OccupyMN’s Longhouse Construction Plan Falls Flat

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Occupy Minnesota protesters moved around Minneapolis Sunday afternoon looking for a place to build a symbolic longhouse, but at each location, authorities told them to stop construction.

Occupy organizers said they planned to build a longhouse on Government Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. They also said that if Hennepin County authorities asked them to stop building the longhouse, they would. That appears to be what happened around 2 p.m. at the Government Plaza.

Occupy organizers said they thought the longhouse might be approved by county authorities because both its end are open, making the structure somewhat different from a tent. They also said that the structure would have been taken down immediately, because it’s construction was meant to be educational.

According to a WCCO-TV photojournalist who was documenting the protesters, after authorities shutdown longhouse construction at Government Plaza, protesters moved the project to private property behind the courthouse, where a security guard also told protesters to stop construction.

The protesters then planned to walk to Gold Medal Park to construct the longhouse. But on the way to the park, an argument flared up between the protesters, and many left left the group.

The structure protesters attempted to build is a large, single-room building. Protesters planned to use a longhouse as a winter meeting place for their assembly and various committees.

Protesters said the longhouse symbolizes their constitutional right to assemble peacefully – something that protesters say Hennepin County infringed upon when it put in place new protest restrictions earlier this week.

The longhouse is also a throwback to the 1983 Minnesota Women’s Camp for Peace and Justice in St. Paul, occupy organizers said. In that demonstration, which protested nuclear weapons, women slept all winter in an insulated structure on government property.

  • Al Bert

    When are our so called leaders going to get serious and protect the vast majority’s rights and kick these punks out. if you or I did this we would be arrested. Why aren’t they?

    • brent

      I am an officer of the rights, and looking at the laws, they can legally build a longhouse or shorthouse on any railroad tracks they want. Someone should tell them that.

      • A Voter

        @ Officer Brent, Go polish your badge, and spit shine your shoes.

      • jackactionhero

        False. Nobody can build or place anything on any railroad tracks, ever.

    • Er Knee

      “The longhouse is necessary for their participatory democracy,”

      What planet are these zombies from?

      • ted

        These goofballs don’t need a longhouse. They need a workhouse.

    • jackactionhero

      The Constitution of this country grants us the right to peacefully assemble to protest our government.

      Do you also advocate overthrowing the Constitution?

      • Chains

        Do you think that you or I could build a house on public property?

        • jackactionhero

          Are you going to answer the question or play games by attempting a redirect?

  • A Voter

    I would say that the 99% of Minnesotans that these people represent are a Majority.
    Why would anyone making less than $400,000.00 a year not support them?

    • Stop Assuming

      I AM one of the 99 percent – I struggle to make $30,000 per year – but these buffoons do NOT represent me. I did NOT give them my authorization to represent me, and I am guessing that a large percentage of Minnesotans also did not give the protesters authorization to represent them either. That is a lie saying that they represent 99 percent of Minnesotans. They are protesting against the wrong people in the wrong city. As soon as they go to Washington DC and surround the White House and Capitol Hill and camp there, then I will back them.

      • jackactionhero

        You struggle to make 30k???

        How do you own a home and a car and still eat food and have any life whatsoever on 14 bucks an hour?? I wouldn’t even get out of bed for that.

      • Debby

        I agree with Stop Assuming!! These idiots do NOT represent me either!

      • Realist

        You aren’t the 1%. Like it or not, they do represent you.

    • MLK

      That’s a great point, A Voter. And if someone proposed legislation that limited property ownership to only White people and White people make up 60% of the population, why wouldn’t all White people support that?

      I was kidding. Your argument is absurd. Just because a majority of people benefit at the expense of a minority doesn’t make it good policy. The “99%” are split over whether government should have an aggressive tax policy for high incomes or if government ought to stop growing and becoming more involved in picking winners and losers, instead sticking to its enumerated powers.

  • Kevin

    Come build a place on my land….BATTER UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bill Clintons Cigar

      I am with your brother! If they are too stupid to protest Congress, Bush and Obami….than they derseve us….playing ball….MORONS….

    • IMA POS Kevin

      Like I said, you have untreated mental issues.
      A. you say you hate people. Tough way to go through life. Did meet a person who lived in a cabin with a solar collector for energy and a wood stove. He still needed other people.

      B. you want to do harm to people who in no way affect you. You then go to name calling to denigrate people you have no clue about

      • Kevin

        Liberal….blah blah blah…..blah blah…..welfare….blah…..welfare…..blah blah….levy….union….levy….blah…blah….blah….diversity…..blah blah blah…..tax increase…..blah blah blah….bush….blah blah blah….wall street….blah blah blah….banks….blah blah blah…evil….morons dont see that Bush…Obami….Congress ,,,,,greedy Americans….. = the problem….BATTER UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Cindy

          Kevin, that is the best post I has seen in a long time. thanks.

        • IMA POS Kevin

          @ Kevin. Blah blah, my point proven, see what happened to your previous comment.

        • HDMC

          Allow me to retort,
          Blah blah blabbity blah… blah blah …forclosure… blah blah… hippy bs…blah blah… individual accountability….glbt is ok, but no christ allowed… blah blah..imigration out, colonization in…blah blah Christmas is on a sunday.

