2015 ICAN Annual Meeting and People’s Power Picnic

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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. 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.”

Rigged to Fail

Report Card: Idaho Policies are Failing Working Families

Raising the wage and protecting child support are critical steps in helping workers move from barely surviving to thriving.

BOISE — A healthy, thriving environment that allows workers to move beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck is good for families, good for business, good for the community, and good for the economy.

Unfortunately, in Idaho, state policies too often seem rigged against workers and their families, preventing people from getting ahead no matter how hard they struggle. Low wages, a lack of good-paying jobs, inequitable tax systems, sky-rocketing education costs and debilitating debt especially impact low-income families.

A new report card, “Rigged to Fail: When state policies suppress workers’ ability to make ends meet,” released today by Idaho Community Action Network, gives Idaho an “F” when it comes to passing policies that help workers and their families get ahead. Here is a copy of the report.

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