Idaho State Police Attempt to Halt Sticky Note Campaign

It appears that someone in the Idaho capital building doesn’t want to be reminded that thousands of residents could be fired, lose their housing and face other discrimination for simply being who they are.

When Add The Words, Idaho volunteers posted sticky notes from residents asking lawmakers to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the Human Rights Bill at the Idaho Capital Building in Boise on Tuesday they were stopped by Idaho State police troopers who told them, “You can’t do it.”

Since October hundreds of Idahoans have sent in the notes asking lawmakers to not only give the legislation a hearing, but to pass legislation protecting the LGBTQIA community from discrimination.

Though the campaign has been highly publicized in Idaho, organizer Cody Hafer says that when the group of volunteers posted the notes on the glass panes of the Senate and house chamber doors on Monday lawmakers appeared to be surprised.

On Tuesday, the group  had just started to post notes from Twin Falls, Meridian, Pocatello and Boise when the troopers stopped them. Hafer says they told the group that it was against state code to affix anything to the capital building.

When Hafer asked about the permission the group had received to stick them on the door window, take a photo, then remove them to be given to the Committee Chairman, the troopers told the group they didn’t know anything about that.

The sticky note campaign was launched last year after the the House State Affairs Committee refused to give the Human Rights Bill a hearing for the fifth year in a row.

Hafer says the sticky notes are the most peaceful way to protest the fact that the group hasn’t been given a public hearing and also to bring the voices and stories of thousands of Idahoans to the Capital Building in Boise.

He points out that the notes aren’t meant to be a permanent fixture at the Capital, nor are they taped to any walls or any area of the building that could do any damage to the structure itself.

According to another Add The Words, Idaho volunteer, Emilie Jackson-Edney, one of the Statehouse police officers on the Senate side confirmed to her that the rules regarding the sticky notes were indeed the same as last year.

Why the discrepancy between the two law enforcement agencies? Hafer says they aren’t sure, but he says volunteers will continue to stick up the notes until the legislation is passed, though they will vary the doors that the notes are posted on.

He invites the public to post their own sticky notes or if you can’t make it to Boise you can send your request to your lawmakers to amend the Human Rights Bill by submitting it to the Add The Words, Idaho website at www.addthewords.org.

 

 

There will be an Add the Words, Idaho fundraising party this Thursday, January 12th, from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Beside Bardenay on the Basque Block in Downtown Boise. It will be hosted by more than 30 human rights leaders from across the state. Cost is a $10.00 to $100.00 donation at the door. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

If you can not attend, you can send a donation to: Add the Words PAC Box 2661 Boise, ID 83701.

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