A Proposal to NYC OWS GA for the Necessary funding for our homeless supporters plus a meeting place to call our own.
Many people don not understand and realize the significant role that our homeless supporters have played in helping to hold the center of the OWS Movement. At least 100 homeless people held down the center of th our movement in Zuccotti Park by staying there and occupying the ground 24/7. The night of the “Ice Storm from Hell” at the end of October 2011 when most of the occupiers went to the warm confines of the parents or friends abodes, a small enclave of 36 homeless souls remained vigilant and occuppied Liberty Park. Wet, cold, and frozen to the bone, that night I remained as well.
The NYC OWS movement has brought in over 700,000 dollars in funds and donations from supporters in the U.S. and throughout the worlds. Repeatedly tabling out front on the sidewalk in Zuccotti Park, hundreds of people came up to me and thanked me for holding the space here at Zuccotti.
I then realized what a significant role our homeless people had been silently playing the entire time as evidenced by this most important truth: since the NYPD commando raid on November 15, 2011, our NYC OWS Donations have completely dried up!
Today, right now, most of our homeless occupiers are angry and upset with the General Assembly because they feel they have been dismissed and truncated.
Therefore I propose that in honor of the role that our homeless occupiers have played and continue to play in holding the sacred space at the center of our movement, that this NYC OWS General Assembly allocate and pass the sum of $150,000 to lease or purchase a building or empty lot for our movement and homeless to occupy.
Respectfully submitted by Homeless Occupier Douglas W.
A 20 year international activist and independent journalist.