What makes this different from other organizing efforts?
This is not just about one campaign, or one election cycle, this is about bridging communities and building people power for generations to come. This isn't just resistance, it's visionary resistance! it's about creating the new, emergent movement that is needed; one that isn't just focused on short term goals, but one with a a strategy to a achieve a bold agenda that changes the paradigm to reimagine and remake our democracy, one of, by and for ALL people, one that really creates improvements in people's lives.
What Happened in 2018:
10 National Media Stories
39 Statewide Media Stories
In Our Work Across Idaho Together We…
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.
Everyone In - No One Out!
Idaho is part of a 13 state progressive populist campaign and one of the most exciting organizing efforts to take place in 30 years.
The emergent movement to include the forgotten American working class, poor, and rural communities and unite America on our shared issues and values state by state. Lessons from the field, find out what Idaho did to lead the way...
George Goehl, Ed of People's Action and UVI's Partner speaking on
Chris Hayes about why rural organizing matters more than ever before
In the fall of 2016, United Vision for Idaho launched RiseUp, Idaho! a rural and urban populous organizing initiative. We advocate a bold agenda created and vetted by Idahoans across the state reflecting their values and needs. It's not a party or candidate platform; it's a people's platform. It's not a list of policies the establishment says we can win, but what the people of Idaho must win!
The majority of Idahoans don’t believe their issues or values are being represented by either party - believe that special interests have superseded individual rights and opportunity - believe that we have lost our ability to have respectful and meaningful conversations to create real solutions.
From cities to family farms, this effort consists of Idahoans united on issues and values, committed to bridging divides, and building and igniting communities to advocate for policies that lead to real improvements in people’s lives.
What is the People's Platform?
In an 18 month process, Idahoans across the state created and vetted the list of issues and values that are core motivators for families and communities in Idaho.
Healthcare: Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid, Social Security
Gun Sense; Community & School Safety
A Caring Economy; People Before Profits
Strong/Well-Funded Public Education PreK – 16
Accessible, Affordable Higher Education
Dignity & Protections at Work
Restoring & Protecting Local Control
Public Lands in Public Hands
Gender & Racial Equity
True Climate Justice
A Just Immigration System
Sovereignty for Native Nations
Special Interest Money out of Idaho Politics; True Democracy
Government Transparency & Accountability
Visit our sister organization, United Action for Idaho to find out more about the endorsed RISEUp, Idaho! Candidates who have vowed in a 13 page response each about how they will work with people most impacted throughout their tenure to realize the people's platform.
Now, more than ever, we need to take democracy into our own hands. That means taking to the streets and engaging in civic action to let politicians, and those seeking elected office that they work for us! To let them know we are organized like never before– and we’ve just begun.
We invite you to be part of the rapidly growing people's movement to make real change in people's lives and build long-term systemic power.