They said they would not be deterred by the weather. Given the nature of Saturday’s storm, the Occupy Hartford bunch may have had a few advantages over the rest of us: no trees overhead and they already adjusted to being without power, aside from what the small solar panel could supply.
Early Sunday afternoon, activists were shoveling paths through the camp, but snow was already melting off quickly.
Once again, the majority of activists in the group had rotated. One of the consistent activists at the site, Marla, needs to leave for her annual trip to Ghana, but she has found someone willing to step up and take over some of her duties.
On a day when the internet was abuzz with complaint-after-complaint about the weather, Occupiers were downright cheerful. That is the direct outcome of proving wrong those who assumed activists would pack up and leave at the first sign of frost.
Several Occupiers held signs near the street and received a surprising amount of honked replies for what should have been an otherwise quiet weekend day.
While activists made it out of the storm unscathed, a few tents were damaged. Right now, Occupiers are requesting some extra boots and mink oil for waterproofing them.
The group now has a library on site, located in a dry, warm shelter. In preparation for the storm, activists stored books in plastic bins so that they “wouldn’t get wet and freeze.”
On Saturday, Occupy Hartford will be taking part in Bank Transfer Day, an action that did not derive from the Occupy Wall Street movement, but which is supported by many involved in it.