About 400 people marched to Idaho's Capitol on a cold, rainy Wednesday in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“This is nonpartisan. This is about everybody. This is about elderly people, students, liberals, conservatives," said OccupyBOI spokesman Tom Kershaw. "It affects and is a part of every American’s life. Everyone wants to be a part of a democracy, and I think the general feeling is that that’s not the case right now. If anything comes of this, that’s what’s going to happen, that’s what’s going to be the case.”
OccupyBOI assembled at the Anne Frank memorial on Eighth Street at around 2:30 p.m. They played instruments, shared food and engaged in discussions about politics and economics. From there, the assembly marched to the Capitol, carrying signs, banging on drums and chanting slogans. At about 4:45 p.m., protesters marched up the Capitol steps, spilled out onto the sidewalks, and proceeded to cheer and chant loudly.
“Boise is a tiny place, relatively speaking, and it says something that this amount of people showed up here in the rain,” said local college student Hillary Dorsey. “This is about having a future. For those of us college-age people, there’s a lot of uncertainty. Are we going to have Social Security? Are we going to have the same opportunities our parents had? Or are these giant corporations going to run our country into the ground? It’s kind of a big what-if right now.”
OccupyBOI started on Facebook last week. It is part of a bigger movement called Occupy Together, which was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Kershaw summed up the purpose behind the movement in four words: “separate politics and money.”
He added: “These people are to a point where they’re not going anywhere until they are heard.”