It’s a Shark Attack!

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Media Advisory
August 6, 2014
Contact: Terri Sterling
(208) 790-4438
It’s a Shark Attack
ICAN Members Warn, “Don’t Get Bit By Predatory Lending”

LEWISTON ID- Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) members and Lewiston families harmed by predatory loans are biting back this week by drawing attention to the numerous payday and title loan businesses on Lewiston’s 21st Street and the need for the City of Lewiston to limit the growth of these types of businesses.

ICAN leaders will turn out Wednesday on 21st Street in front of these loan companies with flyers, petitions and large banners warning residents, “Don’t Get Bit by Predatory Lending,” and “It’s A Feeding Frenzy”.

“I struggle with payday loan debt, and I think that our local and state governments have a responsibility to restrict the harmful businesses in our community. They are bad players-taking money out of our community, states Alison Smith, Lewiston resident in a report released by ICAN this week, Predatory Lending Practices Negatively Impact Lewiston Valley Residents And The Local Economy.

Idaho, without an interest rate cap, has the highest interest rates in the nation at 582%APR, yet the state legislature continues to dismiss the need for a state rate cap that would limit the interest rate at 36%. As a result, Idaho becomes a “feeding frenzy” for predatory lending and the responsibility falls on local governments to limit the number of lenders they will allow. Caldwell recently adopted such an ordinance. Continue reading

North Idaho Health Care Roundtable

Join ICAN members and North Idaho Healthcare Leaders for a discussion on the current status of health care in Idaho. Learn how Idaho can save money, create new jobs, and ensure all Idahoans have access to affordable healthcare. Here is a list of a few of our roundtable participants:

  • Dr. John Rusche, Idaho State Representative, Health and Welfare Committee
  • Charlotte Ash, Director, Snake River Health Clinic
  • Nicole Cleveland,Patient Services, CHAS Clinic
  • Brian Fonnesbeck, Nursing Professor, LCSC
  • Genevieve Sylvia, Healthcare Professional, uninsured.

Where: Lewis Clark State College, Sacajawea Hall Room 112
When: Wednesday May 28,2014 at 11:00am
Who: Everyone concerned with health care in Idaho

For more information please contact

Idaho Community Action Network Receives $5000 grant from Fund for Idaho

Media Release

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.