Idahoans march on state Capitol, demand leaders end shutdown

Idahoans march on state Capitol, demand leaders end shutdown

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 9:47 AM

BOISE -- About a hundred Idahoans descended on the Idaho Statehouse to deliver a cease-and-desist order to congressional leaders on Tuesday.

The group of protesters met at Boise's Anne Frank Memorial and then marched on Capitol Boulevard as they chanted and held signs. The protest was part of the National Day of Action.

United Action of Idaho organized the event along with other local groups.

The goal was to send a message that Idahoans -- along with the rest of the country -- want their leaders to reopen the government, start paying our federal workers, restore veterans' affairs benefits, and continue critical programs that so many depend upon.

Jackie Shellworth was one that came out to march.

“I am not a demonstrator, I am here," she told KTVB. "I don’t walk in demonstration, I walked. I don’t chant, I chanted today,” she said. “I waited and heard all the speeches and I agree with everything that was said.”

Many like Shellworth are demanding that our elected leaders in Washington get back to work and find a solution.

The protesters placed flowers on the Idaho Statehouse steps to symbolize the work lost through the shutdown.

Adrienne Evans with United Action of Idaho encouraged those participating to get out their cell phones and call each of Idaho’s members of congress and tell them to work toward opening the government back up.

Many said those Washington, D.C., voicemail accounts were full.

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