As you may have noticed, this issue of Best of Boise is lacking the "Public Eye" section that was a standby in years past; we've been making an effort here at Boise Weekly to streamline your reading experience, and that meant cutting and consolidating categories. However, there have been some political goings-on this year that we feel transcend the absence of Public Eye: specifically, the marches and rallies that have filled the City of Trees since the 2016 presidential election. Considering the demonstrations were often both artistic (creative protest signs and "pink pussy" hats, anyone?) and entertaining, this staff pick seemed like the next-best place.
The biggest turnout by far for any demonstration this year was for the January Women's March on Idaho, which brought thousands out into the snow on a march through downtown as part of an international movement to shine a spotlight on the importance of women's rights. Hours later, it was followed by the annual anti-abortion March for Life. The pair kicked off a season of marches and protests in reaction to new and developing government policy.
Also in January, citizens gathered at the Boise Airport to protest Trump's travel ban, and at the Capitol to decry his decision on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines. March brought the Public Lands Rally, where citizens demanded public lands remain public, and April saw the international March for Science on Earth Day and the People's Climate March one week later. In May, Boiseans rallied to support immigrants and to protest AHCA, and just this month hundreds gathered at the Capitol in support of DACA recipients.
It seems public engagement in the City of Trees has never been higher, and we can't help but be proud of the people who have stood up (on both sides of the aisle, or away from it all together) to give voice to their beliefs.