Reaching Out and Connecting with Idahoans
Our team put on some miles in August. In the early part of the month, we spent the weekend at the Harmonica Festival in Yellow Pine on the border of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area.
Despite a normal summer population of 50 people, this outpost draws hundreds of music fans to its festival every year to listen to world-renowned musicians jam throughout the weekend.
Our crew set up a booth at the festival and the interest and support received for crime victims’ rights were overwhelming. What’s more important is getting out and connecting with people who live in rural communities like Yellow Pine, and meeting people from across the state who attended.
Last week we set up shop at the Western Idaho State Fair in Garden City. The crowds were big. The excitement was high. And we did our part to make put crime victims’ rights in the spotlight. We spoke with victims, law enforcement, community activists, and voters about Marsy’s Law for Idaho and what we’re trying to accomplish.
We learned a lot by engaging last week, including hearing some serious stories to share with our supporters. We encouraged everyone to reach out to state lawmakers in the coming months and express support for our mission and realizing equal rights for crime victims.
Both events were fun. There will be more in the coming months. But we’re always reminded when we hear troubling stories from victims that we have more work to do to deliver crime victims the rights they deserve here in Idaho.