A hopeful message will line the streets of Downtown Boise for the next few months.
After Boise woke up to the news in early December that someone vandalized the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial with swastika stickers, Idahoans jumped to action. Amid the outpouring of support, the Downtown Boise Association donated funds to create 50 banners for downtown Anne Frank on them with a simple message: “Love is everywhere.”
“Our organization represents downtowns and our downtown is for everyone,” Downtown Boise Association Executive Director Jennifer Hensley said. “When (the vandalism) happened, we felt we needed to join in with the voices saying that really this area is full of love and everyone is welcome here.”
This message came in response to the stickers, which said “we are everywhere.” The vandals stuck them in various places around the memorial, which is one of the few places in the world where the full United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is on display. Police have not announced any arrests in connection to the incident.
Living the message
The banners will be up in downtown Boise for the next few months.
Executive Director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights Dan Prinzing, which operates the memorial, said he was overjoyed when Hensley’s organization approached him about creating the banners.
“As folks see this message, as they read, we also want them to reflect on the message and think about how to put it into practice,” he said. “How do we live the message?”
This one of several high-profile shows of support from Idaho’s business community since the vandalism. Micron Technology issued a statement condemning the act in a press conference with Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and Prinzing following the discovery of the stickers. Dozens of business leaders also signed a letter in mid-December in support of the memorial and Chobani’s founder donated $20,000 to the Wassmuth Center.