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Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Occupy Congress protesters attempt to raise money for the basics

(Image via Occupy Congress’s page)
As the Jan. 17 “Occupy Congress” event grows closer, Occupy Wall Street protesters from all over the country appear to be in planning mode.

They haven’t finalized plans based on several proposed schedules of events, but protesters claim they have an approved, reserved space on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol for the demonstration.

And even though protesters have significantly reduced the number of expected visitors for the event from 1 million to 2,000, they still hope to raise enough money — $4,000, according to the group’s WePay account — to pay for everything from 10 First Aid stands to 34 portable toilets.

After spending much of Thursday requesting official solidarity from other Occupy Wall Street outposts across the country, the conversation on Twitter also included securing basic needs for the event.

“Occupy Congress” could restart momentum for Occupy D.C.’s McPherson Square protesters, some of whom say they’re enduring cold weather, rats and increasingly impatient local officials while they wait to begin springtime protests.

Calls to the U.S. Capitol Police weren’t immediately returned Friday.


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