Snow didn’t stop America’s first Revolution…. why should it stop this one?
Will winter weather stop Occupy Wall Street?
By Jeremy Bloom
But now, as winter is setting in to the Northeast, he may find himself disappointed by the demonstrators stamina and resourcefulness.
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman…
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
In New York, The Daily News reports it was “given a peek inside occupiers’ storage space at 52 Broadway and saw shelves lined with blankets, sub-zero sleeping bags, heavy coats, cough syrup and even an assortment of herbal teas.” And there are 200 to 400 packages with more supplies arriving daily.
In Philadelphia, tents and heaters have been donated to the occupation.
At Occupy Denver, they’re already dealing with snow and freezing cold, but police insist: No tents! They’re sleeping under tarps, and facing hypothermia.
And now CNBC reports from New York City, “Plans are underway to rent an enormous space capable of housing up to 300 people so that Occupy Wall Street can continue through the winter.”
“We’re going to find a place where people can sleep at night, store their stuff. We’ll maintain a continuous presence in the park but you can’t ask people to put their lives in danger. It’s Occupy Wall Street, not Freeze to Death In Zuccotti Park,” [a person closely connected with the core de facto leadership of Occupy Wall Street] said.
But perhaps a better metaphor might be Valley Forge.