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In solidarity with occupation of Wall Street: Occupy Minnesota starts Oct. 7

By staff

_Theme is ‘People before profits’ _

Minneapolis, MN – With the theme of “People before profits” and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, a similar occupation will start on Friday, Oct. 7 at 9:00 a.m. in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis occupation will be at Government Plaza (300 South 6th Street, downtown Minneapolis). The Occupy MN movement has already renamed it “People’s Plaza.” This is one of many ongoing occupations that have sprung up around the country since the Wall Street occupation began on Sept. 17.

Brad Sigal, an activist with MIRAc and the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout is supporting the OccupyMN movement. He said, “OccupyMN’s message of ‘people before profits’ is on target. People can see that the big corporations and the rich really have all the power in this country, while working and poor people are ignored by the government. We’ve faced years of unending economic crisis, budget cuts, unemployment, foreclosures, growing debt and endless wars. Now is the time to join together, stand up and say enough is enough. People should come join and support the occupation.”

Kim DeFranco, a member of the Welfare Rights Committee, is also supporting OccupyMN. She said, “Year after year the politicians at the capitol cut welfare and attack any program that benefits the poor. The politicians just do what the banks and the rich tell them to do. We’re coming together with others in OccupyMN to stop that. We demand that the rich pay for the economic crisis, not the rest of us.”

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