This is a powerful campaign for democracy and economic fairness. From family farms to communities and cities across Idaho ordinary people are organizing on our shared values and issues. As we launch a robust deep canvas across the state, we want to be able to tell voters where you stand on their issues. It is a bold vision championed by thousands of Idahoans who have become disillusioned with party politics want to know where candidates stand on the issues that matter most and they are working hard to mobilize people across the state to take action and vote accordingly.
We believe that elections should be won by ideas, not bought with shady contributions from big corporations and wealthy donors. United Action for Idaho is committed to reimagining and rebuilding our state and national government through movement politics - that does not seek to advance a party platform, but to hold all elected officials and those seeking office to a higher standard, one that reflects the values and issues most important to the people of Idaho and this country.
Over the past year, as participants have engaged in our rural organizing campaign, communities have come together to design a people’s platform of issues that align with their values and one to hold all elected and those seeking public office accountable to their shared platform.
We have requested that every candidate seeking elected office respond to those concerns. Unfortunately all of the republican candidates who responded lost their primaries. A handful of candidates running as democrats have taken your voices seriously and thoughtfully provided answer to address each of the issues listed and made commitments following the election, that if elected they will continue meeting with you and ensuring that your values are upheld and that you can have confidence in their representation and leadership. A full list will be coming soon that allows you to judge for yourself where candidates stand and whether they were willing to respond at all.
Our work is centered around fighting for core ideas: economic systems that put people and planet before profits and building democracy that includes and reflects us all.
We support comprehensive solutions to our healthcare that take the profit out of our system and bring us closer to universal coverage (such as an improved Medicare for All system.) We want a system that eliminates health disparities experienced by people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and low-income people.
Our economy is about more than numbers. It’s about people. We’re fighting for new rules for our economy to ensure we’re cared for when we provide care for each other. The idea is simple. You shouldn’t have to worry about losing your job when you take time to care for your children, parents, or the other people in your life. You should be able to find childcare you trust and can afford. And, if you’re a professional caregiver, you should be able to count on a living wage for your work — just like we all should. By caring for our elders, you’re caring for entire families, a labor that deserves special respect. For five years, Idahoans have sought a public hearing on raising the state’s minimum wage, for two years we have been trying to advance a pay equity bill, yet no action has been taken by the legislature.
We believe we must tear down barriers based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity across all aspects of social and political life.
We work for bold solutions to dismantle gender-based oppression including guaranteed access to health care, equal access to economic success, strengthening and expanding civil rights and the justice system and an end to gendered violence and harassment and to add housing accommodation and employment protections to our unprotected LGBTQ community.
We support an end to the corrosive system of mass incarceration. We believe we must not only end mass incarceration but institute restorative justice and invest in rebuilding the communities harmed by violence and mass incarceration.
We support community-based solutions and policies at the local level.
We support preservation of Idaho public lands.
We support an environmental agenda that protects working class and marginalized communities across Idaho. We advance an environmental agenda to stop fossil fuel extraction, fracking and pollution, making sure that communities directly impacted are on the front lines of climate change are first in line for recovery; ensuring that energy solutions are controlled by and work for 100% of the people as both workers and energy-users.
Idaho is fighting to advance a housing agenda that puts working class and communities of color at the center, that supports reparations for marginalized communities, including communities of color, poor communities and people with disabilities stripped of wealth by redlining and predatory lending, that demands reinvestment in public housing at every level of government, that ends the selling of public units and land to private owners, that regulates the private market, landlords, big banks, guards against the next crisis and commits to conducting a comprehensive housing needs assessment. and that regulates the private market, landlords, big banks, and guards against the next crisis.
The far right and special interests have targeted Idaho for many years. ALEC (The State Exchange Legislative Council and political arm of the far right that produces the vast majority of Idaho legislative bills) ranks Idaho 7th among the 50 states in identifying targets and has stated that Idaho next to Utah is its greatest success. Across the country, red states have been targeted by these groups e to institute their policy agenda through the Idaho legislature.