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Allies on the Front Lines of Democracy

The Indivisible Movement

Indivisible is a nationwide, grassroots coalition formed in 2017 as a reaction to Donald Trump’s  election, It has grown into thousands of  volunteer-led local groups in every congressional district to engage in advocacy and  electoral work at the local, state, and national level.

  • Learn about Indivisible here.
  • Download the comprehensive Indivisible Guide here.
  • Locate and join an Indivisible Chapter near you by clicking here.

  

Other State, Regional, and National Organizations


American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee. This isn’t political. It’s about equal rights under law for everybody. We stand with the ACLU.

Do you know your rights? These easy-to-use resources were created by the ACLU so you can have your rights at your fingertips:

Demonstrations and protests

You have the First Amendment right to:

· Peacefully assemble

· Photograph or record video of the police

· Protest in public spaces

· Photograph anything in plain view.


For specifics on how your freedom of speech and assembly is protected, click here.


Within the Border Zone

Idaho is among states within the nation’s 100-mile “border zone,” where the federal government holds the Fourth Amendment protections against random and arbitrary stops and searches without a warrant, or even suspicion of wrongdoing, do not fully apply.

Learn more here.

To see the information in Spanish (Para ver la información en español, haga clic aquí.), click here.

The ACLU maintains a nationwide network of staffed offices in every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. To request legal assistance or get involved, find your local ACLU affiliate here.


ACLU Idaho

https://www.acluidaho.org/ 


Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood was founded more than a century ago to help ensure that women have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world provide vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. 

Planned Parenthood is a respected leader in educating Americans about reproductive and sexual health, providing these resources to 1.5 million people every year. The organization is also a leader in the reproductive health and rights movement, advocating for policies that enable Americans to access comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care, education, and information. Whether talking with members of Congress, parents, or faith leaders, or arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood strives for commonsense policies that promote women’s health, allow individuals to prevent unintended pregnancies through access to affordable contraception, and protect the health of young people by providing them with comprehensive sex education. We stand with Planned Parenthood. Learn more here.


Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization educating residents and policy makers in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Hawaii about reproductive health issues. PPVNH Lobbies and educates to advance Planned Parenthood's mission and also engages in limited electoral activities.


International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Now, even in the United States, long a beacon of hope for the oppressed, marginalized, and victimized people of the world, refugees and asylum seekers are being turned away on the politically expedient excuse of a “broken immigration system.” This is not partisan, and it should not be political. We stand with the IRC.

In 2017, the IRC and its international program partners: 

  • · Helped nearly 23 million people access primary health care
  • · Provided cash and asset transfers to 179,491 households of refugees and vulnerable people
  • · Reached an estimated 2 million people affected by the hunger crises in East Africa, Nigeria, and Yemen
  • · Provided 1.14 million children with schooling and other education opportunities
  • · Helped to create or support 16,179 businesses – 73 percent owned by women.
  • · Provided support through safe spaces to 135,598 children and 116,580 women and girls.
  • In the United States in 2017, the IRC, with a nationwide network supported by more than 5,200 volunteers: 
  • · Helped 10,665 refugees and special immigrant visa recipients resettle in American communities
  • · Helped to create 134 refugee-owned small businesses.

Learn more about you can start right now to support the work of the IRC here.

And to learn more about the work of the IRC in Idaho, click here.


Run For Something

Maybe you can do more than march or doorknock, or give money. Maybe you should have skin in the game. That’s the idea behind Run for Something, a fast-growing, highly successful progressive resource network for young people interested in becoming down-ballot candidates and officeholders nationwide. Its mission is to get young progressive candidates from non-traditional backgrounds to run for and win state and local offices, and create a next-generation slate of political candidates that will seek higher office in the future.

Donald Trump may not like or even understand how much his presidency has galvinized America. But Run for Something was established Jan. 20, 2017, the day Trump was sworn in, by Amanda Litman, the email director of Hillary Clinton's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and Ross Morales Rocketto, a veteran of several political campaigns. A few months later, Onward Together, the political action group created by Clinton and supporters, selected Run for Something as one of its three primary partner organizations. In 2017 Virginia elections, Run for Something-endorsed candidates won more than 40 percent of their races, almost four times the average for first-time candidates.

If you’re thinking about running for office, or even thinking about thinking about being a candidate, Run for Something is a good place to start. Learn more here.


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Coming Events

We welcome your organization's information about coming events that are open to the general public, to post on our Calendar page. We're also seeking volunteers willing to help solicit and compile event information for the calendar. Contact us at info@transformidaho.org.

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Contact Your Lawmakers

Anthropologist Margaret Mead inspired us with this famous quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, organized citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

Doing that involves regular communication with elected officials at all levels. We provide some helpful tips and links for the most effective ways to engage with your lawmakers.

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Vote Smarter

Like it or not, we can't afford to elect candidates simply by the letter behind the name. We must dig deeper, weighing choices by what they do, not simply by what they say.

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Distinguish Fact from Opinion

We’re careful to distinguish between fact and opinion. You should be too.

There is an important difference between polls and surveys. A poll asks just one multiple-choice question, and provides participants a range of answers, from which they may select just one, or as many as apply. With a survey, participants can choose from among predefined answers. For example, survey responses can be limited to those who identify themselves as registered voters. Or, respondents can choose multiple answers, or “other,” or “not applicable” or “no response.” A survey presents multiple questions across a wider range of question types. Participants are also asked to provide comments and personal information such as age ranges, gender, ethnic identity, postal area code, or address, e-mail address, and so on. Answers to such questions help researchers categorize responss by demographic analysis.

In articles or media reports about polls and surveys, note what method is being described, and look for the scope and methodology. Polls are less scientific, and are usually intended to determine an abstraction, such as “the mood of voters,” or “exit polls show.” Surveys are more structured, and the number of people being surveyed is based upon statistical probability, as well as the scope of the sampling. This could include people who self-identify as liberals, moderates, or conservatives, or “just women” or “just people between the ages of 18 and 35.”

Subjective Opinion Reports:

Samples of public opinion are least accurate if taken from “the man on the street,” or from responses to questions presented on social media or on a political party  or candidate's Website.

Our Civic Action Allies in Idaho

At TransForm Idaho, we recognize and help support the efforts of other volunteer organizations that work for specific goals and causes. These groups, large and small, have the expertise to address such rights  issues as reproductive health, gender equality, domestic abuse, pay equity, housing, food sufficiency, and discrimination, or quality-of-life concerns such as access to health care, quality of education, a living wage, care for the elderly, wildlife habitat preservation, environmental quality, and so on.

Here is a partial list. Some organizations are small Facebook groups, others are affiliated with larger regional or national organizations. We welcome your suggestions for other groups to include in this list. Send your suggestions to info@transformidaho.org

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Find Facts With Our Custom Google Search Engine

We provide the TransForm Idaho/Google Search Engine, drawing from more than 2,600  original sources of statistics and other primary data, organizations and government as well as nongovernmental agencies, plus reports from media outlets and news aggregators on the Web to help you find additional information on subjects related to current issues in the American political arena. The algorithm we use limits the search within relevant sites, rather than the whole Internet universe, to yield results from primary sources of factual fact, such as official statistics, research, and other trusted, attributed content from sources that may have political bias, but to eliminate bogus sources and sites that are overtly partisan, spread misinformation, conspiracy theories, or outright lies and hate-mongering.

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