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Everyone wants to be their families and friends on holidays, but for more than a hundred Occupy DC protestors, the holiday will be spent outdoors fighting cold winds without even a special meal planned.
Brent came up to Washington, D.C. from Miami a few weeks ago, leaving sun and beaches for the cold. But instead of heading indoors on this chilly weekend, he's spending his stay outside, protesting.
"Let this holiday be about families coming together and make it more about peace and love rather than mindless consumerism, which is really what the corporations want us to do," he says. "They've perverted this family holiday into a spend fest, just mindless consumerism."
Occupy DC protestors expect some of the hundreds of activists who left for the holiday will not come back. But they remain optimistic that their numbers will continue to grow throughout the winter months, and especially in the spring and summer.