          • jackactionhero

            “glbt is ok, but no christ allowed”

            What is the meaning of this comment please?

      • IMA POS Kevin

        Kevin makes diddly for an income, why would the protesters care about him? They stand in the plaza and go blah blah blah. If the protest was about hate there would be violence. The opinions people like you and Kevin is where the problem lies Denigrate people,, make the most negative assumptions of people. Keep spewing out hate. Is that the kind of country we should be, a group of hateful people?

  • Occupy MN is a joke

    Arrest these bums.

    • jackactionhero

      For what? You think it’s ok that the rich fatboys club should be able to be in charge of our government and use that opportunity to perpetuate their own richness, but not help anybody else? Really? Sounds to me like you just don’t have your eyes open to what’s happening around you and to you. You’re taking it in the tailpipe and you’re smiling and thanking them. I find that hilarious and pathetic at the same time.

  • Rags

    These liberal losers and union agitators need to be sent packing. Enough is enough. Go move in with Marky Dayton on Summit Avenue. Better yet, go get a job making burgers, Subways, emptying trash, or cleaning MTC buses. Anything. The jobs are there. No shacks on public property.

    • Charles

      Well the lack of jobs is one issue.

      But what about sensible regulation of Wall Street? Does the fact that the market is being guided by supercomputers trading a the same share thousands of times a second bother you?

      What about the fact that the notational valuse of dirivatives market is worth more than the entire planet.

      I think a better arguement is not that Capitalism is bad. But the current form of the finacial industry is unsustainable and dangerous.

      • Charles

        No defenders of the status quo for the derivitives market?

        Where is all that hate you direct at the hippies?

        • Realist

          I’m just as confused. Some of the people here are have no problem regurgitating Fox News talking points or engaging in ad hominem attacks, but they will not even consider what the issues are that these movements are protesting. You see people with signs calling for electoral reform, campaign finance reform, tax reform, etc. Oh, but they don’t know what they are protesting for?

    • Realist

      “The jobs are there.”

      This fantasy world you live in… does it have rides?

  • grannyof3

    Why do these protester get to be on property that someone else needs to spend time and money on the clean it up? How much money has the city spent on this and how much have to protesters spent? This just isn’t right!

    • Realist

      “This just isn’t right!”

      Incorrect. What isn’t right is the fact the system is rigged against us and all you can do is occupy a chair and a keyboard. The protesters are doing exactly what they should be doing… raising awareness. The sooner you realize that corporations and politicians have conspired against us, the sooner we might be able to fix this and they can go home.

    • jackactionhero

      Why do people getting off the light rail get to walk there? Who cleans up after THEM? Same folks.

      Time to start worrying about that which warrants worry, and it sounds like you don’t really know which is which to begin with.

  • Kirk Allen Larson

    Good Idea. Need to be clever about how to go about it. Find a private park close to downtown and get approval prior to building…….Just might find a spot if the word gets out to the right landowner. Keep trying.

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  • Jon Mellberg

    Let’s turn this into a GOP rally. Wait till they get it built, then tear it down. Maybe a pot-luck dinner afterward. I’ll bring the spiced hot cider and a casserole. Who wants to sign up for a dessert and hot cocoa? We’ll probably need a meat and cheese tray as well. Who’s with me?! Let’s have fun with this.

    • Realist

      I can’t afford the $2500 entry fee to attend your GOP rally.

      • Jake

        When has the GOP ever had a fee to participate in a rally? You might be confused by President Obama’s $5,000.00 a plate dinners. Barbara Streisand or George Soros could probably pay your fare for one of those if you swore allegiance to the party.

        • Realist

          Oh yea, that’s right, the GOP isn’t greedy at all. Just bad ole’ Obama!

          • just sayin

            Realist you are a complete idiot.

            • Realist

              Thanks for the intelligent response.

        • Andreas V Zeitgeist

          I’m up for that Jake. I’m one of the organizers of the teach in btw. Contact me on fb.

  • Ralph Malph

    I see a lot of hate in the comments posted here. I would bet most of you say that you are “Christians” what a joke. That is the reason I follow nobody. There is no respect for one another anymore. The mindset seems to be if you don’t agree with me, F&^%you.

    • Realist

      That’s what happens when you provide the common man with anonymity. The vast majority of these people would change their tone if we could see their faces.

      • realist basher

        Smoke a pole.

        • Realist

          That’s your contribution to the conversation? Wow. And people say the protesters are uneducated.

      • Andreas V Zeitgeist

        I’ll never change my tone. Come find me down at Occupy and see who I am. My name is Professor Zeitgeist.

      • mike

        I guess that`s why you posted your real name.Realist right?

  • Murph

    The pitiful truth is that people in power have no real morals,no real intelligence and no regard for anyones future but their own.Both major political parties erred in not factoring in the wealth of consumers they once had in retirees, public employees and an orderly system of replacing retirees with those lower paid new employees that could have been hired yesterday but will now have to wait! Instead they took away purchasing power from everyone except those with too much money and they are planning more of it! WE are to blame too.For electing backwards self serving easily bought cadres of fibbing fumblers with dreams of granduer and wealth.It should have been a glorious time of turn over and change.Congress should be dissolved!

