Protest

Madelyn Beck / Mountain West New Bureau

At anti-racism rallies and marches across the country, protesters are coming face to face with police — but also with heavily armed civilians. America’s gun laws make it difficult to diffuse the tension.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Idahoans came together in peaceful protests and vigils across the state Tuesday evening in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last week.

 


Madelyn Beck / Boise State Public Radio

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a shooting at a Boise rally against police violence Monday was intentional. No one was injured, but the shooting ratcheted up tension at an otherwise peaceful protest.

 

Weekend protests drew crowds across the country including in the Mountain West, from hundreds in Boise and Reno to thousands in Denver. Some city leaders now worry such gatherings could lead to new outbreaks of COVID-19.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced Sunday that the city will be offering free tests to demonstrators. 

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Heated debate over justice in America in the shadow of the death of George Floyd continues to boil over in many of the nation’s cities. 

 

 


Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau

Hundreds showed up to the capitol building in Boise on Sunday afternoon to protest George Floyd’s death. 


A Packed, Peaceful Protest: Activists Descend On Virginia’s Capitol For Pro-Gun Rally

Jan 21, 2020

In the shadow of looming concern from state officials, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL)’s annual lobbying day event and rally Monday went as organizers planned with 22,000 in attendance, only one arrest and no notable issues (with the possible exception of the frigid temperature.)

Students Demand Change At Boise’s Youth Climate Strike

Mar 15, 2019
Brooklyn Riepma / Boise State Public Radio

Liam Neupert is a junior at One Stone school in Boise and helped to coordinate the Idaho Youth Climate Strike Friday morning. For several weeks now, he’s been at the statehouse every Friday, missing school to protest climate change inaction.

 

David Byars Documents Malheur Occupation

May 7, 2018
AMELIA TEMPLETON / OPB

When news broke of the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon, documentarian David Byars knew he had to go there with a camera. The result was 'No Man's Land,' a chronicle of the 40-day occupation by public land advocates who saw federal land policies as an infringement on their liberty.

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

With the one-year anniversary of the Trump Administration coming up this Saturday, activists in Boise are planning to mark the occasion. A young organizer of last year’s Women’s March at the capitol is planning another demonstration this weekend.

Nancy Harris

Before the Thanksgiving break, the GOP-controlled Senate is trying to get as much done on their tax proposal as possible. At the same time, a group opposed to the plan in Idaho has found a way to incorporate the holiday into their protest. 


AP Photo / Kimberlee Kruesi

Editor's note: Author Charles Murray has repeatedly rejected characterizations that he is a white supremacist. We've updated the story to make that clear.

A group that protested an Idaho appearance by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week is planning a different kind of demonstration against a speech by a controversial author this weekend.


Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Thursday, people critical of the Senate proposal to replace Obamacare staged a sit-in at Republican offices across the country. While the Senate is on recess, the protesters hoped to get the attention of their elected officials. In Boise, a group of women took a similar action – but with a maternal touch. Reporter Frankie Barnhill was there and filed this report.

Taylor Munson / Boise State Public Radio

Residents from around the state gathered outside the offices of both Idaho Senator’s Mike Crapo and Jim Risch Wednesday and Thursday. They demonstrated in opposition to the new Senate healthcare bill, called the American Health Care Act.

 

 

The bill is similar to the one passed by the House last month, with only a few modifications. Protester Laurie Burelle is concerned with the bill’s potential impact on women’s health.

 

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Wednesday afternoon, a group of about 25 protesters gathered on the steps of the Idaho Capitol to show their opposition to president-elect Donald Trump.

Whitnee Kieran held a bright yellow poster, with the message “He is Not My President” written in marker. Kieran says she moved from shock to terror on Election Night, as she watched Donald Trump take the lead.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Dozens of protestors marched on the Idaho Capitol in Boise on Saturday afternoon, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. They chanted down the center of Capitol Boulevard, carrying signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “He Complied But He Still Died,” referring to the police-related shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. Virginia Farr, who is white, attended with her three black daughters.

New Approach Idaho

Friday afternoon on the steps of Idaho’s Capitol a group of people plan to break the law. It’s a protest that could come with some serious repercussions for those involved.

Idaho has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country. If Serra Frank is caught with an ounce, she could reasonably expect to pay a $1,000 fine and spend a year in jail. But Frank says she will be smoking pot at the Capitol on January 1 anyway. 

This story was updated at 12:05 p.m.

More than 20 gay rights activists have been arrested after protesting in the Idaho House and Senate chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections.

Activists taking part in the protest that started Monday morning warned they would not voluntarily leave until legislators consider adding four words — sexual orientation and gender identity — to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Add The Words
Frankie Barnhill / For Boise State Public Radio

During the legislative session, dozens of people protested inside and outside the Idaho Capitol against discrimination. Monday is their chance to stand up in court and say why they did it.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

An anti-abortion organization says Boise State University is violating free speech laws by limiting students' protest to just a handful of areas on campus.

Abolitionists4Life filed the lawsuit against the university Friday. They argue that BSU is violating their First Amendment rights.

The group says the university required them to put up warning signs during a May protest because officials considered their material controversial.

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