BCD & IDWC Summer Picnic 2019

2019 picnic

Join the Bannock County Democrats and the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus for the 2019 annual joint fundraising summer picnic on Thursday, July 25th from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lower Ross Park in Pocatello. 

Dinner will be a smoked meat competition featuring local unions including the IBEW, Pocatello Firefighters, and the Building Trades/Ironworkers, and the fabulous Thanks a Brunch food truck. We are planning on having great live music from a terrific local performer. We will also have sides, and dessert plus beer will be available for purchase. Come support both local women candidates and your favorite Democratic county party as we prepare for the upcoming elections.

Tickets are $25/adults, $10/kids over six including students, and tickets are free for kids under six. Tickets can be purchased in person or at Eventbrite. Come have some fun at the picnic and help support the IDWC!

NFDW Action Alert on USWNST and Equal Pay

NFDW members are joining the celebration of the phenomenal fourth World Cup win by the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNST) and their fight for equal pay.

Previously, five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission because women soccer players are paid 89% of what the men receive. In April 2017, it was reported,  “a new collective bargaining agreement, or CBA, with the U.S. Soccer Federation had been made. The agreement stated that the players would have increased base pay and improved match bonuses. These changes could increase their previous pay from $200,000 to $300,000. This 2017 CBA, however, does not guarantee the women’s team equal pay with the men’s national team. The CBA’s five-year term, through 2021, ensured that the next negotiation would not become an issue for the team in its next major competitions.  Also, the U.S. Soccer Federation had agreed to pay the players for two years’ worth of unequal per-diem payments.

On March 8, 2019, all 28 members of the U.S. team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles, accused the Federation of ‘institutional gender discrimination.’  The lawsuit claims that the discrimination affects not only the amount the players are paid, but also their playing, training, and travel conditions.”

This discrimination is reflective of unequal pay in the U.S. that continues to hold women, outside of soccer, who currently receive 80 cents on each dollar of what men are paid.  Women of color receive even less.  According to the U.S. Labor Department, at this rate, it will be 2059 before women reach pay parity.    

NFDW is calling on all members to join the fight of the USWNST and all women to receive equal pay for equal work.  When President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end President Barack Obama’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, all women were negatively impacted.  The women’s soccer team has re-ignited a challenge to this systemic problem of women not receiving equal pay.  NFDW is calling on Congress to end the arcane practice of women not being paid equally for the work that they perform.   

NFDW Action Alert on Border Crisis

National Federation of Democratic Women President Cindy Jenks has issued the following statement about the border crisis:

            “It is time for all citizens to hold Donald Trump and his administration accountable for the deplorable, inhumane, and dangerous conditions that have been inflicted on the children that are being held at the border.  President Trump has also contributed to the perilous situation of asylum seekers who left their countries crossing the U.S. Border that divides our country from Mexico.

            The press, child advocates, and members of Congress have reported seeing the children in squalid conditions, including wearing dirty clothes and without access to soap, toothbrushes, or toothpaste.  Young children were being given the responsibility of providing care for toddlers that have been brought into the complex.  The reports also say that the children look malnourished, and act depressed and traumatized. 

            Within this last year, seven children have died while in the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  No child deaths were reported during the previous decade.  Nurses have reported that border agents are ignoring when a child is sick.  

            The buck stops on President Trump’s desk and he should be held accountable for this unacceptable situation.  NFDW members should call their congressional representatives and their local media outlets to voice opposition to this situation.”

Our Time in Albany

Last week we joined other progressive women from across the country for the National Federation of Democratic Women’s (NFDW) annual convention in Albany, New York. The NFDW represents state federation’s interests at the DNC and supports women’s voices throughout the party.

A big surprise was when President Gini Ballou was asked to run for 5th VP on the national executive board. She didn’t win–lost by 28 votes out of 554 cast–so very respectable showing. Especially, since it was only her second time attending the national convention. We were told there were considerations of the board makeup, not just geographical but demographics, that played into the decision. It truly was a big honor for Gini to be encouraged and supported by so many powerful leaders around the country. 

There was a Resolution from the floor, to censure the Idaho Democratic Party until they fully recognize our caucus with voting rights, and asked that the board be comprised of at least 40% women! The amount of attention that the By-Law amendment has and is getting around the country is nothing short of amazing! Remember that women are not a special interest group and deserve a seat at the table and a vote!

We were proud to represent you and the women and voters of Idaho at the convention. We definitely showed them that Democratic women in Idaho do exist.