Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Add the Words Advocates Launch One-Minute Midday Protests to Strengthen Support

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Becky McGavin, a third grade teacher, plays Bizets Meneut as part of her noontime protest.

  • Harrison Berry
  • Becky McGavin, a third grade teacher, plays Bizet's "Meneut" as part of her noontime protest.

Add the Words advocates added a new element to their string of Statehouse protests this afternoon, in hopes of encouraging more Idahoans to support their cause without risking arrest.

In an ongoing effort to encourage lawmakers to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act, Add the Words advocates are asking for anyone who supports their cause to stop for one minute at precisely 12:04 p.m., in solidarity for the effort. They're hoping that the protest occurs each day for two weeks "or until the Idaho Legislature finally hears and begins to work passing a bill to add the words," according to an announcement.

Music is supposed to be a message from the heart, said Ty Carson.

  • Harrison Berry
  • "Music is supposed to be a message from the heart," said Ty Carson.

Earlier Tuesday morning, Idaho State Police arrested nearly two dozen Add the Words protesters who blocked the entrances to the office of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. ISP said the majority of the protesters were charged with unlawful assembly, four were arrested for protesting and one was arrested for resisting and obstructing police.

There have been approximately 150 Statehouse arrests during Add the Words protests during the current session of the Legislature.

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