Occupy Protesters Getting Weather Tips From the Homeless

Posted by jcashman

Courtesy of Associated Press

Anti-Wall Street protesters in Northern states vowing to stand their ground against police and politicians are also digging in against a different kind of foe: cold weather.

They are stockpiling donated coats and blankets. They are trying to secure cots and military-grade tents. And they are getting cold-weather tips from the homeless people who have joined their ranks.

Former Navy medic Michael McCarthy of Providence, R.I., where activists have erected a tent city in a park across from City Hall, says people have dubbed it “our Valley Forge moment.”

The rigors of camping outdoors in some of the country’s harsher climes are already becoming apparent. In Denver, two protesters were hospitalized with hypothermia during a storm this week that brought several inches of snow.


Burlington police say they will take “a wait and see approach” to a weekend encampment that a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning in City Hall Park, where camping is banned.


Providence’s public safety commissioner said Friday police won’t forcibly break up the Occupy Providence camp at a park downtown even after their three-day notice to vacate runs out this weekend.

Commissioner Steven Pare told WPRO-AM the city won’t “physically remove” the several hundred campers from Burnside Park and instead will seek to force them out “peacefully and civilly” through the court system.

He said that could take several weeks.


Maine groups aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement plan to rally Saturday.

Occupy Bangor says a rally at downtown Bangor’s Peirce Park will be followed by a march. The group says participants are organizing to show solidarity for what it calls a “feeling of mass injustice and inequality in America.”

In Portland, Occupy Maine says it will also rally Saturday with speakers, music and a march from Monument Square. The weather called for 6 inches of snow Saturday evening.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.



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