Saturday, December 24, 2011

An Occupy Boise Christmas

Posted By on Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

A Christmas tree sits inside of a tent at the Occupy Boise encampment
  • A Christmas tree sits inside of a tent at the Occupy Boise encampment.

On the day before Christmas, and all through the camp, things are pretty quiet for Boise Occupiers. When Citydesk visited the encampment near Fifth and Jefferson streets, it was apparent that most protesters had opted to spend the holidays in the warmth of their homes.

However, there are members of the group that intend to stay at the encampment through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“I am looking forward to spending Christmas down here,” said Richard Morgan, who’s stayed at the encampment since the second week. “I actually just took a break from where I was at, and I decided to stay here.”

A number of folks have given up their apartments or houses and taken up full residency at the campsite, making it their temporary homes. On Christmas Day, Morgan expects about 20 or 30 people at the encampment for dinner—many of which, he said, may be homeless.

“We set it up with the Co-op to provide us with three turkeys and two hams for Christmas Day. With all the trimmings, too, stuffing and everything. We just have to go pick it up,” said Morgan.

The Occupiers don’t have a lot planned in the way of holiday-themed actions. There was a candlelight vigil Friday evening, which, according to the group’s website, was to “remember all who have suffered injustice and violence in 2011.”

The group has also been visiting local homes and serenading them with “un-carols,” to the tune of “Consumer Wonderland,” “My Least Favorite Things,” and “God Bless You Very Wealthy Men.”

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