Sunday, November 6, 2011

At Occupy Boise, Infrastructure is Key

Posted By on Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM

The Boise arm of the national Occupy movement is moving into its second day at its Downtown encampment outside the old Ada County Courthouse. At around 2 p.m. Sunday, multiple food donations arrived to feed hungry occupiers. Eight pizzas courtesy of crooksandliars.com, and trays of Nepalese dumplings arrived (along with other provisions) from the Food Not Bombs organization.


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The bathroom facilities consist of "groovers," or makeshift ammo crates with a toilet seat. Once filled, the crates are sealed and emptied at a nearby RV dumping station. Currently, occupiers are urged to jaunt across the street to use the taxpayer-funded toilets at the Statehouse—lovingly termed "the Crapitol" by some occupiers. During the evening, the groovers are necessary.


The glamorous groover
  • The glamorous "groover"

Some have found that creating their own structures pays off in spades. One camper set up wooden pallets, lined them with egg crates and cardboard, and insulated it with leaves from the lawn.


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"I fell asleep to a heated political debate right outside my 'door,'" said one occupier, Keesha Renna. "That was my favorite part. ... It was so much better than falling asleep to TV or something."

A quick survey of the grounds proved the lawns spotless.

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