Here’s something you don’t see every day: Occupiers who are undeterred by the threat of a shower:
The few hundred protesters gathered under rainy skies in a park about a half-mile from the GOP convention on Sunday said an impending hurricane that is supposed to dump heavy rains on Tampa won’t deter them from trying to get out their message that America needs to change, especially for the middle class.
Giant blocks of ice spelling out the words “middle class” are melting on a warm, sticky days. Occupy protesters say it represents the melting away of the middle class in America.
That message rings true for 52-year-old Tom Gaurapp and Cheryl Landecker from Freeport, Ill. Both worked for Sensata Technologies in the city of some 25,000 people and say 170 jobs there, including their own, were outsourced to China. Occupy is a left-leaning protest group of people in their mid-20s who generally believe that the financial system is stacked against a majority of people.
Gaurapp and Landecker say that just a few years ago, they never would have considered joining such a protest.
“But then again, we wouldn’t have dreamed our jobs would have gone to China,” Gaurapp said.
The weather isn’t a deterrent to 52 year-old Donald Butner, who says he’s been sleeping at the Occupy camp in Tampa for a few months and that “we’re here, baby, rain or shine. The weather is going to do what it is going to do.”
Maybe he’d have better luck finding a job if he wasn’t sitting for months at a time in Camp Stinky waiting for somebody to come and hire him… ya think?