I rode down to the Occupy DC location on K street Sunday Morning. I found out was sick on Monday, so I hope I didn’t leave anything behind.
I wanted to stop by and show my friend from Maryland what was going on. I have to admit that he was being very closed minded to the movement, and had a typical 1% mentality. His opinion drastically changed once we went down to the site and he saw how people were living in consideration with the snow and wind that hit DC on Saturday through Sunday.
He was actually upset that they were not getting any support from the city, and that many of these ‘kids’ were sitting there in cutoff t-shirts. He then understood why I grabbed two blazers, and a bunch of button down shirts that I no longer wear. Granted, this is not your ideal winter gear for camping out on the streets, but its better than a lot of these people have.
I also learned while visiting the “comfort station,” a station that gathers clothing and blanket donations, that they are having a real problem keeping the clothes dry. It is not just a matter of keeping the clothes covered, but due to the weather and air, the clothes still feel damp, and occupiers are unwilling to take them, fearing that it would not be sanitary.
I wanted to do one big thing over the next weekend or this week in addition to everything that Jane Hamsher and FDL are doing with the #OccupySupply Fund. I wanted to go down there and help cook a dinner/meal. I want to see how many mouths are actually fed, and also just to help.
What would you all recommend to cook for the occupiers of DC? They do have propane and pots for cooking, so it does not have to be a cold meal.
I am taking suggestions and let everyone know what I have decided on. This will be out of my pocket, but if you do want to donate to the occupy supply fund, where we are delivering warm winter clothing to DC and occupations across the country you can click here! Jane has been working hard this week with union shops across the country to get warm clothing to occupiers who are in need. 100% of the donations made to the occupy supply fund are going to warm clothes and supplies to help people make it through the winter.