Occupy Boston Protesters Relying On Donations To Get Through Winter

BOSTON (CBS) – Occupy Boston protesters know much colder weather is on the way, but many say they plan to stay through the winter months no matter what.

“Through the winter, through the next few weeks, next summer, next winter,” said Robert, a protester.

While the weather Monday was pretty cooperative with sunshine and highs into the 60’s, a colder pattern will eventually take over with winter around the corner.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports.

How do the protesters plan to ride out the cold weather?

“Clothes, we have a lot of clothes donations. A lot of people come and donate. The jacket I have on right now I got because I was a little chilly. Tarps and tents; we have so many supplies for individuals to winterize and insulate themselves and their tents,” said Robert.

Regan, another protester, handles the clothing donations at Occupy Boston.

“Actually, it poses a lot of problems about tents. Tent-wise, I’m a little concerned about winterizing all the tents,” said Regan.

Robert, meanwhile, said he plans to keep his word and hunker down at the Dewey Square encampment during the cold weather months, but admitted he doesn’t expect to see everyone stick around.

“I think, like I said, it’s gonna weed out the people that are here for personal reasons or the actual agenda of the whole movement. That’ll definitely weed them out,” said Robert.

  • bosmonkey

    And the agenda is…? Make well-off people give away more of their money? Do you think they will do that on their own? Make corporations pay (more) taxes? Do you think they will do that on their own? Not accept government bailouts and not give huge bonuses even though they took taxpayer money? Do you think they will do that on their own?

    No. You should be protesting in Washington. It is the government that can force these changes.

    I do fear we are moving towards socialism and that really bothers me. I will have a tough time voting for Democrats again for MA or Washington. :/

    Last thought. The cold will be tough, but the snow and then the melting will be worse.

  • patricia

    why do you think anyone else is better off than you are? get a job and pay for tt yourselves. Many are having a hard enough time paying for heat for their own famlly. As the old saying goes charity begins at home. Bradley Jay had one of your people on his talk show last night on wbz, he goes t work during the day so how about you all do the same.

  • Don Trump

    I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m getting a bit weary of these New Age homeless who fly under the guise of “occupiers”. It appears that some of these aimless wanderers don’t even know what exactly will make them happy. Most of us out here who worked 1 and 2 jobs so as to buy a house while living mostly paycheck to paycheck knew what to expect. Some of these Che Guevara wannabes seem to think that someone should pay off their student loans, give them a job with little work to do and let them sit there and ponder man’s inhumanity to man. If they can’t find a bloody job, then go somewhere that has them.

  • Karol

    Thank you for standing up for the poor, the disabled, the homeless, the working poor, the unemployed, the underemployed, the environment, those that have been foreclosed on, and the college students who will be carrying a large amount of student loan debt. Boston is the perfect place to occupy and protest based on its rich history of protests that led to the American Revolution. Our government is destroying our country through corrupt policy and legislation at the behest of Wall Street. Rich people and corporations have stolen the lively hoods of the American people through wage theft, fraud, and the constant outsourcing of jobs overseas, forcing many people, and families, like me to live pay check to pay check. Thank you for standing up for me! You are wonderful and brave!

  • Karol

    p.s. Since I am warm and comfortable at home night after night, while you are in Dewey Square doing the very difficult and often thankless job of defending the 99%, the very least I could do is send in a donation. And I will mail it to you through that horrible socialist institution…gasp, that we call the United States Postal System. Warning! Remove all american children from the public school system! It is a government run socialist institution. If there is an emergency do not use your local police or fire departments, they, too, are government run socialist institutions! Return all library books immediately! Stop reading borrowed books! It is a socialist entity! Thank you Occupy Boston, Regards

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