This week marks the 10th anniversary of one of our state's most dedicated progressive organizations, United Vision for Idaho. The group started with a conference on October 22, 1995, after 14 nonprofits and advocacy groups from around the state noticed a disturbing trend. "We were fighting each other," recalls program director Roger Sherman. "It was an issue of building trust among organizations who consider themselves progressive, but view each other suspiciously." Today, the organization links groups ranging from the Idaho Conservation League to Church Women United, and has brought issues like campaign finance reform, migrant labor minimum wage and protecting Social Security to audiences that would have otherwise had little say. United Vision was rewarded last month for its effort recently by receiving one of 17 national "Leadership for a Changing World" awards, which will contribute over $100,000 to the group's causes over the next two years.
"It's a nice feather in our cap for the 10th anniversary," Sherman said. "A lot of groups have parts of what we do, but very few have put it all together."
United Vision's birthday party will take place on October 22 at the Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St. in Boise. The event will include auctions, a progressive family feud quiz, and in Sherman's words, "Plenty of drinking and carousing." Visit www.uvidaho.org for tickets and more info.