Two weeks ago I called FDL member Steve C. and asked him if he would be a liaison for OccupySupply at Occupy Delaware in Wilmington. Since that time, Steve has also taken on liaison duties at 3 other occupations: Dover, Harrisburg and Lancaster.
Occupy Harrisburg sent out the word on Twitter to be there to greet Steve when he arrived on Friday, and we got this nice note from them afterwards:
Dear Ms. Hamsher, “Firebaggers” and all others involved in any way with the Occupy Supply Fund;
My name is Chris [B.] and I am a participant in Occupy Harrisburg. Last evening, Occupy Harrisburg was privileged to have a visit from Steve C., who not only attended our 7 PM General Assembly on the Capitol steps, but who brought many excellent pieces of outerwear from the Occupy Supply Fund. What a great thing for the holidays!! Thank you very, very much for your kind generosity.
We showed Steve the tents of our Occupiers, which are across Third Street on the NW corner with State Street. We told him that the city of Harrisburg doesn’t like that we’re there, but that they haven’t moved on us either. This might have something to do with the fact that our attorneys told them that if they removed our tents off of the sidewalks, we would go to court to force the city to remove the tables of the nightclubs and restaurants in the downtown’s Restaurant Row. It must have got their attention, because they haven’t even threatened us since. I’ll be blogging about this and other Occupy Harrisburg happenings in the coming days.
Occupy Harrisburg wants to again express its sincere thank you to Jane Hamsher, and to all who made the outwear donation possible. It is doubly great to know that the clothing was made in the USA and done by the hands of union brothers and sisters. Thank you a thousand times!!
Please accept our wishes for the happiest and most joyful Holiday Season ever!
Many thanks to Steve C. who has been driving around in two states playing Santa Claus to four separate occupations. His willingness to do so in spite of the holidays made a big difference to a lot of people. We may have to get you a reindeer.
We are happy to be able to play a very small role in support of Chris, Jose, Woody and all of the campers at Occupy Harrisburg who persevere despite the obstacles, where others have not been able to do so. Your courage and determination to stick it out serve as a constant symbol of hope for everyone who sees you there on a daily basis, an enduring reminder of the desperate need for change. Homeland Security and all of their billions have not been able to uproot you. We owe a sincere debt of gratitude to you and all of the other occupiers for the commitment, vision and leadership you are providing in these difficult times. You are an inspiration to us all.