Despite the winter temperatures, Occupy Columbia protestors are still at the Statehouse and in good spirits, they insist. “As far as it being cold, it is very cold,” organizer Melissa Harmon said, “We are working on getting a winterization teach-in going. We’re getting a few of us from the South a little better prepared, but right now its a lot of layers, you know, sleeping bags, blankets, tarps.”
The group, which has drawn other “Occupy” members from around the state, held a general assembly again Tuesday morning after moving their belongings out of the way of the Statehouse grounds crew.
The group hold such meetings every morning to review their daily agenda and to discuss any issues affecting the group. The protestors will be setting up tables on the University of South Carolina campus and will be conducting marches to help spread awareness.
Harmon doesn’t see things slowing down anytime soon. “Things have been really good.,” she said, “We’re starting to get a lot more involvement. You start to have a little quiet, but were starting to get organized. We came into this a little organized, so we had to go from that to being a full-organizing, functioning unit.”
The group planned a march on the Columbia City Council meeting later Tuesday.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Thomas Kenney contributed to this report