Frost is on the pumpkins. It’s wet. It’s snowy in Zuccotti Park in New York City where the Occupiers are cozy in their tents…or not. Here is some of what is heard on the occupied streets.
Rene, a 25-year-old protester who came from Occupy Miami to Occupy Wall Street told the New York Post: ‘I got my blanket, I got my sleeping bag and I got my girl – so it’s not hard to stay warm.’ He added: ‘The weather won’t dissuade me. I’m here through the thick and thin until the tear gas rolls in.’
Living outdoors is taking its toll. Lael Gillette, 27, an unemployed chef from Rockford, Illinois, has had only two hours of sleep in three days at the camp. ‘I would rather there was another option,’ he said.
A few demonstrators didn’t bother to take cover. Jason Jones, 23, sat on a chair in the rain wearing a soaked black coat and garbage bags around his ankles. “I slept without a roof last night,” he said, adding that he couldn’t care less about being wet. “We need to teach the world a lesson.”
From the Sun article linked above:
1) “There is concern in the movement that the effort needed to stay warm could eventually be a drain on the movement’s intellectual energies; and, of course, on its numbers.”..
2) Entrepreneurs donated gloves, blankets and hot water caravans. Lessons on surviving the cold are under way. In Portland, Main, organizers are asking the city for permission to stack hay bales for warmth.
By 2pm, 1.3 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park; never before in October has an inch of snow fallen on a given day in New York City, AccuWeather reported…New York has received measurable snow before Halloween only three times since 1869 – and never more than one inch, as happened today.
Heavier snow due tomorrow (Sunday October 30, 2011)
Tents are banned in Central Park, but hey, these are Progressives, so authorities are looking the other way. Doubtful any licenses have been purchased either.
UPDATE: Hot Air says New York City conducted a “fire hazard” raid yesterday, seizing generators and fuels as fire hazards. There is a “public atrium” on Wall Street that is owned by the city and is required to remain open. Maybe the tough guys and gals camping out can take refuge in an atrium? Read more at Hot Air.