One Year After Swarming Idaho Capitol, Another Women's March Planned

Jan 18, 2018

Around 6,000 people from all corners of Idaho crowded Boise January 21, 2017 to participate in the Women's March and protest the Trump Administration.
Credit 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.

Last January, in the falling snow and frigid cold, nearly 6,000 people rallied outside of the capitol for the Women’s March. One of the largest demonstrations in recent memory, it was co-organized by a pair of high school students.

Collette Raptosh, a student at Boise High, is again organizing a demonstration for January 21. She tells the Statesman she’s worried the same energy that motivated so many thousands to brave the cold last winter may have dissipated. While the 2017 march was a response to Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory, Raptosh says she wants this year’s demonstration to be about anything but the president.

While some of the ire with the president that initially fueled the Women’s March has faded, this year’s event comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which served as a catalyst for women in all fields to come forward with stories of harassment.

This year’s Women’s March is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at the capitol.

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