Power to the Boise Occupiers

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As the Occupy Boise movement moves into its second full week of encampment on the lawn in front of the Old Ada County Courthouse, passersby have plenty of questions about the initiative's motivation and objectives. Some of the curious have more basic questions about things like food and sanitation. Today Citydesk asked where Occupiers are getting their electricity (though it appeared to be quite limited).

"We're hooked up to an outlet on the east side of the building," said Gene Bray, electrical engineer and supporter of the Occupy movement. "That's part of the agreement we have with the Department of Administration and the building's manager."

Bray said a series of 100-foot-long extension cords lead to some circuit-breaker power strips, allowing some of the Occupiers to power up their laptops.

"We also keep a halogen light on the American flag," said Bray, who was busy hooking up a low-power light to the Occupy kitchen tent.

"I drove by here the other night and they were cooking in the dark," said Brady. "We can't have that."

A series of extension cords hook up to an outside outlet at the Old Ada County Courthouse
  • George Prentice
  • A series of extension cords hook up to an outside outlet at the Old Ada County Courthouse