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Scenes from a ‘wake for the middle class’

Protesters participate in a "New Orleans-style wake for the middle class."
MinnPost photo by Steve Date
Protesters participate in a “New Orleans-style wake for the middle class.”

The American Dream movement, and OccupyMN joined forces Sunday to hold a “New Orleans-style wake for the middle class” at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza in Minneapolis followed by a march to the Metrodome just before the Vikings-Packers game.

According to an email invitation from a MoveOn member, the event was organized to “highlight the jobs and security the middle class has lost during this economic crisis, celebrating our reawakening and discussing our journey back to a just and viable economy via the Contract for the American Dream.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Patrick Wells on 10/27/2011 - 09:57 am.

    Please Sign the petition:

  2. Submitted by Sandy Ahlstrom on 10/30/2011 - 08:50 am.

    Hurrah for Steve Date’s coverage of our event!! At MoveOn; American Dream and Occupy, we continue to call the public’s attention to the real causes of our desparate economy. . . we feel street theater can be one of the most engaging methods to get folks involved. Like satire, it really makes us think!
    Those of us in the 99% have witnessed the outsourcing of our jobs, the foreclosure of our homes and now attacks on our voting rights, our public education-higher education and women’s rights. We are bolder together and so we unite, power to the people we cry. . . bring the banksters, corporatists and military complex to justice for what they’ve done to our economy. Peaceful protesters are being arrested but not these monied interests. Ask the top 1% to pay their fair share as they have pospered over the past 30 years while the middle class and working class has paid dearly.

  3. Submitted by Sandy Ahlstrom on 10/30/2011 - 08:53 am.

    Is there a way to contact Steve Date to see if I can obtain some of the photos he took at the event. We want to donate to Jocephus, our horn player, who lead our parade that day. He could use a tip to help him through the days and we thot he would love to see his picture. .
    Please contact me, Steve!

  4. Submitted by Steve Date on 10/30/2011 - 04:33 pm.

    Thanks, Sandy. My email address is

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