Idahoans are overwhelmingly opposed to State Superintendent Tom Luna’s attacks on teachers, yet the Idaho House has passed the first of three bills in the Luna Plan.
Join us as we stand up for children, for educators, for good Idaho jobs, and for strong Idaho schools! Many educators will be wearing black. Parents, students, and fellow union members are especially invited and encouraged to stand with us.
This list of events (alphabetical by location) will be updated frequently. Check back for more events near you.
Blackfoot – After-school rally on March 9 at Cammack Park, Meridian and Bridge streets.
Blaine County – Human Chain on Main events are set for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 9 along North Main Street in Hailey and at the Four Corners light at Main Street and Sun Valley Road in Ketchum. Wear black to protest the Luna bills and H197 (the stabilization cap bill).
Boise – March 4: Black Friday Day of Mourning for loss of collective bargaining rights. March 5: “Put Your Game Face On” Tailgate Party at the IEA parking lot, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., then fan out to wave signs and leaflet at targeted sites district-wide. There's also a student-led rally against “Students Come First” at the Capitol at noon. March 8: Sign waving and picketing before and after school, District 18 Legislative Town Hall Meeting, 7 p.m. at Timberline High School. March 9: Picketing at the Capitol, human chain at 4:30, Capitol Park rally at 5:30. Educators from Boise, Caldwell, Kuna, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, Vallivue, and across the Treasure Valley plan to attend.
Buhl – A gathering is set for 3:30 p.m. March 9 outside the school district office at the Four Corners downtown.
Cassia County – A human chain will surround the schools in Cassia County after school.
Coeur d’Alene – Wear black on Fridays. Come to the Solidarity Saturday potluck, 12 to 3 p.m. March 5 at the Harding Family Center, 411 N. 15th St. Families welcome. Bring a side dish to share and pro-education signs. RSVP by Friday by calling (208) 667-1502 or (800) 422-0491.
Driggs – March 9 Rally in front of Broulim's on Main Street, 4 to 6 p.m.
Filer – Black Friday silent protest on March 4. Dress in black and join in on the sidewalks outside school during morning drive time.
Gem County – Teachers will be visible outside schools in the district before and after school March 7 and March 8, delivering messages of support to their colleagues.
Grace – Wear black. Rally planned for March 9 in the center of town.
Idaho Falls – Educators from Districts 91 and 93 and other area union members will rally and march from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 9. Meet at the ShopKo parking lot on 17th Street.
Kimberly – A human chain will surround the schools in Kimberly before school on Wednesday
Lewiston – March 4: Wear black in support of student-led activity to “Kill the Bill,” plus informational picketing 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the cormer of 21st Street and 19th Avenue. March 5: Hands Across the River, noon on the Interstate and Southway bridges. Join hands with Lewiston and Clarkston education employees in unified opposition to Tom Luna’s harmful education plans. March 7: Informational picketing, 7 to 8 a.m. 21st St and 19th Ave. March 9: Just Say No to the Luna Plan Rally, 5 to 7 p.m., Locomotive Park.
Meridian – March 5: Solidarity Rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meridian Education Association office, 1406 N. Main St., Suite 107. Make signs, write postcards to lawmakers, and eat lunch from 11 to noon, then wave signs and speak with people out shopping to raise awareness and collect messages against the Luna plan.
Moscow – More than 70 Moscow High School students staged a chaperoned sleep-in at the school Thursday night, March 3-4, to protest the Luna plan. March 5: Meet at the U of I student union between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to write postcards, carry signs, etc. March 7: Picketing 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Gritman Triangle Park. March 9: Meet at Palouse Center Mall crosslight area from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for sign waving. Wear black on Fridays.
Nampa – Signs and leafleting at the Idaho Center during the State Basketball tournament from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, plus sign-waving at the corner of Karcher Road and Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Pocatello – There's a rally at the old Fred Meyer at the corner of Alameda and Yellowstone from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9. Participants will walk north on Yellowstone to Costco at Yellowstone and Flandro and circle back to Alameda and Yellowstone. Come when you can. Wear black.
Post Falls – Join in for sign-waving at the corner of Spokane Street and Seltice Way at 4 p.m. March 9.
Richfield – Richfield teachers invite the community to a wiener roast and bake sale from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at City Park. Donations will go to textbooks. Come get a “recipe for strong public education” and watch for opportunities to sign a letter of no confidence in Superintendent Luna.
Twin Falls – Human chains are planned around the schools after school on March 9.
In addition to these activities, many educators statewide will be “working to the contract” this week. This means they will arrive and depart at the times specified in their contract, rather than coming in early or staying late as many educators routinely do. Of course, that likely means they'll bring extra homework home and work later at night than usual.