Winter is slowly making its way across the United States, and while authorities continue to crack down on Occupy Wall Street protesters in warmer climates, many are counting on the weather to send the rest scurrying back to their homes.
But that tactic doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell, if the 99% have anything to say about it.
The Occupy Supply Fund, a project of Firedoglake.com, is working directly with Occupy demonstrators and organizers to raise money, purchase and deliver the supplies they need to keep going. They’ve already raised $52,000, $42,000 of which has been spent to order initial stock of heavy-duty winter gear.
“It’s no coincidence that Bloomberg seized the #OWS generators on the first day of snow,” said Firedoglake (FDL) founder Jane Hamsher. “Getting a consistent, reliable supply of cold weather supplies to occupations across the country could mean the difference between the movement surviving the winter or not.”
The member-driven program uses its funds and donations to make bulk buys of superb cold-weather gear from American based, union manufacturers–a feat that isn’t easy since NAFTA outsourced most of these jobs and companies.
The line includes thinsulate-lined masks and beanies, wool watch caps, polar fleece scarves and blankets, double base-layer self-wicking long underwear, quilted jackets and vests, fleece pullovers, as well as -40 degree socks.