Idaho State House
Idaho State House
End Idaho's Plan to Kill 90% of its Wolf Population
On April 21st, 2021, the Idaho State Senate approved a bill allowing up to 90% of its native wolf population to be killed, and in early May, the bill was officially approved by governor Brad Little. “These wolves, there’s too many in the state of Idaho now..." Says Republican Senator Mark Harris. There are over 1,500 wolves living in Idaho, and over 500 of them have already been killed by hunters in the past 2 years. Senators such as Mark Harris claim that this is too high of a number, whilst ignoring the real threat to these wolves - human invasions of their natural territory, and the failure of the state to maintain its wolf population: destruction of the wolves' food sources, environment, and the neglect of their wild population. Senate also claims that the wolves are destroying wildlife, when in fact wolves are vital to maintaining a thriving ecosystem. Wolves are the states' apex predators, and without them, prey that the wolves would've otherwise helped balance out will become overpopulated and invasive. Pest populations such as those of coyotes and foxes go almost entirely unchecked without wolves, and prey animals such as deer and elk can destroy entire ecosystems when they become overpopulated. The real purpose of this bill is to defend one group of people in particular: ranchers. Wolves pose a threat to ranchers, as they are drawn to hunting their livestock. However, as other states and countries have proved, it is possible for these two groups to live in harmony with one another, without the need for senseless genocide of one of nature's most important and beautiful creatures. Wolf capture and rerelease programs are also an option, and well within the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control's budget, yet they choose to hire private contractors to senselessly kill hundreds of the creatures instead. Not only will hunters be permitted free, unregulated reign to kill as many of these wolves as they can, but they will be allowed to do so via inhumane methods such as with traps, snares, and more. The bill has officially been signed and will go into effect in the coming months - unless we do something about it. Help protect wolves and end the United State's War on Wolves. Humans are living in wolf territory, not the other way around. The gruesome slaughter of wolves and the banishment of them from lands they have lived on for thousands of years must end. Help put gray wolves back on the endangered species list and end Idaho's gruesome plan. - IDAHO RESIDENTS ONLY: Call on your Idaho Governor and demand the House REVOKE (SB)1211! https://gov.idaho.gov/contact-us/ | 208-334-2100 by phone
We Need Signatures To Protect Idaho’s Wolves!
The Idaho House on Tuesday approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors and expand methods to kill wolves roaming Idaho — a measure that could cut the wolf population by 90%. Lawmakers voted 58-11 to send the agriculture industry-backed bill to Republican Gov. Brad Little. The fast-tracked bill that allows the use of night-vision equipment to kill wolves as well as hunting from snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, among other measures, passed the Senate last week. Backers said changes to Idaho law could help reduce the wolf population from about 1,500 to 150, alleviating wolf attacks on cattle, sheep and wildlife. Opponents said the legislation threatens a 2002 wolf management plan involving the federal government that could ultimately lead to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking back control of managing the state’s wolves. Killing 90% of the Idaho’s wolf population is not the answer
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!
Legalize Medical Marijuana in Idaho
In this past year, I’ve been diagnosed with a painful form of inflammatory arthritis. Every day it’s a battle to control the pain and live a normal life. Every month, I see a wonderful PA who treats and manages my pain with opioids. They, in that single office, have probably hundreds of patients. How many of these types of doctors exist in Idaho? This is a huge struggle for those of us managing pain everyday. In Idaho, we literally have one option. ONE SINGLE OPTION that comes with many side effects and a horrible chemical dependency. Opioids are it for us. That’s all we’ve got here in Idaho. Why can’t we as Idahoans choose what is best for our health? Why do you politicians make it political or include your religious beliefs in this decision? Would it not make more sense for everyone to have a natural alternative that is PROVEN to work and get patients OFF OPIOIDS?! What is really more harmful to our society? I wish to live in a state that gives me a choice to decide how to best manage my pain. I’m tired of the chemical dependency and thinking of the damage these drugs are doing to my internal organs is frightening. There are other options for us. PLEASE, stop making that choice for us. To everyone else who’s voting against these propositions, shame on you. Your ignorance is making the lives of people who suffer with pain even worse. We aren’t wanting to get “high”. We want a choice in our medical treatment. How many more deaths will it take for you to do something?
