Updated 10/28/2011 09:18 AM
Albany occupiers fight corporate greed and snow
Albany got pelted with some early wet snow, and Occupy protesters were doing everything they could to stay warm while they stayed the night. Our Erin Vannella reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "The whole purpose is to show the city and everyone we're willing to stay through any form of weather, snow, sleet or rain," said Albany resident Chris.
And they got it all Thursday, a somewhat unexpected seasonal challenge put to Albany occupiers. Is the cause worth the fight to stay warm?
"Whatever has to be done will be done eventually in due time," said Albany resident Jalani Willis.
"It's rough," said Albany resident Joanne Farrell. 'It gives you a new understanding of what it's like to be homeless."
Tarping their summer tents, occupiers winterized Academy Park and are spending the money they've collected on heat.
"We have about 40 to 50 of these tent heaters coming in and our finance is taking care of that so that we can keep individuals warm," said Chris. "We're working out a way to keep people outside at least dry and somewhat warm."
There's food and drinks, too, most donated.
"Someone would drive up or come up and hand us a pie or some donuts, some pizza," said Willis. "It's pretty nice."
"For most of them, it works. If you have a need, fill it," said Farrell. "If something's out, throw it out. If somebody needs shoes, get their size and find someone that has a pair."
But occupiers aren't super-human. Many admitted they were going home to sleep, keeping their tents in place to return in the morning.
"What would be the mark of success to make you all go home?" our reporter asked.
"It depends," said Willis. "It's different for each person you know. Change. Because the way things work now, aren't working."