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OccupyMN launches in downtown Minneapolis

OccupyMN protesters assembling at Hennepin County Goverment Plaza.
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
OccupyMN protesters assembling at Hennepin County Goverment Plaza.

The Occupy Wall Street protests are spreading across the country, and they have arrived in Minnesota. I’ve collected tweets and images from the first hours of the protest and embedded them below. There is also live, streaming video of the OccupyMN protest. Will you be joining the protests? Are you already there? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. What is it like this morning? What are your hopes for the protest as it moves forward? Is there anything you’d like to see done differently here, having followed or participated in the New York City protests?

Also, here is the schedule for this first day:

9 a.m. — Event begins (Welcome table and greeters ready)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Set up
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Workshops/lunch
5 p.m. — Welcoming celebration and rally
7 p.m. — Opening general assembly
11 p.m. – Plaza quiet hours

More at the Occupy Minnesota website.

I spoke with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak this morning as the protest was beginning. Here is what he had to say:

A value throughout all of my work has been to spend more time and money where there is more need. It is something I learned as a kid at my parents drugstore in a neighborhood where many kids were not as lucky as me. The rapid concentration of wealth at the very top makes that work more important today. I welcomed the organizations to my office and I brought in the Chief of Police. I plan to walk across the street and say hello — not necessarily sanctioning anything that has been said, but making it clear that they have a right to speak their mind in our city.

Here is Rybak’s official statement on the protests.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Phyllis Stenerson on 10/07/2011 - 11:12 am.

    You betcha I’ll be there! This is the time. We are the people. All 99% of us. The media, public policy wonks and “opinion makers” are now taking this Occupy movement seriously, as well they should. My message to my fellow 99ers: stay involved! Pick a niche that resonates with you and dive in – at least for the next 13 months minimum. America is at a tipping point and it MUST tip forward toward liberty and justice for ALL.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/07/2011 - 11:30 am.

    “Hell no, we won’t go!”

    Oh wait, wrong script.

  3. Submitted by Dee Ann Christensen on 10/07/2011 - 12:33 pm.

    Although this has been described as a “youth movement”, two of my friends and I are going to make a statement about this movement transcending the generations. We are old, proud and committed.

  4. Submitted by Virginia Martin on 10/07/2011 - 12:56 pm.

    It isn’t a youth movement. I’m going and I’m old old old. I am also a wise woman and I have seen these things before–but not been part of them for the most part–and this one seems really important with possible major transformations of our culture and economic life.
    Jibe all you want. Your comments have nothing to do with us.

  5. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 10/07/2011 - 01:16 pm.

    Go Team!

  6. Submitted by Alec Timmerman on 10/07/2011 - 02:29 pm.

    The original Tea Party directly targeted a private corporation that had too much influence on their government.

    The Occupiers are directly targeting private corporations that have too much influence on their government.

    The fake 2010 Tea Party targeted only the government and increased/protected the undue power of private corporations over our government.

    Who are the real patriots? and who would have actually served the king and his money?

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