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Maddow: Protesters Ready to "Occupy Winter"--Blogger Suggests Donate-a-Thon of Supplies On "Black Friday"


Last night, Rachel Maddow did a segment on how protesters around the country are getting ready to "occupy winter" by preparing to stay out the harshest, coldest months--and they are energized by the fact, Maddow notes, that they have already had a huge influence on the national discourse, turning the talk of pundits and politicians away from the deficit and towards income inequality.

Meanwhile, how can we help them do that safely?

Blogger The Rude Pundit has a suggestion for how bloggers and others can pitch in on "Black Friday," the overhyped day of major sales after Thanksgiving:

On Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, as marketers force us to know, let's give to our local Occupy encampments what they need to stay warm for the winter.

The deal: check out your local Occupy website. There's a list of all the things they need in order to flat out survive into the spring.

Bring stuff to keep 'em all warm through the cold nights since they are doing the hard, hard work of creating the foundation for genuinely forcing change in the political dialogue and the economic stratification of the United States (and around the world).

On November 25th, as a show of general support, we'll meet to give as large a donation as possible in person at the occupation areas (or where the supplies are kept). Each city could have a meeting place and time for the donors.

 Sounds good to us! The proposed hashtag is #blankettheearth

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AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 2, 2011, 4:37am