Eliminate Plea Agreements for Sex Crimes Against Children
Sex Crimes Against Children are at a 30 Year High in Idaho. Sadly, the majority of those convicted of these crimes go free on probation with plea agreements and return to communities to re-offend. Leniency and plea agreements given to offenders of child sex crimes is a war being waged against Idaho’s children. We are not protecting minor victims of sexual abuse by allowing offenders to take plea agreements and go free on probation.Changing Idaho’s laws to include mandatory prison sentences with rehabilitation for child predators decreases sex crimes against our children. Mandating prison sentences that include rehabilitation will decrease future recidivism and protect children from repeat offenders.Act Now and Demand Justice!-by signing this petition to eliminate lenient plea agreements for sex crimes against children, and change State laws to make mandatory prison sentences for offenders of child sex crimes.
Protect Idaho's Breastfeeding Moms!
Idaho is the only state left without laws in place to protect breastfeeding mothers. The only law Idaho currently has pertains to jury duty exemption only. In other states, breastfeeding is exempt from public nudity laws and a mother has a right to breastfeed her baby wherever the law permits her to be. There are also laws, in other states, that require employers to allow breastfeeding mothers appropriate, necessary and ample time to pump in order to maintain their milk supply while away from their child. Idaho has no law in place to provide a mother the ability to breastfeed anytime, anywhere their child is hungry and Idaho has no law in place to protect working breastfeeding mothers from termination when needing to pump for their child during work hours. Idaho has comparatively high breastfeeding rates as one statistic reported that 90% of Idaho mothers have breastfed at one point or another. Although statistics show that mothers are choosing to breastfeed initially upon birth of their child, the lack of support through Idaho law makes it increasingly difficult for a mother to maintain breastfeeding AND be protected while doing so. This petition is intended to bring attention to this unfortunate lack in support for breastfeeding mothers and show Idaho lawmakers that breastfeeding mothers deserve to have their rights protected.
U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW
The Earth has been around for almost 5 billion years, with us modern humans evolving only about 200,000 years ago. In the 0.004% of our planet's total lifetime that we have been around for, we have managed to rip up around 46% of the trees worldwide in our luscious forests, pollute our majestic oceans and the almost-extinct coral reefs, and drive countless species to extinction. In fact, before the evolution of humans, less than 1 species per million went extinct annually; today, a devastating rate of 100-1,000 species per million are lost every year. We are destroying our planet faster than we can process the changes. These deaths are directly linked to habitat destruction by the hands of humans and climate change. According to the International Panel on Climate Change, "To keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by 45% by 2030." Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Climate Institute, states that the climate may become irreparable if we don't reduce carbon dioxide emmisions in the next 18 months. We must act now, if we have any hope of preserving this planet for future generations to come. Our climate is in a crisis. The U.S. federal government, one of the largest and most influential democratic governments in the world, must declare a climate crisis IMMEDIATELY. Chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, Tanya Steele puts it clearly: "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it." Sign this petition to stand alongside us, and our planet. We are the ones who must save our Earth. The time is now! Cover photo by NASA
Remove the Idaho Mural Depicting a Lynching of a Native American
A law school and a former courthouse represent the lifeblood of justice. A mural in the old Ada Courthouse and soon-to-be campus for the University of Idaho's "Law Learning Center" depicts the horrific lynching of a native American. It is not only not true to regional history, but is grossly insensitive and offensive. In 1964, United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart was one of the Justices called to decide whether a particular piece of pornography was protected speech or not. He said, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that." There are hallmarks of the past which carry with them far more emotionally damaging, harmful and insulting images than were seen by those Justices weighing pornography. A swastika, a relic of the holocaust or certain depictions of Adolf Hitler likely carry with it the need to weigh its obscenity or appropriateness. The same goes for a noose or the burning cross of a Klansman. The torture and genocide of Native Americans certainly has become something that has finally become something our nation scrutinizes such that even the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently cancelled the federal registrations for the NFL’s “Redskins” trademarks. The depiction of the actual lynching of a race of people who were so callously stereotyped to justify their pillage, rape and slaughter is not justice. Justice is weighed by a jury of one's peers. That is what these students will learn. Not one will face a noose or even suspension without due process. Let's free this nameless native American from the lynching by destruction of this mural. If someone wants it saved, let them purchase the removal.