Tonight, Jane Hamsher, Myself, and Matt McKinnon of the machinists union will be attending the first committee meeting on Winterizing in Washington, DC. This will be following our webinar with Members about the Occupy Supply Funds plans. It has been a very warm October, leading to little concern about when cold weather sets in.
Unfortunately, the weather in DC, and in other locations is turning brisk. Many of the occupiers in DC are not prepared for the weather that is on its way, and its only going to get colder. They are at least taking a step in a positive direction by holding this committee meeting tonight, but still have a long way to go.
Right now the concern is staying comfortable with fresh clean clothes, and padding, but as the weather gets colder, and winter approaches, it will be necessary to focus on ways to stay warm and dry. If this does not happen, occupiers may start fleeing the scene.
Firedoglake, with the help of Bruce Olsson and Mat McKinnon put together a brochure about how to protest in winter, keeping warm, and identifying cold injuries and illnesses. More drastic measures will need to take place if these occupations last into the next couple months, such as flu immunizations. Without some of these medications and immunizations, sickness and disease could spread through the occupations like wildfire, crippling the movement.
Kevin Gosztola is traveling around to occupations all across the Midwest and he lands in Columbus, OH this afternoon to drop off some much desired supplies. Below is the forecast for DC this upcoming weekend.