“Spill baby spill.” “BP lies, the gulf dies.” “Don’t let BP buy a judge.”
These statements, painted onto brightly colored picket signs, were carried by a group of six activists this morning traveling from the Greenbelt to the James A. McClure Federal Building. The Anti-BP Mob, composed of Idaho Falls and Boise residents, marched through downtown to speak out against BP’s efforts to get a single judge with ties to the oil industry to preside over lawsuits against BP. A panel of federal judges is meeting today in Boise to discuss the lawsuits.
Dan Casper of Idaho Falls came to Boise to show support for the families. He believes having a meeting of judges away from the Gulf “distracts from the fact that those families still need to be compensated for what has happened to them.
“People will begin to feel the full impact of this and I want to make sure people understand that we are out here to show support for those families. Any kind of help we can give, we will,” Casper said. “Everyone in our country is going to suffer from this because it is ruining an amazing natural resource. There’s not anyone that can escape from some of the things that are going to come out of this.”
Boise resident Travis Gosselin emphasized the group’s goal of making sure the victims get a fair say.
“If you’re dealing with people that are in Houston that are hurt by this, they’re not going to want their court system to be loyal to BP when making a judgment on this,” Gosselin said. “They want someone that is loyal to the people and loyal to the constitution, as opposed to their corporate partners or whoever they might have loyalty with.”
Gosselin said they received generally positive support from passersby as they marched through the city.
“People get what its about from following it everyday,” Gosselin said. “It’s important to them.”
Elena Soto of Idaho Falls said she was hoping for more people, but still felt optimistic.
“Even if it’s just 10 people strong, we’re out here doing this for them [the victims] and people can see us with our very straightforward signs,” Soto said.
All funds the group raises through their website will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network. Stay up to date at what’s going on at the courthouse by checking out CityDesk’s live blogging on the panel.