I’ve emailed this to a number of labor unions in New York and plan to mail it to many more as time permits; I post it here so as to invite feedback. --------------------------------------- Please support yourselves. It has been said that “the enemy of my enemy is my ally”, truer words were perhaps never spoken. After all, supporting ones enemies only invites betrayal, and turning ones back on a friend in need only encourages them to turn their backs on you in your desperate hour. While the occupy wall street protesters may, on the surface, appear to be “going in all directions” and supporting a number of issues that you may not be inclined to support, there is no denying that their overriding focus and the primary reason for their protest is to oppose the corporate corruption of Washington. These are the same corporations who lobby endlessly and with ferocious venom to strip away your right to negotiate for fair wages, protect your jobs from needless downsizing (downsizing that only benefits Wall Street), and bribing politicians to oppose you, even when such opposition is not in the best interests of the United States of America. The fact is that while you may not agree with everything they say, the occupy Wall Street protesters are the enemy of your enemy. While I know that you have already lent tremendous support to the occupy Wall Street movement and that such support is far from free, I am humbly writing to ask you, or rather to plead with you, to support them one more time. As you may know, the occupy Wall Street protesters have had their propane heaters and camp stoves taken by the conservative mayor Bloomberg (citing minor fire code)just as a major cold spell has moved in, in an attempt to end the protest. And it could work. That kind of deep cold can have a tremendous psychological impact when one is exposed to it twenty four hours a day with no means to escape it for even a moment, or even cook hot food to provide some relief. This could, and most likely will wear down the protesters resolve until they simply cave in and walk away from the protest; however there are a few inexpensive items that may help them. If the protesters had DC to AC power converters such as these Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more Car batteries and chargers such as these Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more and these Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more and electric heaters and camp stoves like these Google and these fire safe ceramic heaters Das/roadpro - 12V Direct Hookup Ceramic Heater/Fan - Portable Heaters - Camping World they would have the sources of heat and energy to weather the cold without violating any new York city fire codes. With the batteries and chargers, the protesters could charge the batteries in their apartments or where ever there’s A/C power, and swap out charged batteries for dead to have heat and hot food 24/7. Of course brand names aren’t important; all that’s important is that the inverters have the amperage capacity to run the stoves. As a concerned citizen who recognizes that the wall street corruption of Washington harm the country and therefore all its citizen’s, I implore you to help the protest as I myself would do if I had the monetary recourses to fly to new York and by them the necessary items myself.