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"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."
-Madeleine Albright, first female Secretary of State

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Human Rights Day Celebrations
On Sunday, January 20th, the College of Idaho kick off the celebration with a Solidarity Candle Light March through downtown Caldwell to the Langroise Center for the Performing Arts on the campus. The theme for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day was "Resourceful, Responsible, and Reflective, A Day of Recognition." Members of the community joined with students to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. the backgrounds and beliefs to march in a resourceful, responsible, and reflective way to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. I was honored to present the keynote address for the event.

The celebrations continued on Monday, with a march from the Boise State Student Union Building and a rally on the steps of the Capitol.The State's commemoration included the trumpet fanfares, a proclamation by Governor Brad Little, and a delightful musical performance by Mariachi Juvenil de mi Tierra. Palina Louangketh, an Idahoan originally from Laos was the keynote speaker who used her experiences as a refugee from Laos to advocate for and give hope to her community as well as others, She founded the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora, which will serve to share the lives of people displaced from their home of origin.These events brought together individuals from many cultures, perspectives, and experiences to showcase how great we can be when we come together in unity.

Lobby Day
This week, individuals from across the state and city converged on the Capitol to share their concerns about issues of importance on Lobby Day. Representatives from Add the Words, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU personally and thoughtfully brought their message to legislators throughout the Capitol asking for enactment of legislation with would grant equity to marginalized communities.

Chelsea Gaona Lincoln, Chairperson of Add the Words Idaho, shared, "Martin Luther King Day is an opportunity to honor a great man and reflect on his contributions and ripple effects that still impact our communities. During much of his lifetime, Dr. King was not celebrated, his work was not commended. It was met with hostility and resistance. In retrospect, it is difficult for us to envision that time - when it was legal to treat human beings so horrifically- based only on the color of their skin. Community advocates are eager for that day, when it will be unthinkable to discriminate because of a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Some 50 people, took to the Capitol to discuss the importance of updating the Idaho Human Rights Act. I do not take this work lightly. Not only the equality but the equity of all Idahoans is critical to the success of our State and I will continue to battle for these rights to be given."

Marsy's Law is Right for Idaho
Marsy's Law is a law that provides equal rights to crime victims. Recently, I wrote a guest opinion for the Idaho Press stating my support. In that article I wrote, Throughout my professional career and as a state legislator, I've purposefully worked and advocated for positive change on behalf of all parties involved in the justice system in Idaho. Whether it's serving on the Public Defense Reform and Justice Reinvestment committees or supporting the work of numerous non-profits, including the Women's and Children's Alliance, it is abundantly clear that we can and must do more in support of victims of crime. Victims deserve safety, respect, support and empowerment as they navigate the justice system. It is critical that they are not re-victimized by the system from which they seek justice. There are far too many Idahoans who have been victims of crime: assault, unfathomable violence, abuse or worse. The resulting trauma and suffering can last a lifetime, or worse result in suicide.You can read the full article here.

Government Shutdown
We learned today that the government is putting the shutdown on hold for a period of three weeks as negotiations continue. While this can be perceived as good news, some 6000 Idahoans are still facing debt, food insecurity, expenses of all kinds, and all the impacts attendant to the loss of yet another paycheck. It breaks my heart to see friends, neighbors and loved ones struggling through this totally avoidable situation. I am holding the people of our state, as well as the nation, in my heart. Let's continue to do anything we can to support friends neighbors, families and yes, strangers with any resources at our disposal. It's not over yet!

Reminder - Albertsons is granting customers the opportunity to donate to the Idaho FoodBank as they checkout until January 30th. At the checkout counter, simply will hit the option to donate and the money will go directly to the Idaho FoodBank. You can also donate to the Idaho FoodBank here. Thanks neighbors and thanks Albertsons!

STEM Event
This week the Idaho STEM Action Center visited the Capitol for their fourth annual STEM Matters event. This event included students of all ages, organizations, and companies that are helping grow STEM education in Idaho. There were all sorts of children running around to learn about various topics and look at the rocket (yes, rocket) that was displayed. Events like this help highlight the importance and power of STEM education. - and the children had a ball.

State Boards & Commissions
Want to put your talents and skills to good use and become more involved in our state government? Apply for appointment on a Idaho State board of commission. There are many positions available,the need is great and the satisfaction of contributing part is considerable. Citizen representation is a necessary requirement in order for boards to meet their statutory obligations. There is a wide range of areas areas for your consideration: Idaho Potato Commission, Bingo-Raffle Advisory Board, State Soil & Water Conservation Commission, and many more. Take the opportunity to investigate the opportunities, by checking the website, then following the easy application process at https://gov.idaho.gov/appointments/

Education Week
Much appreciation for updates, displays, and presentations from the institutions of higher education this week. Thanks to:

President Dr. Bert Glandon
President Dr. Jeff Fox
President Dr. Rick MacLennan
President Dr. Rick Aman
President Dr. Cynthia Pemberton
President Kevin D. Satterlee
President Dr. Chuck Staben

College of Western Idaho
College of Southern Idaho
North Idaho College
College of Eastern Idaho
Lewis-Clark State College
Idaho State University
University of Idaho

Interim President Dr. Martin Schimpf, Boise State University, will meet with Senate and House Education Committees in early February.

News You Can Use:
Dems Under the Dome January 31st at Boise Art Glass
Join the Democratic legislators and me at Dems Under the Dome next Thursday, January 31st at Boise Art Glass from 6-9 PM. Learn how to blow your own glass ornament, or just come say hello and get to know Idaho Dems. Don't miss Rep. Muffy Davis's keynote speech on how she went from being a member of the U.S. Jr. Olympic Ski Team, to a Gold Medalist Paralympian, to a member of the Idaho House of Representatives! I can't wait to see you there. Get your tickets here.

District 19 Forums

Your District 19 Representatives are hosting forums throughout February in order to hear from you. These will be held on the following Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. We would love for you to attend!

  • February 5, 2019 at Hidden Springs Elementary School
  • February 19, 2019 at Shadow Hills Elementary School

Committee Assignments
This session I am sitting on the following Senate-Standing committees: Education, State Affairs, and Transportation. You are always able to live stream committee meetings or read about what took place by accessing the online site at http://idahoptv.org/insession/leg.cfm.

Here to Serve You
My goal is to address the immediate needs of District 19 while working strategically toward long term solutions. It is my honor to serve you in the Idaho State Senate. Know that your letters, emails, texts, and calls are invaluable. I appreciate hearing what is most important to you and your family.

You can reach me at (208) 332-1339 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cherie

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