Monday, September 17, 2012

Occupy Boise Returns to Old Courthouse Grounds

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The new version of Occupy Boise comes with a lot more rules.
  • George Prentice
  • The new version of Occupy Boise comes with a lot more rules.

Occupy Boise has set up shop again—albeit much more temporary—on the grounds in front of the Old Ada County Courthouse.

Marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, members of Occupy Boise began setting up a faux campsite this morning across the street from the Idaho State Capitol.

"We have it designed so that it shouldn't take us more than an hour to set up and an hour to move, just in case we have to vacate for groundskeeping," Gene Bray told Citydesk.

The Occupy Boise movement removed their eight-month tent city in June, when U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said the Idaho State Department of Administration needed to landscape the lawn.

"You wouldn't want free speech to interfere with lawn mowers and sprinklers," Barbara Kemp told Citydesk.

As part of the temporary set-up, Kemp was constructing a so-called "homeless wish list," on which the homeless could categorize their immediate needs.

"We've been meeting regularly with the homeless coalition and decided this was necessary," said Kemp.

Meanwhile, attorneys representing Occupy Boise and the State of Idaho were holding a scheduling conference Monday morning, in an effort to have Winmill update his ruling.

"But in the meantime, we won't be camping here," said Bray. "Or sleeping, or snoring, or cooking."

Barbara Kemp constructs a homeless wish list at Occupy Boise.
  • George Prentice
  • Barbara Kemp constructs a homeless wish list at Occupy Boise.

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