Occupy the Snowstorm! Yesterday was day 43 of Occupy Wall Street, and we were hit by a freak snow storm. As is “the new normal” in this era of rapid climate change, record breaking extreme weather and storms are happening everywhere. It was particularily unusual to have a huge snowstorm like this while trees were still in full leaf, causing serious power outages affecting 1.8 million people, according to the New York Times. At Occupy Wall Street, it also offered a taste of the challenges ahead when a more lasting winter weather settles. Spirits were strong with the people I interviewed, and the love was alive. There is some question as to how long we can stay, especially as conditions worsen. There are those that hope the movement will simply disappear. Not likely. Yes, no doubt we will contract, but let’s use the coming changing season to go deeper, plant our roots and then burst up with the spring sun, and take this movement even further. Indications that we are in for the long run include a planned gathering of Occupy Together movements from all the different cities on July 6th, 2012. There will be some hardy souls who keep on camping through the winter. For those of us who just can’t do that, keep coming down, bring hot chocolate, music, and winter fun. Check out one of the Occupy Winter facebook pages for ideas of how you can help. We are just beginning. The time is now. Stay warm and stay strong!