First of all, we would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day and a big thank you to all of the workers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities.
Have you requested your absentee ballot yet? With less than 60 days left till Election Day, it’s time to make a voting plan on how you plan on casting your vote this year. You can request an absentee ballot online at https://idahovotes.gov/ before October 23rd. But don’t wait, do it now!
Finally, we have some amazing female candidates in Idaho on the ballot across the state. Follow this link: https://idwc.org/candidates/ to check them out and find out how to support their campaigns.
Some supporters of Paulette Jordan are hosting a virtual fundraiser for her Senate campaign. You are cordially invited to join them on Zoom on June 23rd at 6:30 pm MST. You will need to click on the image above to donate and to join the party. Grab your money, your enthusiasm, and your favorite beverage and help out Paulette!
During the National Federation of Democratic Women’s 2020 Virtual Convention, the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus helped co-sponsor a resolution in honor of George Floyd. We are very saddened by his senseless death and stand proud with those who are protesting racial injustice. His death serves as a wake-up to all of us that the Justice in Policing Act is desperately needed in these difficult times. The text of the resolution is below:
National Federation of Democratic Women Resolution #8
In Support of the Justice in Policing Act
WHEREAS, the horrific murder of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis–with a police officer’s knee to his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as he gasped for air, gave an anguished cry “I can’t breathe” and called to his deceased mother–galvanized hundreds of thousands of Americans to take to the streets in peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in support of transformative change that ends police brutality, ends racial profiling, gives jurisdiction the power to fire or prosecute offending officers to achieve civil rights and justice for all, and invests in communities; and
WHEREAS, this week the Congressional Black Caucus–the conscience of the Congress–led over 200 House Democrats in introducing H.R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act. This bold, transformative legislation will assist police departments to change the culture of policing, raise the standards of the profession and hold officers accountable by (1) creating the first-ever national accreditation standards for the operation of police departments, (2) establishing accountability and limits to the qualified immunity that keeps unfit officers on the street, (3) banning chokeholds and no-knock drug warrants, and (4) establishing a national registry of police so unfit officers can’t move from one jurisdiction to another with impunity; and
WHEREAS, had these Justice in Policing Act reforms been the law of the land several years ago, Eric Garner and George Floyd would be alive because the bill bans chokeholds; Breonna Taylor would not have been shot to death in her sleep because no-knock warrants for drug offenses would have been illegal; and this May, Tamir Rice would have graduated from high school rather than having been killed at age 12 after an encounter that lasted mere seconds with an officer who had been fired from another department; and
WHEREAS, the Justice in Policing Act reinvests in our communities and empowers them to shape the future of public safety through grants to community-based organizations to develop innovative solutions.THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Federation of Democratic Women endorses the Justice in Policing Act and urges all Members of Congress and Senators to support this lifesaving legislation and to reshape the future of public safety with justice for all.
The National Federation of Democratic Women salutes the numerous nurses, doctors, first responders, and other health care professionals who are risking their own lives each day of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also honor the many essential workers that have kept our food, pharmaceuticals, and other much-needed supplies available for us while they too are risking their lives supporting all citizens during this national emergency.
Too many nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers are facing working without all the protective masks, gowns, and other critical items they need to protect themselves. They have had to work long grueling hours, and deal with horrendous situations and death. These heroes also work in the midst of the fear that they have the virus and are asymptomatic. Therefore, they can transmit this deadly disease to their patients and then take it home to their own families.
Nevertheless, they return to the front lines again and again, with no end in sight. The daily stress that is cast upon these individuals who are working to take care of our country is horrific. Many on the frontline have referred to their experiences as being “in a war.” This mental anguish can take a tremendous toil, and can even leave these individuals with post-traumatic syndrome.
NFDW is asking our membership to contact your Congressional representatives and senators and ask them to honor these hometown heroes with a special recognition that can express the gratitude of all Americans for their selfless dedication while they care for their fellow citizens.
– NFDW President Cindy Jenks