US Bank: They’re Doing The Hokey Pokey And Stripping All Our Wealth!

ICAN member Krista Ziebarth wearing the message!

ICAN member Krista Ziebarth wearing the message!

There are questions we ask of ourselves after every direct action we stage against powerful institutions. Institutions that seem to operate with impunity and hurt working families, often keeping families locked in debilitating cycles of poverty. Yesterday’s actions against US Bank raised the same questions: did we make a difference? Are they going to listen?

Community voices from Minnesota, Oregon and Idaho spoke to the press about the ongoing predatory and unfair practices of US Bank. And with proxies in hand others in our coalition addressed US Bank’s annual shareholders meeting. The meeting last year was in Minnesota, but after other community voices holding proxies to the meeting held the bank’s CEO Richard Davis to task for over an hour, the bank changed the location. Perhaps they thought they could meet in peace, but that was not the case. Our actions yesterday began early in the morning. Continue reading

Medicaid Matters in Idaho

The federal health reform adopted in 2010 builds on a number of strong components of our health care system. One of these components is the Medicaid program which provides comprehensive, affordable health coverage to approximately 210,000 Idahoans.

However, Medicaid is not only a health coverage program. It is also an economic engine. Medicaid spending supports health care industry jobs in Idaho’s counties and directly purchases goods and services. These direct health care purchases trigger further cycles of earnings and purchases that ripple throughout the economy, affecting individuals and businesses not directly associated with health care, and generating jobs, income, and economic activity. Medicaid’s contributions are particularly important in rural areas, which would face even more severe strains without the boost Medicaid provides. Continue reading