Occupy Movement Coming in From The Cold

Saturday, 19 Nov 2011 01:22 PM

By Gary Cohen

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The onset of winter is sending the Occupy Wall Street movement indoors but organizers' efforts are not going into hibernation, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

James Lafferty, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild in Los Angeles says organizers have already started meeting at indoor locations in New York City, away from Zuccotti Park, the birthplace and epicenter of the movement.

It is important to, "provide a way for people who cannot camp out to stay involved and connected," Lafferty points out.

In Los Angeles, he is helping the Occupy movement to develop a nonprofit foundation since the city, "has arrangements with other nonprofits to lease space for as little as a dollar a year."

Occupy Detroit organizers tell the Detroit Free Press they have already secured a building in the city which they will use during the winter to regroup and organize and, "come back stronger in the spring."

Harvard University historian Nancy Koehn however believes where organizers locate themselves for the winter is not as important as keeping the movement's momentum going.

Koehn does not believe it matters where organizers gather.

"This is a huge gaping call to action now for this group which has galvanized attention, emotions and sentiments like nothing we've seen in 30 or 40 or even 60 years in America," says Koehn.

Republican strategist David Johnson in Georgia emphasizes Occupy organizers must come up with actions which will keep them in the public consciousness but does not alienate potential supporters.

Meanwhile, at a time when most of the Occupy encampments have been dismantled across the county, the one on the lawn outside City Hall in Los Angeles remains intact.

City officials have been in discussions with movement organizers to come up with a different location but Time Magazine reports there does not appear to be any sort of rush to evict the protesters from the current location.

Los Angeles City Council has even offered a resolution of support to the movement.


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