With the Clock Ticking, Boise Special Events Committee Raises Concerns About Women's March 

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Harrison Berry

With just days to go before the Saturday, Jan. 19, Women's March on Idaho 2019, the City of Boise Special Events Committee had harsh words for its organizers at its Jan. 9 meeting.

"I'm a little disappointed in how things rolled out from the organization," said Committee Chairman and City Clerk Craig Croner. "The way [the Women's March is] organized is disruptive, to say the least."

At the root of the committee's concerns is its change in leadership. When the Women's March was founded, shortly after the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2016, the Boise chapter was headed by Colette Raptosh and Nora Harren, both of whom were in high school at the time, and are now college students. They have since handed off responsibility for the march to current high school students, who did not attend the special events meeting, which was held during school hours.

Originally a spontaneous demonstration, the Women's March has grown into an annual event, with organizers approaching the City of Boise months in advance to obtain the necessary permits for a staged event and march.

Nevertheless, committee members expressed frustration that the spontaneous feel of the Women's March had leaked into the planning of the event. Organizers have reportedly been difficult to contact, and march route changes and other tweaks have made obtaining the proper permits and permissions a hassle.

"If I had my druthers, I'd pull the event right now," said Ada County Highway District Representative John Wasson, who processes applications that may affect traffic or close roads.
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