I was privileged enough to travel to Hartford CT this week to visit my family for the holiday. I traveled from Washington DC to Connecticut by train with over 50lbs of OccupySupply cold weather clothing.
I was given directions by my stepmother who is a state representative. She told me she passed by the occupation every day that she goes to legislative sessions. The occupation is about .5 miles from the Legislative Office Building. Its location could be a little bit better, but they do have a spot where they are not bothered by police and it has potential to hold a lot of people.
As soon as I got there I went to the comfort station which was in fairly rough shape. The ground was soaked and many of the tents, including the comfort station, were somewhat improvised and very flimsy. There were about 25 tents with a head count of about 48 people as far as I could tell. I was told a lot of people were back taking showers and getting supplies.
I met with two people; one was named Maira who was in charge of the comfort station and outreach, the other was Jairule (pronounced the same as the rapper, jah-rool.) He told me that they had been trying to get in touch of Firedoglake, and that they had been wondering if they were ever going to see supplies delivered.
The best part of my visit was that I got to watch the comfort station managers hand out some of the supplies to the occupiers Maira was trying to be very democratic distributing the items. I was happy to see that we had just enough hats for everyone, so nobody that was there was going to go without at least one piece of clothing from the supply fund.
We are continuing to deliver goods across the country everyday. Over 20 packages went out on Wednesday along with the 30 packages that went out last Saturday. So far, over 30 states have received starter packages or second deliveries.