2020 is here and there is no time to waste! Join us for the Idaho Women in Blue Day at the Capitol as we speak with our Legislators and prepare for the year ahead! Come help us celebrate 100 years of the women’s right to vote and ensure that women’s rights are at the forefront for the next century.
More details will be posted as we get closer to the event so stay tuned!
The National Federation of Democratic Women invites members of the Western Region Chapters to our Western Regional Conference on February 7 and 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, under the direction of Pam Cordova, Western Regional Director and hosted by the Nevada Federation of Democratic Women.
Established in 1971, the Federation is the official organization of the Democratic Party focusing on women’s issues and as a means of supporting women’s voices within the Democratic Party of the United States. The Nevada chapter is the newest of 38 chapters across the nation and the 7th in the Western Region, joining Arizona, California, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon & Washington.
The conference includes 4 workshops: Targeted Social Media, Growing Your Membership, Getting in the Door (pathways for young democratic women), Women and Campaigns (Roles and training for women).
A buffet lunch will be served during which a panel of nationally recognized Democratic Women will discuss their experiences.
We will also get an update from National as well as convening a President’s Panel to discuss contemporaneous issues and discuss areas of collaboration and potential regional resolutions.
Tickets to the conference cost $75.00 per person and can be purchased online at https://eventdex.force.com/BLN_RegistrationDym?id=a190H000007wH5BQAU .
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. This legislation will provide protections for caregivers like nurses and social workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides no enforceable standards that would require employers to implement a workplace violence prevention program for health care and social services workers. Employees in these industries are four times as likely to experience workplace violence, and that number is even worse for public employees in the field. Over the last ten years, workplace violence incidents for the health care and social service sectors have increased by 69 percent. In hospitals, violence grew by 123 percent, and in psychiatric settings, by 201 percent. H.R. 1309 represents a critical step forward by requiring OSHA to develop workplace violence prevention programs, and provides other vital protections for our nation’s caregivers.
We owe a great debt to health care and social service workers. And like all Americans, they are entitled to a safe and dignified workplace environment. Check to see how your Representative voted on H.R. 1309 by visiting www.congress.gov. If your representative voted “Yes,” email or call with a note of thanks. Also important: If you find a “ No” vote, ask why. Then contact your Senators and ask for their support.
Secondly, we are researching the process for federal workers to have a trial by a federal jury.
We had a very successful breakfast earlier this month in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho with Tai Simpson and Paulette Jordan speaking to the audience. Tai Simpson’s talk about the MMIW movement was potent and the IDWC supports the efforts to bring awareness to the plight of indigenous women across Idaho.
As President Gini Ballou stated, “we don’t have to be Native to care about our indigenous sisters.” According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population comprises 1.1% of the total population of Idaho. Yet this population, especially among Native women, are known to experience some of the highest rates of murder, sexual violence, and domestic violence. Promoting awareness of issues that affect those who are vulnerable in our state is an important step in making progress.
Tai is a social change advocate with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. She is an organizer for the Indigenous Idaho Alliance and fierce champion who uses storytelling to make a difference in her community. Her presentation was powerful and emotionally charging while it also educated the audience about the MMIW movement.
The MMIW movement is about the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women across the nation, including Idaho. Idaho has five recognized native tribes that have felt the impact of this tragedy across each of their communities. Tai reported that there are currently between 15,000 and 17,000 unsolved cases involving indigenous women. Often times, these cases are not categorized correctly and do not receive much media attention if any. Lack of data and attention hinders the efforts of families and friends to find their loved ones and to see justice served.
Paulette Jordan, the 2018 Democratic candidate for Governor of Idaho and a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, also spoke briefly at the breakfast. She spoke about the MMIW movement as well and the impact that it has had on tribal communities. She said, “if we don’t take care of indigenous people here, then who are we as humanity?” She also spoke about the efforts made by some legislators across the country to formulate legislation to address this issue. These efforts continue to be ongoing at this point in time.
We would like to thank our fabulous speakers for their contributions to educating us about the plight of indigenous women across Idaho and our nation. The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus would also like to thank those who came to the breakfast in order to help support our efforts in getting more Democratic women elected into public office.