by April Foster
A crowd of about 125 Occupy Boise protesters gathered at the Anne Frank Memorial Monday afternoon to begin a march on bailed-out banks, including Bank of America, Chase Bank and US Bank. The march also celebrated the two-month anniversary of the first Occupy Boise march, and the one-month anniversary of the group’s encampment.
“The point of this march is to call the banks out on their malfeasance over the entire crisis," said Daniel Grad. "Specifically, the subprime mortgages, the bundlings, illegal foreclosures, robo-signing, the TARP bailout and the $7.7 trillion that they got without our consent.”
“Our main reason today is to celebrate our two-month anniversary for marches and our one-month anniversary for encampment,” said Occupier Marley Diaz. “We also want to bring attention to the banks that got bailed out.”
Protesters marched in pairs along the downtown sidewalks, with chants of “hey hey, ho ho, get Wall Street out of Idaho,” “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” and “The people united will never be defeated.”
Occupiers taped signs to the bank’s doors that warned, “Bank Owned Property — Keep Out!” with a list of grievances and issues.
After stopping by the banks, protesters made their way to the encampment to share food and revel in the anniversaries.
“We got together two months ago and we have seen so much response from the community and from everybody within the movement itself,” said Grad. “As far as the camp goes, I’m very proud we made it one month. We have a place where people can talk and start discussing the political issues in our society at a reasonable level.”
The attendance at this march was noticeably smaller than at previous evening marches. CityDesk estimated 400 marchers at the first event, and 500 at the second. This protest was estimated at 125.
“We’re still here,” said Diaz. “Even though we might be dwindling in numbers, there are a lot of supporters. I think a lot of it has to do with weather.”
“I think that the dwindling numbers could be attributed to the lack of organization, something that we’re working on heavily now,” noted Grad.