Leo Morales is the interim executive director of the ACLU of Idaho and a longtime immigration and social justice activist in Idaho. He studied political science at Boise State, where he first got involved in politics. Morales worked previously as an organizer at the Idaho Community Action Network, advocating for racial justice and impoverished communities across the state. He joined the ACLU in 2011.

Leo Morales

Age: 36 #politcalanimal is a feature of the TBR 5 Midterm Election issue. For an overview, see Miller.
Occupation: ACLU-Idaho interim executive director
Education: Political science, Boise State University

What moment led you to become politically aware and/or politically active?

Growing up as a farm worker child and making the connection in Jr. High that some things were not adding up was perhaps my wake up call. I realized that to improve wages and labor practices, I needed to become more vocal and involved, so I did.

What/who were your influences?

My parents have always been influential in keeping me grounded. One of my personal historical heroes is Frederick Douglass.

Why do you STAY involved?

I stay involved because I believe in social responsibility; that we all can do something to improve the situation of other people, whether that’s someone who is houseless in Boise, a child or parent crossing the southern border, equal rights for women/LGBT community members, or pushing governments worldwide to protect human rights and dignity of all people.

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The views and opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Boise State University, the Center for Idaho History and Politics, or the School of Public Service.

  • Mark Syman

    It is tragic that Leo Morales gave up the faith of his parents.