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.

In Honor of ICAN Board Member Karen McWilliams

IMG_2948The smile says it all.  Karen McWilliams, senior leader and Board Member, fought for justice with kind words and a loving heart. Karen lifted everyone up believing in Justice For All and she committed her life to working for racial, social and economic justice.  On July 12, 2016 Karen left us and moved on peacefully, yet she leaves our hearts a little bit bigger from all the love she gave us.   She gave so much  to help others through her testimony at the Idaho Legislature, letter writing and phone calls. Karen leaves behind her twin sister Sharon who remains committed to the fight for justice. We will miss Karen.   Please consider making a donation to ICAN in her honor.

Let’s End Predatory Lending

GRAPHIC (1) Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a new proposed rule aimed at ending the debt trap created by predatory payday and title lending products. The proposed rule would look at a person’s ability to repay along with limiting fees and actions that can be taken by the lender.
With this proposed rule is a 100 day comment period and our opportunity to tell the CFPB why a strong rule is important for hard working low income families. Clearly, we need fair lending and now is the time to tell the CFPB to close the loopholes. According to the Center for Responsible Lending, “This proposal must be significantly strengthened when finalized in order to stop the debt trap, but the CFPB takes the right approach based on ability to repay and, if it closes the loopholes, the rule could help millions of Americans.”

Please join us and submit your comment to the CFPB here:

Idaho Community Action Network – Stop Payday Predators

Prayer and Fast for Life

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The Idaho Legislature has one week left to find a way to come together and cover Idaho’s uninsured. Almost every day one person dies in Idaho because they had no access to healthcare.

Please join ICAN members from across Idaho this week in a meaningful Prayer and Fast for Life.

Sign up on our Facebook Event page and starting on Palm Sunday at sundown (March 20) and ending at sundown on Good Friday, join as we begin a week of prayer and fasting for health care. You can share a candle as your profile picture to show your participation. Keep the candles “lit” while fasting and praying.

Please pray that our elected representatives make the right choice this week and support life by covering our loved one’s across the state who can’t afford to wait to see a doctor.

Also, please pray for those who can’t wait for health care. Pray they find strength to hold on a little longer.

While participating please contact Idaho legislators and tell them to give life and close the coverage gap.