The Occupy Wall Street Movement is starting to make more and more money as the days drag on, as of October 18, 2011 has made $435,000.
At Zuccotti Park in Manhattan where the protest is location, lock boxes are set up where donations have totaled $8,000 a day while an in-person donation was $85,000.
The person in change of the money plays an important role
The man in charge of the money is Darrell Prince, 31 who is and activist with a business background.
“Its way more support than we ever thought would come in,” he said.
Getting back the money
Protesters are being reimbursed by the donations according to Prince who says that protesters are spending money in many different places and for their basic necessities.
- $1,500 a day on food
- $2,000 laundry bill for sleeping bags, jackets, and sweaters
- $20,000 on equipment like laptops, cameras, and streaming video of the protest online.
Many donations besides money have been coming in:
2) Cans of Food
3) Camping Equipment
4) Swim Goggles
The Lock Boxes
The boxes are used for most of the donations and the movement follows a simple routine, people walking by are able to drop their coins and bills in.
Then volunteers gather the boxes and bring them to a central point, and then they are taken to a office space that was also a gift from a New York union. There are no plans as of yet on how to spend the money but $100 a day are given to working groups such as sanitation, medical, finance, and media.
“The volunteers we recruit for the wok generally have experience running their own businesses or haves worked in the industry,” Prince said.
Winterizing the Movement
With no end in site to the movement, the immediate plan is to figure out how to survive the upcoming winter in New York. Daniel Levine, 26, a musician from Brooklyn knows the importance of and the immediacy of getting ready to winter.
“The movement needs to winterize. The fund could be used to help buy frost-proof clothing and other equipment to keep protesters warm,” he said. I’m flabbergasted there’s this much money, but in a way, I’m not surprised, considering the sentiments that we all share now of being disenfranchised.”
Even Prince has to agree with the significance of acquiring winter equipment before the snow comes.
“A lot people say we need to get an indoor space in addition to the outdoor encampment,” he said.
Donations can be given online using the following link:
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