Hundreds in Boise on Saturday rallied at the statehouse, marching across Downtown to reach the Anne Frank Memorial in part of a demonstration against the Senate health care bill.
The gathering was part of an effort, called RISE UP, across more than 30 states.
Boise Police Department Chief Bill Bones led the march across town as attendees called on Idaho legislators to reject the bill, which some fear could strip millions of people of their health care benefits.
Speakers at the rally included Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise; City Councilwoman Elaine Clegg, who read an open letter from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter; and community members who say passage of the bill would affect their health directly.
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“Idahoans are Rising Up to demand that Sens. Crapo and Risch reject all efforts that target vulnerable communities and subject thousands of people across our state to injury, sickness and death,” said Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho, in a press release. “They can try all they like to ignore their constituencies, but this is a new day in America and in Idaho and their actions only embolden citizen activism that will continue to hold them to account and demand better of them.”
Idahoans also took to social media to share images from the gathering and spread their message across the internet.