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December 16, 2021

Idaho Coalition’s 2021 Year in Review

We are living in a time of prolonged chaos, deeply impacting all our communities. Survivors of domestic violence are experiencing more severe forms of violence, mental health impacts and more. Advocates are experiencing fatigue and burnout from engaging in crisis work during a prolonged crisis.

The attached Idaho Coalition’s 2021 Annual Report encourages us to find ways forward where we can all thrive. We need to take measures to pivot toward collective thriving. We need to take care of ourselves and each other. If we are to pivot toward collective thriving, we need to make choices every day to support that pivot. The rhythm and pace of our world is not sustainable.

We are holding the paradox that we are committed to finding a more sustainable pace and we are committed to ending gender violence interconnected to and sustained by systemic oppression. As we move into 2022, we want to find ways to honor both commitments. So, as we share highlights from this past year, know that we will be in conversations with all of you about what is really needed for you and your advocacy alongside of survivors and what can we let go of.

In 2021, the Idaho Coalition collaborated with many programs through grants to provide advocacy and services to more than 80 teen victims of dating violence, civil legal assistance to more than 50 survivors of sexual assault, including Jane Doe who was sexually assaulted by former Rep. von Ehlinger, and the provision of over $45,000 of transitional housing support to survivors in your communities.

Throughout the year, the Idaho Coalition provided virtual learning opportunities on issues related to gender violence and oppression, including but not limited to Enhancing Safety: Stalking Prevention Awareness Resource Center and Wellness & Self-Care for Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocates. Several COVID-related topics for program members were offered, including Gender-based Violence During National Disasters and a Women’s Health Panel Discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated pre-existing racial health disparities for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. In September, advocates joined the Restoring Ourselves gathering to learn deep listening tools, healing storytelling, journal writing techniques, and explore the healing power of community. And in October, the Idaho Coalition provided support to Coeur d’Alene Tribe STOP Violence Program’s Next Steps Conference on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples.

We are grateful for the ways we have been able to connect with all of you during this prolonged chaos – whether it has been virtually through learning opportunities, monthly meetings, the newsletter, collaboration on a grant, or any of the ways we have been able to support survivors and advocates. Our connection and relationships with all of you is essential, and we are so grateful that we will be able to meet in person next year.

We wish all of you holidays filled with joy and rest.

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Kelly Miller

Indigenous New Year Reflections

Indigenous New Year Reflections

This is the time of year when we each face a storm of holiday gifts, parties, gatherings, shopping, and so much more. It could easily be construed as one of the most fast-paced times of year.

Not for all of us, though. Across Indigenous communities we move to our slowest pace. We watch the sun at its lowest point in the sky, making a short stride during the day and gifting us the longest night across the Northern Hemisphere. Many of our tribal communities celebrate this time as Indigenous or Ndn New Year (pronounced colloquially as “indin”). Cosmologically this is the winter solstice. This natural law and slow pace of nature during the winter allows us to reflect on the interconnectedness of things, a time for ceremony and community. A few years ago, I spent time in my community’s Longhouse to celebrate the Ndn New Year, enjoying our old songs, dancing, and eating first foods. That evening stuck with me since I am not often with my people this time of year. It stuck with me as a simple night, a break from the onslaught of technology, bright lights, and noise of our contemporary times. It stuck with me as a time to ground, literally and figuratively, on the land of my ancestors. I sang loud and prayed hard. I danced even harder. It was in this celebration, during this period of darkness where I found deep intention and care for my spiritual self, body, and mind as well prayer for the wellness of my loved ones.

Sarah Sunshine Manning writes “the winter solstice is a special time for those who honor and acknowledge the patterns of our natural world. Its acknowledgement is a decolonial act for Indigenous People.” As such, I encourage each of you to celebrate the solstice with me and my people.

