In the six weeks since the group first gathered in lower Manhattan, it has become increasingly better organized. Its “working groups” have multiplied from a handful to 79, including those tasked with organizing the movement’s public demands and handling the movement’s media, alternative banking and sustainability needs, among many others.
But the Comfort Working Group is likely to play a particularly important role as Occupy prepares for winter. Since Week 1, the Comfort Working Group has been accepting donations of hats, gloves and blankets. It has been endeavoring to keep those who sleep in the park warm at night. On Saturday, many protesters remained in their tents, out of the harsh weather, but true to their promise, they didn’t leave.