majority party are solicited and groomed by outside special interests to advance their agendas. This has been a concerted effort to monopolize state governments, pass and normalize legislation across the country to  ultimately bypass Congress and have determinations made 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 united 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.

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! 

What makes this different from other organizing efforts? 


This is not just about one campaign, or one election cycle. We are not  building for a moment, we are building a powerful movement for EVERYONE and one that outlives us. 


We are bridging communities and building people power for generations to come. This isn't just resistance, it's visionary resistance! 


It is the movement that is needed; one that isn't just focused on short term goals, but one with a real strategy to a achieve a bold agenda that produces structural and fundamental change. We are millions working to reimagine and remake our democracy - of, by and for ALL people.


 

  • Through "deep canvass" we are reaching thousands of unaffiliated, and registered voters that constitute more than half of the voting public, and plotting the state by issue motivators on the platform.


  • We are mobilizing voters on shared issues and values - We cannot win the change we need on single issues.


  • We are focused on getting the representation we deserve, and the candidates that will ensure that the voices of Idahoans are at the table and fully represented throughout the legislative process under their tenure.


  • All of the connections we make will be provided to our local affiliates and partners to expand communities, and build local infrastructure for long-term change.


  • Through powerful partnerships, we are cultivating national reinvestment in Idaho to increase support, resources, opportunities for the long-term.


  • As a statewide coalition and national partner, we provide ongoing support, training and opportunities to build community engagement, foster leadership development, and build infrastructure in the places most isolated and forgotten, until now.  



A Deeper look into Idaho:

  • Held a statewide Movement Builders Conference with National Organizers


  • Provided 20 Statewide Workshops/Trainings 


  • Held 33 Statewide Community Meetings 


  • Held 5 Community Action Response Events 


  • Hosted 4 House Parties uniting communities on platform issues


  • Delivered 4 sermons to faith institutions reaching 575 congregational members


  • Presented to (2) public junior high and (3 )high schools (focused on anti-discrimination with civic engagement) reaching 500 students


  • Presented to Boise State University classes reaching 300 college juniors and 100 seniors


  • Spoke at 4 Public Events 

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  • Led Idaho delegations to 2 national events supporting families together


  • Provided 4 national trainings to emerging Idaho leaders in Chicago,Las Vegas, and(2) in DC.


  • Earned49 Media Pieces

               10 National Media Stories

               39 Statewide Media Stories



    In Our Work Across Idaho Together We…


  • Logged 7,150 Volunteer Hours


  • Knocked 6,174 doors initiating one-on-one conversations


  • Had 1,049 conversationswith rural Idahoans on core values


  • Made 456 phone calls


  • Distributed 100,000 Platform Cards/Door Hangers in English


  • Distributed 80,000 Platform Cards/Door Hangers in Spanish


  • Engaged thousands of Idahoans in a movement to recognize the collective power of people



And while we didn't get all of the things we had hoped for, we turned out more and significant votes in rural areas than ever before in our state's history that had circumstances been different your issues and values would have been upheld and found the advocacy you and your families deserve.


Now is not the time to give up, but to celebrate all you did and dig in for the change that is is within our grasp.