While a bill to ban camping on the Capitol Mall passed through the Idaho House State Affairs Committee this morning, Occupy Boise preened their encampment in anticipation of what they hope will be visits from lawmakers this afternoon. Occupiers extended the invitation, complete with refreshments, in response to HB 404, which is now headed to the House floor.
If the bill is signed into law, the political movement cum commune may face eviction within seven days of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's signature. In spite of that, the Occupiers remain optimistic.
"Most people who have been involved with the system for a while know that what happens over there is a play," said Sage Premoe, an Occupy Boise member, gesturing to the Capitol building. "That's just drama, but people that are new to it maybe see that and get a little bit of hope, and then get crushed down."
Premoe said that following this morning's 13-5 House committee vote, the members of Occupy were all briefed on the status of the law. In anticipation of the possible change, Occupiers scheduled a general assembly meeting for this evening.
"This movement won't end," added Premoe. "We'll be here even when that falls. We're trying to figure out a new way to live, unilaterally and without authoritarian power."