  1. Take the day off work or just slow down and rest.
  2. Cook and share a healthy, comforting meal with loved ones.
  3. Reflect on the past year.
  4. Give thanks for all of your blessings. Offer medicine to the land.
  5. Clean and honor your living space by decluttering.
  6. Show care and appreciation to your loved ones.
  7. Create, craft, or exercise your imagination.
  8. Drink natural and medicinal teas with intention and reflection.
  9. Practice self-care rituals for self and others.
  10. Hold a personal or small community ceremony in your home to reflect and set intentions.
  11. Pay attention to the sun during the day. Drink her in with deep, reflective breaths.
  12. Light a fire or a candle.
  13. Set intentions for the longer days ahead.

Ndn New Year is a time for replenishment and rest, remembrance, and compassion. Take this time to ground and re-energize. Doing so is a revolutionary act.

Sending you warmth and solidarity.

‘éey’snin kímti ‘inmíiwit / Eey’switnim ‘ee hiwyetwenu

happy new year / peace be with you


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Tai Simpson

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  • Storytelling
  • Anti-Oppression Education
  • MMIP Knowledge

Virtual Water Cooler for Advocates

Virtual Water Cooler Gathering for Idaho DV/SA Advocates

2021 has been rough for all of us. So much has changed and it seems like the opportunities to connect with each other are few and far in between. Before COVID we could all gather in the breakroom and talk about our tv shows, our families, or just joke with our best work friends but with social distancing these opportunities became fewer and fewer.

I miss those conversations and I want to bring them back so I would like to invite you to come hang out with me on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm MT for a no-agenda hang out. I will have some prompts for conversation but would love to just see where the conversation goes. I would like to make this a weekly opportunity for connection so I will plan to be in our Zoom room every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00. Drop in if you can and stay as long as you would like.

Let’s create this space together and turn this time into something meaningful that we all look forward to every week. I am excited to see where this takes us and really looking forward to getting to know you all better!

Join me here!

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Kailey Carter-Zitterkopf

Three Things to reach out to me for:

  • Finance Questions
  • Program Related Questions
  • Civil Legal Remedies for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Idaho Coalition Office Closure

The Idaho Coalition will close the office for the week of December 27-31, 2021 to give our staff time to rest and replenish before the upcoming year.

Training & Events

Professional Leadership & Advancement Network (PLAN)green background with white font saying professional leadership & advancement network plan | January – March 2022

Futures Without Violence’s Supporting Organizational Sustainability Institute (SOS Institute), invites executive directors of domestic and sexual violence organizations to participate in the Professional Leadership & Advancement Network (PLAN) Program. PLAN is an eight-week course to support leaders in their role to effectively manage, lead, and strengthen their organization’s infrastructure and culture, in order to advance their mission.

This hybrid education series will include a blend of live and self-paced sessions, group and individual activities, peer exchange and mentoring, one-on-one technical assistance, and implementation planning. PLAN is an opportunity to engage with other survivor-serving organizations across the country and foster leadership skills rooted in the values of the anti-violence movement.

Who is Invited to Attend?

Executive directors of OVW grantee and subgrantee organizations, grant partners, past participants of the SOS Institute, and potential OVW grantees. Participation will be limited to 40 executive directors and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will prioritize applications for organizations working with underserved communities or struggling with a variety of organizational development challenges. Applicants must certify that they can attend all sessions and fully participate in the self-paced work.

Learn More and Apply for PLAN 2022 Here!

Application Deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021. All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application no later than December 17, 2021. For any assistance or questions, please contact Abby Larson at

Beyond Diversity & Bias Training: Building Intersectional Race Equity
February 2, 2022 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Facilitated by Fiona Kanagasingam, Co-Founder, BIPoC Project, this session is for Human Resources teams, hiring managers, and decision-makers seeking to transform hiring authentically without tokenizing.

Organizations often begin their equity journeys with enhanced hiring, yet struggle with how to fully embed equity not just diversity in the process, how to build systems of accountability that translate intent to action, and how to transform hiring authentically without tokenizing historically marginalized candidates and staff. Register here!

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