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Updates on #OccupyMaine - winter thoughts, rainy-day blues

The folks at the OccupyMaine GA last night talked about a couple of interesting weather-related developments.

First, they're looking for an indoor space to serve as a warm, Internet-connected base for the winter. A couple prospects are out there, and cost and proximity to Monument Square are important. If you've got such a space (or - and this is my suggestion - know of an indoor public one that could be Occupied), drop them a line at occupymaine@gmail.com.

Second, and along the lines of winter's approach, apparently the folks at OccupyWallStreet have so much extra stuff that's been donated that they're renting a truck and driving up the East Coast, stopping at Occupations wherever they find them and doling out whatever people there need. Blankets, toothbrushes, all kinds of stuff, could be coming this way soon.

While on the topic of weather, I gotta say I was bummed out to see just one lone Occupier in Monument Square during lunchtime today. Yeah, it's wet, but it's gonna get wetter. And it's hardly what qualifies for cold around here. I meandered down to the Lincoln Park campsite, and there were a bunch of them putting up tarps and improving shelter for the group and for the incredible number of supplies that have been donated. A personal musing: if this is a group so dedicated that they keep two people in Monument Square all night, what gives with one person on a weekday lunch hour? Even when I try to look at it positively and understandingly, that thin presence looks weak.

That said, the Occupiers are likely to ask the Portland City Council to pass a supporting resolution in the next few days or so. We'll see what the council says, but that could be a powerful tool if the Occupation gets in a dispute with city officials.

 

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