  • Naomi

    You can blame the banks, you can blame the rich, you can blame the earthquakes, sunamis, fires, and storms but at the end of the day you will find only one person that deserves the blame for this economy. His anti-business agenda has crippled our economy and it will not recover until he is out of office. Obamacare, card check, cap and tax, devaluation of the dollor, massive debt, and thousands of new regulations have strangled business to a point that it makes no fiscal sense to expand and add employees. So we will sit at 9% unemployment and extremely low growth in GDP until November of next year. So please direct your anger in the right direction and vote accordingly.

    • AntiTeabagger

      Do you really think one man, the POTUS is responsible for all of this? You Naomi are an idiot. If this were true, then the POTUS can wave his magic wand and make it all better for you too. Stop living in fantasy world and wake up. I think you post things on here just to sound important.

      • Naomi

        what are you 10 years old.

        • AntiTeabagger

          No but did spend over 10 years in the Military, took the money I received for school and got an education, obviously you didn’t get one. Learn what the real world is about before you knocked down into your place.

        • jackactionhero

          I’m guessing a 10 year old could debate you right off your chair, Naomi, because you haven’t made an intelligent comment yet. I still don’t know if I should be amused, or embarrassed for you.

    • Realist

      Oh shut up for crying out loud. Obama isn’t the sole person responsible for the economy. I don’t like Obama either, but baseless attacks are just stupid.

      • Naomi

        Every point I made has been echoed by many major CEOs, small business association, and every business owner I know and I know alot.

        • jackactionhero

          You don’t know what you’re talking about, and neither do the fictitious business owners and CEOs you don’t know or have any affiliation with.

          • Naomi

            oh yes I do but keep living in denial and keep marching and keep protesting and keep blaming everything except who is at fault. A poll released today showed 61% strongly disapprove of Obama, shouldn’t you jump ship while you still can do it with some dignity?

            • Realist

              Go take a look at a similar poll of how many people support OWS.

            • jackactionhero

              So you voted for Sarah Palin to be a heart attack away from the Oval Office, but you’re telling me that you know what’s what, eh?

              Sorry, that doesn’t pass muster.

    • mike

      You`re absolutely right,naomi,but you left out one other person to blame,themselves.

      jackactionhero said he wouldn`t get out of bed for 30,000.

      they claim there`s no jobs.What they`re really saying is there`s no jobs they want to do.They think they`re ENTITLED to be paid better.

  • Ralph Spoilsport

    Send the protesters to Somalia. We’ve got more than enough of them here too, on welfare.

    I’m not Christian and they don’t represent me. I’m not in the top 1% but I pay my bills and I don’t buy stuff I can’t afford.

    • Realist

      “I pay my bills and I don’t buy stuff I can’t afford.”

      Do you really believe that’s what this is all about?

      • Jake

        Yes. Yes, it is. That, and the fact that somehow public employees are having their “fundamental rights” infringed when they cannot demand to make 30% more than private sector workers with pensions that the state cannot (and should not have to) afford.

        This is a shell game. If times are so tough for these folks, how many of them do not have a smartphone? I should be careful, because the Democrats will probably stack the Supreme Court with Justices who will find a fundamental right to an “iPhone” in the shadows and emanations of the Constitution, if that’s what their interest groups want.

        • jackactionhero

          You are completely confused about what the Occupy movement is even protesting. You’ve decided to make up their reasons all by yourself and then declare them to be the truth. That isn’t how it works, Jake.

          • backfire

            Occupy movements are confused themselves, about what exactly they are protesting!

            And then as the article has stated – an arguement took place, and half left the group?! LOL!!!!!

            • Realist

              “Occupy movements are confused themselves, about what exactly they are protesting!”

              No, that’s what you are being told. If you took a minimal amount of effort to learn about it, without watching Fox News, you will learn what their grievances are.

        • Realist

          I’m sorry, but you are dead wrong. Get your facts from somewhere other than Fox & Friends.

    • Ralph Malph

      Don’t send the protesters to Somalia, send the Somalians to Somalia. Things need to change and soon. It’s not hard to figure out. You work, you get paid, you don’t work you don’t get paid. If you keep feeding a stray dog it keeps coming back..
      No handouts to anybody ever. Those of us that work will be much better off.

  • Andreas V Zeitgeist

    The Teach-In was a success. Over 25 people learned how to build a Communal Longhouse. We are prepared to Occupy throughout the whole winter. If you have issues you feel we are not addressing, come on down and exercise your first amendment right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    • haha


  • Murph

    Beam me up Scotty! This trembling blue orb of polluted water and hungry hobos is about to explode! The fascists like “Tony Montana” will have the world at their feet ,unfortunately few will survive the process they have chosen to get there!

  • Diddley Doo

    What is real? I have met, talked with, and have seen GLBT folks but I have never met or seen this Christ fella.

  • Chains

    Anybody but me think it’s funny that there are people making a lot of money off the Occupywhateverthehellyouwant movement by merchandising and trademarking slogans? Kind of ironic

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