A crowd marched through Downtown Boise on Saturday afternoon in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of the deaths of two black men at the hands of police officers this week.
“We started organizing this after the murder (of Alton Sterling) in Louisana and the murder (of Philandro Castile) in Minnesota the next day,” said Eve Garden, one of the event’s organizers. “We felt a sense of extreme sadness and devastation for those families and those individuals.”
Attendees, who rallied at Julia Davis Park at the end of their tour, estimated there were about 50 marchers, said Boise Public Radio’s Tom Michael.
“This was one of the larger actions I’ve seen in Boise in recent years,” said attendee Jeremy Harper, a member of Boise’s chapter of Black and Pink, a prison abolition organization.
Garden said the march was meant as both a show of solidarity and support to the shooting victims and their families, as well as an establishment of a safe space and community in Boise.
“We won’t tolerate any violence in our community from police or from anybody else. We don’t want any violence to happen,” she said. “Our focus is building a community and building safety here.”
Harper said he’s been to similar local events in the past but appreciated the focus on the future.
“I appreciated that the organizers seemed to be thinking long-term – not just a rally and demonstration today, but a strategy to deter police violence,” he said.