There's a murmur rolling across Idaho this morning. From Twin Falls in the South to Coeur d'Alene in the north people are starting to get restless. The faces are different. The names change from town to town. But the conversations are the same. The target is the same. Their group is the same. And as has happened so much in history in this mildly populated state, the land and nature sets the pace.
The snow melts in the late spring and rivulets appear. Rivulets form creeks which form streams. Streams then merge and flow to create mighty rivers like the Columbia down the west slope of the Continental Divide and the Missouri towards the east.
Scattered like small blocks of Lego's, individuals have been quietly gathering around the state in pockets of one, two or three. A couple of friends share their mutual concerns about the environment over a cup of coffee at the local diner in Parma. Three men talk about the economy in a barber shop in Orofino. A few here and a few there.
The economy. The environment. LGBT rights. The death penalty. Abortion. And more. All of the same issues that are taking their place on the national stage are being put on the table for discussion in Idaho. Topics that people just whispered about 30 years ago are now the subject of protests, marches and actions on court house steps. While the older generation of activists still talk to small groups; younger activists take to the streets. While the older ones organize letter writing campaigns, the younger ones stand in the town square and shout, "Whose democracy is this?" And in Idaho there's room for both.
The statehouse in Boise. Corporate America. Any organization or person that is exploiting people, places and things for their own -- or their cronies -- financial gain. Corrupt politicians in Boise who have sacrificed words such as truth, honor and justice for the sake of staying in office, lining their pockets or both. Laws that stifle the air that free men and women breath and replace it with the putrid stench of legislators selling out the pristine heritage of Idaho to the gas and oil companies; actually colluding with each other to rape the earth just to chase the dollar.
United Vision for Idaho. A coalition of approximately twenty four groups that are as scattered geographically as they are in their causes. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Adrienne Evans though, things are changing. Now, instead of pigeonholing issues and segregating causes, people are seeing that each issue impacts others and in turn is impacted by others. Like an interlocking Chinese puzzle which each part has a place, in Idaho each group has a place, but the groups working together create a sum that is greater than the parts.
On Saturday, June 12th, United Vision for Idaho will hold its second annual celebration of freedoms in Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho. For more information, visit their website, http://www.uvidaho.org/.