The occupation of cities across America is deep into its second month, and city officials may be counting on one thing to end the standoff: Mother Nature. But protesters are preparing to settle in for a long winter’s stay, thanks in part to donations of cold-weather gear organized by the progressive news site FireDogLake.
Over the last week and a half, #OccupySupply has traveled to several cold-weather encampments, passing out tarps, clothes and tents. They reached Washington before the first major storm of the season. On Thursday, the group announced it had raised over $50,000 to buy clothes and supplies and would began shipments to various Occupy camps. Its first shipped line of defense against the frost? Five hundred pairs of union-made socks made to withstand minus-40-degree weather.
This news may not bode well for mayors hoping that snow, ice and cold will drive the protesters inside. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Wall Street Journal that he didn’t know how long the protests would last, but “I think part of it has probably to do with the weather.”
The protesters and their encampments have proven a puzzle to many mayors, who are uncertain how to handle the tent cities that have sprouted up in cities from Oakland to Washington. In Washington, D.C. officials have allowed the tents to remain in two nationally monitored parks. In Oakland, police tore down the Occupy encampment, which only encouraged wider protests in the city.
(Via Simon Owens)