On Being an Ally

I am enjoying following literary rabbit trails and making surprising cognitive connections this week. One of the articles on my reading list gets at some tough truths. It recommends that we stop trying to manage our interactions for our own ends and become an ally in the causes of others. I want to share it with you for two reasons: first, it is a personal reminder to practice humility in the face of diversity.

Progressives letter on Hr620

This letter was written for the Idaho Falls Progressive’s visit to legislator’s offices as part of their education campaign. To: Senators Crapo and Risch and House member Simpson from: the Idaho Falls Progressives Date: December 19, 2017 We write again today to raise awareness about the damaging impacts of HR620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. The act was passed by the house on February 15 and awaits action in the Senate.

Progressives Website Recommendations

Introduction The purpose of this document is to provide an update on our progress toward establishing an organizational web presence. The board authorized $95 for the purchase of a domain and web hosting package from Bluehost.com at last month’s meeting. We presented what we thought was the most cost effective option to the board during that meeting. As we learned more, it became clear that our initial recommendations for both cost effective and easily implemented options were incomplete.

CHIP Letter

To: Senators Crapo and Risch and House member Simpson from: the Idaho Falls Progressives Date: December 19, 2017 The Idaho Falls Progressives respectfully requests that you make continuation funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) a priority. Approximately 35,000 low-income children in Idaho depend on this program to maintain access to healthcare. Estimates are that Idaho will run out of funds by the end of January if something is not done to continue supporting the provision of insurance for Idaho’s most vulnerable children.

Information from Teleconference

Hello everyone, I had the opportunity to participate in a webinar yesterday called The Hugely Important Upcoming Tax Cut Battle: Why it Matters, co-hosted by the Food Research & Action Center and the Coalition on Human Needs. Hundreds of advocates tuned in to learn how the House and Senate tax proposals, which provide trillions of dollars in tax cuts largely tilted to the wealthy, pose a direct threat to services for low- and moderate-income people.