For Immediate Release
Contact: Terri Sterling
Boise, ID – Idaho Community Action Network was one of four Idaho grassroots organizations to receive a grant from Fund for Idaho to support their work to build a strong base of low income and working families from both white and Latino communities. ICAN continues to grow and invest in base-building, exploring new models and organizing techniques that will build membership across Idaho’s vast geography with low staff support. ICAN works on immigration reform, health care access and fair lending.
Idaho is 50th in wages and #1 in the highest interest rates on short term loans in the nation. This means more Idahoans are living in poverty and working for minimum wages, without access to healthcare or fair lending. In addition, the political climate in Idaho continues to leave the needs of low-income families unrepresented. For example, 100,000 Idaho families would directly benefit from the Medicaid expansion that continues to be dismissed by the governor and the Idaho Legislature. To move a progressive agenda ICAN must raise up the stories of Idaho’s working and poor families, propose clear alternatives and highlight the benefits to families, communities and the state, while organizing across Idaho’s vast geography and diversity.
ICAN was established in 1999 to provide a voice for Idahoans committed to progressive social change and to develop the power necessary to create those changes. Over the last 14 years, ICAN has established a proven track record of winning real changes in the lives of families throughout the state of Idaho on important issues including: fair lending, immigration, education, fair worker benefits, healthcare and food insecurity.
Now in its 15th year of operation ICAN’s families are continuing the fight for economic justice by addressing three critical issues: the need to expand health care so that all Idahoans have access, the need to address immigration reform so that families move out of the shadows, and fair lending reform so that families have access to sound financial resources.