Occupy MN gets law enforcement OK for occupation of Government Plaza

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So far, so nice for Occupy MN.
In a series of meetings held over the past couple of days, Occupy MN organizers have received tentative approval for their plans to camp out in the Hennepin County Government Center plaza starting tomorrow at 9 a.m.

The plaza is public property, but organizers still met with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and the Minneapolis Police Department to discuss their plans. The protestors are converging in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement going on in New York City, and could be there for days if not weeks.

For now, at least, it appears all parties are playing it Minnesota-nice.

Occupy Wall Street has been raging on for three weeks, drawing an estimated 20,000 attendees. Solidarity occupations have popped up in Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, and barely two weeks ago, a group of student in Duluth conceptualized Occupy MN.

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Lead organizer Osha Karow says talks with police have been cordial and productive.
The original posting to the Occupy MN website praises the New York protesters for "demonstrating against corporate greed and the injustices that we face as the 99%," referring to the 99 percent of people they claim are ruled by the other 1 percent. They announced initial plans to occupy the Fed, but later changed the target to the Government Plaza.

Attendance estimates for the event have varied wildly from 200 people to 1,000, though 972 have RSVP'd so far on the Occupy MN Facebook page. Protestors will converge at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning to set up and do workshops, at 5 p.m. there will be an official kick-off rally, and at 7 p.m. the first meeting of the Occupy MN general assembly will take place.

The Hennepin County Sheriff has jurisdiction over the Government Plaza itself, while the Minneapolis police are of course responsible for downtown streets. In meetings with the sheriff, Occupy MN was told they will not need to obtain permits to be there, nor will they be removed so long as they keep things nice and legal. While the sheriff is OK with overnight guests in sleeping bags, things may get a little sticky when it comes to the group's plan to erect a tent city. The sheriff is also iffy about a bank of port-o-potties. Another meeting to iron out these issues is scheduled for this morning.

But so far, so good. Sheriff Rich Stanek was even quoted calling the occupiers "nice people."

A lot can happen in a short amount of time and Occupy MN is in it for the long haul. According to Osha Karow, one of the lead organizers, they do not plan on leaving until Occupy Wall Street's general assembly has had their demands met. We'll keep you updated as the protest continues to evolve.

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ann sutherland
ann sutherland

Minnesotans and Wisconsinites are just like that. We are serious and polite. ;) Shit gets done.

Kirscht Izaac
Kirscht Izaac

This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. This protest is against precisely the state of mind being perpetuated here (and among the 1%). Learn to be ears amongst mouths.

The facts won't ever be right, there are no facts. only truth and the truth is NOT individual.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Ah, this is going to be FUN.  And now we got plenty of rich guy money to back this movement.  Thank you Hollywood elites.  Thank you Mr. Soros.  Thank you Mr. Moore  Thank you Labor Unions.DAMN ARE OUR POCKETS DEEP!!!!

At least we're finally placing the blame where it belongs, the government.

And tell all your parents to pull EVERYTHING they have in their 401k or other retirement program.  The ONE mission that is clear here, to destroy EVERYTHING your parents worked their entire lives for.  Because we are young, and we are dumb, and DAMN IT; it's YOUR fault for allowing me to borrow all this money for a worthless liberal arts degree.

a
a

Everyone who has complained about the economy, about debt, about housing about lobbyists, about not being fairly dealt with by the government should be attending.  If you don;t then roll over like sheep and take it.

green23
green23

Wait a minute. You told everyone that this was going to be violent and destructive - a repeat of the RNC convention.

Now it looks like it will be peaceful and orderly, and your entire narrative shifts 180 degrees.

You don't even take yourself seriously. Why should anyone else?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Additional fun fact when Clinton took office the Dow Jones was at 3200.    Notice a pattern here dumbass? 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Most people's 401ks were wiped out when the Bush economy failed in 2008.   Remember yesterday when I made you look stupid with facts.   Bush inherited a Dow nearly 11,000, when he left office it was 8000 now Obama has it back to 11,000.    Stop saying the same old lies you idiot.   

OZ
OZ

Sorry but worthless liberal arts degrees didn't wipe out 25-40% of the value of 401k's across the nation, irresponsible investment decisions on Wall Street did. 

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

We get it.  You hate society, you sociopath.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Yep, if it goes on long enough IT WILL!

The protesters were rushing police lines last night and taking a clubbing and pepper spray from the police.OHHH the peacefulness...

And BTW, google my shit.  Facts and logic, and NONE of it comes from FOX.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Additional fun fact-

The Clinton administration signed the most sweeping banking deregulation bill in American history, lifting virtually all restraints on the operation of the giant monopolies which dominate the financial system.Bill Clinton's "Financial Services Modernization Act" of 1999 would do away with restrictions on the integration of banking, insurance and stock trading imposed by the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, one of the central pillars of Roosevelt's New Deal.

So one could say these protestors are protesting Bill Clinton.  

Bill Clinton set the stage for "EVIL GREEDY BANKS" to bend us all over.  

Most of us, unlike yourself, don't appreciate that sort of thing.

