Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Occupy Boise Moves Forward With Encampment Plans

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Monday nights Occupy Boise general assembly meeting
  • Occupy Boise held a general assembly meeting Monday night to discuss plans for raising an encampment at the old Ada County Courthouse across from the Capitol.

The Occupy Boise movement is looking to occupy a part of the Capitol Mall in downtown Boise as early as this coming weekend.

"We agreed to hold the encampment whether or not we get permission," said Mike Despot at an Occupy Boise general assembly meeting Monday night. "My impression is that I don't think we're going to get raided."

The group is planning to pitch tents on land in front of the old Ada County Courthouse on Jefferson Street, across the street from the Statehouse. Occupy Boise organizers were planning to send a letter to the state's Department of Administration regarding the encampment.

"I want to know if it's legal," said Jim Breaton at the meeting. "When I first joined this movement, it was my understanding that we would operate within the law. Now, we're talking about the possibility of going outside the law."

Citydesk spoke to a number of candidates running in next Tuesday's municipal election regarding the Occupy Boise movement, and heard mostly positive comments:

"I think people feel that their voice is not being well heard," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, who is running for re-election. "Their perspective is important."

"The city should be supporting the constitutional rights of those that are bringing this grievance and not working to discourage them," said David Hall, Bieter's opponent.

In Wednesday's BW, we examine the political shadows cast by the Occupy Boise movement in the run up to next week's election.

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