Occupy Updates: Protesters Prepping for Winter With Help from Nurses' Union

If the threat of police brutality and working out the nitty-gritty of self-governance isn't enough, the other biggest obstacle facing the occupations may be the weather. And the flu that comes with it.

The WSJ blog metropolis reports on how nurses are helping out with a first aid station:

“We have an awful lot of people here that are sleeping out in the elements,” explained Jean Ross, registered nurse and co-president of National Nurses United. “Some of them have shelter tents, some not. its been rainy and wet and chilly, so we see a lot of wet-foot disorders.”

At the Daily News, there's a piece on how the New York protesters are stocking up on a cache of donated supplies and determined to dig in for the winter months despite Mayor Bloomberg's prediction that the cold will kick them out.

Demonstrators counter that the mayor has gravely underestimated their resolve.

"We're going to need more coats and sleeping bags," said Steve Iskovitz, 51, a mental health counselor from  Pittsburgh, who has been at the park for two weeks.

Supporters from around the country have shipped 200 to 400 packages of supplies daily to the protesters.

Watch the WSJ's thorough video on the first aid station, with a focus on volunteers from the nurses' union, here:


Similar problems threaten Boston, and a similar resolve keeps the protesters hopeful:

The occupiers who have been camping in Dewey Square for the past three weeks in protest of economic injustice and corporate greed show no signs of leaving.

John Ford, an independent bookseller from Plymouth, who runs the Occupy Boston library, said a group of volunteers has begun brainstorming ways to weatherize the campsite. “There has been a lot of interest in this issue,” Ford said. The group is open to suggestions from individuals with experience working in the cold, like bike couriers and members of the military, he said. He plans to solicit donations of polypropylene, thermal, and Gore-Tex clothing.

 This is a pattern, I imagine, we'll see repeated all over the country.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at October 26, 2011, 7:53am

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