Bill Clinton really stuck it to the American people.  Like a bomb planted years before...

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

the Jerk can't see anything that doesn't help his agenda...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"Make me look stupid" says the man that portrays a woman.  Good one!

Peoples 401K's are not invested into the DOW 30.  Your 11,000 number is fictitious when it comes to this argument.

Peoples 401K's are usually diversified into components of the DOW, Nasdaq, and S&P.  And MOST peoples (and I mean MOST) 401k's are invested into OIL products and services.   Who hates oil, and essentially tries to destroy your parents 401K? 

Anyway quit ignoring facts fool.  The Democrat policies CAUSED the housing collapse.  Many banks including corporations like insurance giant AIG traded in mortgage backed securities.  Millions of people defaulted on their mortgages.  These securities became junk paper.  So why did these people get loans they obviously could not afford?  Who denied the mortgage crisis existed before it happened? Who tried to save America from the Housing Bubble?

Barney Frank in 2003 - ''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''

President Bush proposed regulatory reforms in 2003, but Congress took no action. In 2005, John McCain and three other GOP senators proposed a strong reform bill. It died when Democrats threatened a filibuster. The principal recipient of Fannie Mae's largesse was Sen. Chris Dodd (D., Conn.), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. No. 2 was Barack Obama.Mr. Dodd was also the second largest recipient in the Senate of contributions from Countrywide's political action committee and its employees, and the recipient of a home loan from Countrywide at well below market rates. The No. 1 senator on Countrywide's list? Barack Obama.

Dave
Dave

1  percent  of society that takes most of the pie, and leaves the crumbs for everyone else.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

But a protest that didn't happen in minneapolis doesn't fit his agenda, he can't talk about that.  He has to talk about how 10 people tried forcing themselves through a police barricade and it erupted in horrific violence, cause that somehow "proves his point"  don't you mind the other 19,982 people that WEREN'T involved in violence...they weren't there....

green23
green23

Kirk wrote:"The protesters were rushing police lines last night and taking a clubbing and pepper spray from the police."

In Minneapolis? The article, my comment, and your prediction concerned the Minneapolis OWS protests, not NYC.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Actually, everything you just said details your selfishness.  Which, coincides with the DSM4 definition for a sociopath.

keep on trucking though, one of these days we'll see if you express any idea that doesn't have sociopathic undertones.

tl
tl

I could argue with you all day, kirk.  FACT is, You exude nearly every symptom of being a sociopath.  I honestly feel bad for you.  I think you should seek therapy.

http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.ht...

check that one over, you meet a lot of the DSM4 criteria for a sociopath.  Please, for your sake, and the sake of those around you, seek help.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Well, don't you sound smart.  Could you make me a list with detailed examples of how "I cant see".Or is your intent to smear my character without fact based logic, only rhetoric?

See, unlike yourself, I lived the first half of my drug riddled life as a democrat.  Oh ya, I was one big liberal while emerged in drugs, alcohol and women.I got clean, and wallah, I became a conservative. Unlike most of you people, I stood in your shoes.  I know how you think.

So, one could say, you're just ignorant due to lack of experience or education on the matter of being a conservative.

look over on the right side of the page.  See the link that says - U.S. Rastafarian is Exempt from Probation pot testing" under the blog "toke of the town"Jami is one of my oldest and dearest friends.  It goes MUCH, MUCH further than "Probation pot testing".  He is exempt from DNA testing.  He can LEGALLY possess marijuana anywhere and anytime.   Police apologize to him after questioning or harassing him about his possession of pot.  His 14 year old kid is also exempt from ALL laws regarding pot.   he did this all by self representation and the use of a public defender. Have I BLOWN your Mind yet?  Would you all like to see his Court transcript when all this came into fruition? 

My knowledge and experiences go much deeper than most of you give me credit for.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You are so annoying and ridiculous.   How is anyone supposed to have a discussion with an idiot like you?   Every post you put up contradicts your previous post.   So you hate socialism but you also hate Bill Clinton's deregulation?   Which is it kirk the liar?  Everything you say is just a Fox News lie.   All Presidents will look bad if you pick and choose every little thing they did.   Fact is Clinton inherited a weak economy and made it strong.   Bush took that strong economy and ran it into the ground.  If Clinton's policies were so bad why didn't mega genius George W. Bush change them?   Obama hasn't been perfect but overall he has done way more harm than good. I give Obama some slack because Republicans are completely dedicated to hurting Obama even if it hurts America.  That America hatred also explains why Tea Party idiots like you boo active duty soldiers while cheering death.    It's impossible to talk sense to an idiot Republican like you because you aren't ruled by facts or logic.  The leaders of your movement are people like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry.  (Complete idiot liars)   

P.S. I"m curious how you cite lack of education as a reason a person isn't a conservative.  After all you have told everyone on this board you are a loser that doesn't even make $30,000. Every post you make is filled with poor grammar and spelling errors.   Exactly how educated are you stupid lying kirk?  I just don't see how any education short of brain washing could possibly make me think Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin need access to nuclear weapons. 

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