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#1 Winter woes threaten Wall Street occupiers10-22-2011, 11:49 PMThey put on a gritty war face and insist they are more determined now than ever, but the Occupy Wall Street campers now face the slow advance of an unrelenting enemy: the New York winter.
As freezing winds blew Friday over the epicenter of their protests, Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, the demonstrators were already huddling in significantly reduced numbers.
At night, the several hundred people who sleep on site in the financial district bundle up as best they can under plastic tarps, hunkering down in sleeping bags and emergency blankets as tents are forbidden on the plaza.
Many sleep with bonnets and scarves. But the worst has yet to come.
"So far, we have been extremely blessed," said Cynthia Villarreal, who has slept at Zuccotti for 18 days.
Ever since the anti-corporate protest movement began on September 17, OWS has only battled a handful of rainy days. At night, temperatures are still above freezing.
But New York winters often see frigid temperatures that drop below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius).
"The cold affects us already," admitted Maria Fehlig, a volunteer nurse at the protesters' makeshift infirmary, a small blue tent marked by a cross that is the only structure so far tolerated by owners of the park ensconced between skyscrapers.
She noted there had been several cases of hypothermia and respiratory problems. An online petition is asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to allow protesters to erect tents on the plaza, though it has not yet been sent.
It is unlikely to succeed.
"The Constitution doesn't protect tents, it protects speech and assembly," Bloomberg said in a press conference Monday amid growing frustration by some New Yorkers as the protesters continue camping out in the heart of global finance.
Bloomberg has also predicted that the weather would play a role in determining how long the movement will last.
But Fehlig, who has been helping protesters learn basic methods to resist the cold, insisted that they formed "a determined group that plans to stay until it changes."
She tells demonstrators to stay dry, wear hats, layers of clothing and good pairs of socks and gloves.
The protesters' kitchen, which serves at least 2,000 meals a day, according to cook Chris O'Donnell, offers warm food ordered from nearby businesses or cooked by volunteers with the help of donations.The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
10-23-2011, 11:24 AM
Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.
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10-23-2011, 11:50 AM
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- Woodland Park, Colorado, United States
Both of our Colorado Springs protesters will probably take a hiatus for the winter or perhaps occupy during the day only. A part time occupy if you will.Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
C. S. Lewis
Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives. (Are you listening Barry)?:mad:
10-23-2011, 01:12 PM
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This is why this movement will ultimately fail. They cannot sacrifice even for what they consider the greater good. There is no good greater than themselves.
What they need is a history book with the section related to winter at Valley Forge highlighted. They are happy to protest as long as they are having a good time doing it.
10-23-2011, 01:40 PM
10-24-2011, 02:54 PM
If they do like the more resourceful homeless people of Detroit, they will go to Atlanta for the winter.
10-24-2011, 07:49 PM
I hope the OWS protest in New York does a reinactment of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad. All it would take is the NYPD stopping all supplies to the protestors during the winter. Also, protestors would be allowed to leave but, once they go past the police lines, they can't return.Solve a man's problem with violence and help him for a day. Teach a man how to solve his problems with violence, help him for a lifetime - Belkar Bitterleaf
Liberalism is what the stupid think is smart.
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