Workers, Students and Voters Occupy Boise


Roughly 20 people, warmly dressed and forming small discussion groups, stood among the camp at the Boise arm of the "occupy" movement Monday evening.

One camper, Richard Figinski, clutched one of numerous lattes donated by the District Coffee House on Fifth Street, four blocks from the encampment. Figinski works in Meridian, lives in Boise, and last night marked his first evening at the old Ada County Courthouse.

"I work 20 hours a week and I'm taking 17 credits," he said. "But I'm camping when I can."

After a quick shower and his Tuesday classes, Figinski plans to vote in today's (Nov. 8) local elections.

Daniel Grad is a recent addition to the group. He recently got a job working downtown. He hopes to put in 35 to 40 hours a week, but when he's not working, he'll be back at the camp.

"I'm going to be bringing down a six-man tent [Tuesday], but I'll be leaving to go to work downtown," he said. "I need a job if I want to be a part of this."

While Boise Weekly spoke with Grad, Boise State student and occupier Travis Cahill rode up on his bike. He mentioned he was looking to spend the night, and Grad offered space in his tent.

"The nights I can float it and I don't have school super early in the morning, I'll be here," said Cahill. He works 15 to 20 hours a week, and is taking 13 credits.

As of yet, there is no official Occupy Boise effort to get out the vote, but all three men agreed they'd find time today in their busy schedules to cast their ballots.