Updated 10/17/2011 11:34 PM
NY1 Exclusive: Protesters' Winter Supplies "Occupy" Downtown Warehouse
Bolstering the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, protesters have recently obtained a donated storage space in Downtown Manhattan, to allow demonstrators to have supplies as their protest enters the cold months. NY1's Zack Fink got an exclusive look at the warehouse and filed the following report.
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Just a few blocks away from Zuccotti Park, where protesters have entered their second month of holding "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations, the United Federation of Teachers is allowing occupiers to use a ground-floor storage space for donated goods.
Care packages and supplies have come from all over the world to the UPS store at Fulton Street. Organizers then carry the packages, which include food and medicine, on dollies to the storage area.
"We've literally seen donations from all over the world, from New Zealand, South Korea, Germany, Latin America, anywhere you can imagine," said protester Han Shan.
"It is important that we have a place, especially with the weather, basically Mother Nature being herself. We have to store this stuff," said protester Nan Terry.
The space also allows protesters to store personal items, keeping them warm and dry.
Some of the donations have even included winter gloves and socks, all necessary items to brave the cold as the protest stretches on towards the colder months.
"We are not asking permission to be here. We are occupying Wall Street. I don't think anyone has any intention of going anywhere," said Shan. "We've got a lot more work to do."
The storage space is located next door to the Amalgamated Bank, where the demonstrators keep the roughly $300,000 they have accumulated in monetary donations.
The account is in the name of a 501c3 called "Friends of Liberty Plaza." A member of the finance group is permitted to make withdrawals, and that individual reports to the movement's general assembly.
Occupiers said almost everything they receive is accompanied by a supportive note.
"Here are some cookies for the demonstrators. I'll keep sending, as long as you keep protesting," read Shan. "I'm a 69-year old retired journalist in Ohio who's very much with you in spirit."
One occupier told NY1 the notes they get with the supplies are like letters from the "frontline's of America's economic crisis."