From the Introduction
In December 2011 while shooting OccupyDC in Washington DC, I met a small, but determined group of Idahoans*. They had traveled a few thousand miles to participate in “Take Back Congress”, the rally sponsored by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Their spirit, their grit and their determination were all appealing and caught my eye. Something about those 8 people from a non-descript state tucked into the northwestern United States coming to Washington D.C. to speak out resonated with me. It was a David vs Goliath story or maybe the latest ‘Rocky” movie where the underdog overcomes challenges and obstacles to reach victory. Whatever it was, I wanted to learn more.
Months of talking with Adrienne Evans, Executive Director for United Vision for Idaho led to an invitation to come visit Idaho and see first hand what was going on in the state around social justice issues; collect stories of people impacted by the sea lane changes in our country and offer up whatever talents and skills I had to help get those stories out.
This book is the result of that visit and is dedicated to those 8 hearty souls that didn’t know what they were doing couldn’t be done.
About the front photo
Notus, Idaho is a small town of a few hundred thirty eight miles west of Boise on Interstate 84. Pronounced NOTE-US, or NOTICE, it seemed to be an apt description of the purpose of my visit during the summer of 2012.
Idaho is typically a place on the map that people fly over to get from coast to coast. The national stereotype of Idaho is different than what a person sees who has “boots on the ground” and being solidly in the ‘red’ corner politically, the work of many people who are struggling against the weight of inefficient and corrupt government as well as the monied interests of corporations goes, well, un-noticed.
So get a cup of coffee, lean back and join me as we both help the country — and the world — NOTUS, Idaho!
*The Idaho contingency was made up of Ed Vining, Carolyn Faila, Brian Bateman, Dax Chizum, KC Hunt, Daniel Wolf, Kassondra Metas and Adrienne Evans
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