ICAN’s Mission Statement

The fundamental mission of ICAN is to provide a voice for Idahoans committed to progressive social change and to develop the power necessary to create those changes. We are dedicated to the following principles:

  • Empowerment of disenfranchised people and development of new leadership. We recognize that empowerment may mean different things to each of us. However, we share a commitment to developing community, acquiring and using skills, reinforcing active involvement, developing a common sense of responsibility and taking action for change.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – we are steadfastly dedicated to diversity.
  • A stable, membership-driven funding base.
  • The democratic process within and outside the organization.
  • Non-violent action in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. These activities may include direct action, rallies, lobbying, public education research, street theater or community meetings.
  • ICAN’s members elect the ICAN Board of Directors, which sets policy for the organization.

2015 ICAN Annual Meeting and People’s Power Picnic


On Friday September 18, 2015 ICAN hosted our 1st Annual People’s Power Picnic at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho. With sponsors from the AFL-CIO and Community Council of Idaho, members came out for a fun family evening in the park with stories from our members, news from our radio station in Burley and a dessert auction. Pies, cupcakes and other homemade desserts helped ICAN raise money to keep our work going.

The Idaho Community Action Network celebrated at the 2015 Annual Meeting held at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday September 19, after prioritizing the issues ICAN will work in 2016.


ICAN members came from Pocatello, Burley, Heyburn, Paul, Wendall, Lewiston, Kamiah, Culdesac, Lapwai, Boise, Nampa and Caldwell. They strategized how to break down barriers to accessing health care and fair lending.

Members participated in small and large group presentations that provided tools on how to work on some of our issues locally in our rural communities, including how to help our friends and families with the immigration process.

We have a lot of work to do in Idaho, and now we have plan! Thanks to everyone who attended and supported this wonderful weekend.


Happy Birthday CFPB: Protecting American Consumers Against Wall Street

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the law that created the only financial regulatory agency with a mandate to put the interests of consumers first. Since it opened its doors in July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has begun to bring badly needed rules of fair play to mortgages, debit cards and other areas of the financial marketplace, while delivering some $10.1 billion in refunds and restitution to more than 14 million consumers cheated by financial companies big and small.

Now the Bureau has taken the first steps toward issuing rules that could end abuses in payday, car-title, and other high-cost, debt-trap consumer loans – loans that have had devastating effects on countless Wisconsin families. Unfortunately for the citizens of Idaho, however, Senator Crapo appears to be lining up with the payday lenders and the big banks in their ceaseless efforts to block regulation and undermine the Consumer Bureau’s effectiveness.

Senator Crapo has voted for bills and amendments designed to curtail the CFPB’s funding and authority and roll back financial reform. In addition, he ranks among the top thirty House recipients of payday-industry campaign contributions, with $37,500 coming in during the last election cycle.

A new survey confirms once again that most voters – including majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans – believe there should be more, not less, government oversight of financial companies. Nearly nine out of ten voters say that small-dollar lenders should have to make sure a loan is affordable in light of a customer’s income and expenses. Continue reading

Health Care Victory Not For All Idahoans

Today, the Supreme Court rejected an attack on the Affordable Care Act, our country’s historic health care law. Now, 6.4 million people can rest more easily, knowing their health insurance won’t be stripped away.

ICAN led grassroots leaders in the fight for health care for everyone in Idaho. The ACA was a major victory, and it’s here to stay.

“But it’s not time for us to celebrate in Idaho,” said Robynhawk Wilson, ICAN board member. “Our lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid, and about 90,000 Idahoans are being shut out of quality health care as a result. This refusal is steeped in racial injustice: a large portion of those still excluded are people of color.”

In Idaho about 450 citizens die each year without access to health care. Currently, adults with incomes between 26-100% FPL do not qualify for subsidies through the ACA or Medicaid benefits.

“The country is moving forward with health reform, and our state lawmakers have no more excuses. It’s time to stand up for all Idahoans.”