Delawareans sympathetic to the cause of the Occupy Wall Street movement are sending an SUV loaded with supplies to Manhattan.
Blankets, gloves, hats, sleeping bags and other items were picked up in each of Delaware’s three counties on Columbus Day. Protests against what they call corporate greed have lasted several weeks and are spreading to other cities, including Philadelphia.
The Delaware donations resulted from a grassroots campaign to spread the word about the Wall Street demonstrations and their purpose, according to Steve Tanser of Delaware Liberal, a web-based political network and blog.
“With the financial crisis, which was really created by the the banks and by lax regulation, the only people who haven’t suffered are the corporations themselves and the people who work for them,” Tanser said. “They’re making as much money, if not more than ever.”
“There’s a big difference between haves and have-nots,” added Chris Chalfant, who along with Tanser oversaw the collection effort at Wilmington’s riverfront. “People are struggling and suffering and I don’t know how long that can go on before they take to the streets.”
Joe Casarino, a carpenter who lives in New Castle, dropped off a bag of supplies during the lunch hour. “Corporations are too mixed-up in our governments right now,” Casarino said. “Money goes from Wall Street, from these corporations to our government. Then, it doesn’t come back to us. We’re not getting the work.”