Letter From Our New Executive Director Irene Ruiz

Dear Idaho Organization of Resource Councils members and supporters, My name is Irene Ruiz, IORC’s new Executive Director. I am pleased to be able to take on this amazing opportunity with a great organization that has worked towards grassroots organizing … Continued

Idaho Legislature: More of the Same Old Story

The second session of the 66th Idaho Legislature wrapped up on March 31.  The theme of this session was more of the same old story we have seen year in and year out.  In many ways, this session seemed unspectacular … Continued

Part One: The Origins of Project Milpa

Food access is a cornerstone social justice issue of our lifetime. In 2020 IORC organizers Irene Ruiz and Samantha Guerrero helped create The Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance to bring emergency aid to the Idaho Farmworker and immigrant community. These communities … Continued

Farm workers

OSHA Rules on Heat & Smoke

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is initiating rulemaking to protect outdoor and indoor workers from hazardous heat exposure.  We ask that you voice your support for federal outdoor and indoor hazardous heat exposure standards by clicking here . … Continued

IORC is Setting its Sights on Climate & Energy

Community organizers talk to a lot of people.  That is the nature of direct one-on-one organizing.  We have the privilege to hear a lot of what motivates people, what issues are important to them, and what worries them.  The one … Continued

April Recap: Bad Bills

The 2021 Idaho Legislative Session has kept Idaho Organization of Resource Councils members busy fighting a flurry of harmful bills. Two such bills, SB1110 and HB239, passed both chambers and were signed into law by Governor Little. Below are IORC’s … Continued

Statement on HB 239: Phosphogypsum

Idaho Organization of Resource Councils (IORC) has strong and urgent concerns regarding Governor Little’s decision to sign House Bill 239 into law.