Youth Leadership Training

ICAN is hosting it’s 2014 Youth Leadership Training this Saturday at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Nampa. Training will begin at 11:00 am and end at 3:00 pm with lunch provided.

Youth 14 and older can attend. We will be going over community organizing, civic engagement work and leadership skills. Please register by calling Krista at 208-390-5352.

We Belong Together Luncheon

The Idaho Community Action Network cordially invites you to join us for the We Belong Together Luncheon!
When: Saturday March 22, 2014
12:00 to 1:30 PM
Where: Adelmann Building 622 W Idaho St, Boise, Idaho 83702

Guest Speaker Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapal is the founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica. Started in the wake of 9-11, OneAmerica has grown to become the largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington State and a leading force for immigrant rights nationally. Ms. Jayapal is an immigrant from India and has spent over twenty years working for social justice in the U.S. and internationally. She is also a published writer of essays and a book, and the proud mother of a 14-year old son. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including being named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of 20 Women of Influence, whose work “moves the needle on critical issues.” Ms. Jayapal has 20 years of experience in social justice work, domestically and internationally. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Georgetown University in English and Economics. She is the author of several essays, articles, and the book Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland.

Expanding Health Coverage Will Create More Than 16,000 Economy-Boosting Jobs

According to an analysis by University of Idaho economist Steven Peterson, if Idaho adopted the health coverage expansion in 2014, the new spending on health care services and its ripple effects would create 16,337
jobs in the state – living wage jobs that allow families to make a living without relying on public assistance.Report - Expanding Health Coverage with Federal Funds Will Create Economy-Boosting Jobs in Idaho - FINAL(2)
An estimated 11,825 of these jobs will be in the state’s health care industry. The other 4,512 will be spread across a range of industries.
The new report – Expanding Health Coverage with Federal Funds Will Create Economy-Boosting Jobs in Idaho– was released by Idaho Community Action Network and prepared by Alliance for A just Society.
Idaho resident Dave Lounsberry said the combination of Medicaid expansion, bringing health care to 88,000 more Idahoans, and the creation of thousand of more economy boosting jobs is the best possible scenario for Idaho families. Lounsberry lost a steady mill job in Lewiston 10 years ago and has been piecing together a living since.

“I am treading a fine line,” said Lounsberry. “What scares me most, at age 58, is going without health insurance. I don’t earn enough to qualify for the health care exchange. With a better paying job I wouldn’t need Medicaid at all.  It’s a great opportunity, but our Idaho governor and legislators don’t think working with the Federal government is worth the risk. I can tell them a little about risk. Continue reading