OccupyMN Protesters Brave Snow, Battle Foreclosures

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Occupy Wall Street protesters said they won’t let the snow stop them from spreading their message.

Protesters plan to spend the night Saturday in makeshift tents at the Hennepin County Government Plaza, but authorities might have different plans. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department said that if the temperature falls below 25 degrees or if a significant amount of snow falls, protesters would have to leave the plaza.

The protesters said they’d stay until forced to leave.

“We do intend to keep a presence here through the winter,” one protester said. “I’m not sure how many over the winter, but our goal is to continue to keep people here.”

The protesters are also looking for an organization to sponsor them so they can hold meetings indoors during the winter months.

Occupy Foreclosed Homes

Along with Occupying the Government Plaza, protesters are occupying the foreclosed home of a University of Minnesota professor.

Saturday, protesters prevented firefighters from boarding up a home by turning themselves into a human chain.

“Ain’t no power like the power of the people, ‘cause the power of the people don’t stop,” the protesters chanted while standing around the home, which is located on 25th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Police responded to the house occupation, but no one was arrested.

“We are here to send a message to U.S. Bank to demand that they need to negotiate with families…to keep them in their homes,” one protester said. “Because having an empty house on our block isn’t good for anyone.”

A similar protest is being held at one other home in Minneapolis.

  • Joe Hanson

    “The protesters are also looking for an organization to sponsor them so they can hold meetings indoors during the winter months.”

    Will they be wearing the organizations logo on the clothing?

  • Sue J

    well noe that the Unions, ACLU, and the Socialist Party are with them, they have showed their true colors.

    • Jesus Saves

      Yes…they are for the common person. Open your eyes.

      • Phid

        They certainly aren’t for me, and I can’t afford a $5000 laptop or a $300,000 like some of them can.

        • Matt

          Clearly you don’t know why they are protesting. They aren’t for $5000 laptops.. They are for Justice for those who had their money stolen from bad housing loans and big ceos that too bailout money and kept it for themselves

          • DougT

            Hahahahhahaha – right – hahahahah –

            And Justice is defined as?? Destroying the Rule of Law and Contracts between adults??

            HAhahahaha – you are too funny. Or else very naive

            Come on – these clowns, thugs and professional crybabies are not worth noting, and I would hope WCCO and others stop giving them any attention at all – as they deserve none.

  • jackactionhero

    The majority of these “protesters”,myself included,will be returning to the comfort of Mom & Dads basement for the winter. I miss my XBox360 & the free meals & laundry service. I’ll also have acess to a shower & toothbrush.

  • Sam I am

    Your message is one of violence, chaos and unlawfulness. Nobody is listening to you. The only thing people are seeing is how you break the laws, and not follow rules.

    You can stay all winter long its not going to make one bit of difference other then you will get a great case of frost bite.

    And the more and more the unions, Obama and the George Soros people are behind you the less likely it is Obama will ever be re-elected.

  • redneck purist

    Oh those brave, brave protesters. Nothing can keep them from their noble, altruistic mission. Not getting a job, or supporting themselves, or cutting their dreds, or bathing. They will not rest until the rich are punished for being better, more driven, and more determined to succeed than they are. Shame on those rich people.


    • A Voter

      You forgot to mention the Presidential Hopeful who lined his pockets with 1.6 million dollars lobbying for those “being better, more driven, and more determined to succeed than they are.” Most definitely, “Shame on those rich people.”

  • Jake

    Wait….a U of M *professor* is being forclosed on?? Are you kidding me?? I thought that those professors were being paid HUGE sums of money, and that’s why tuition rates are skyrocketing, and that’s why graduates are a hundred grand in debt. Maybe we need an ‘in-depth’ story on this professor. Let’s see photos of the home, it’s location, and some personal info on the professor.

    • Gene

      Probably one of the liberal professors than can’t do math or understand economics.

    • Jake

      You can bet the foreclosure is not on a house the professor wants to keep, but rather one where the professor is walking away because there is not equity. U of M. professors make three times the median income of the state. This is like crying when the Queen has to sell jewels to heat her castle.

      • Frankie

        According to the Minnesota daily it is a house that was once owned by a University lecturer. A lecturer is a part time teacher that may or may not be able to get tenure. One tenured, you are a professor. It is amazing how people can take a little misinformation and speculate wildly. Perhaps Jake you might want to consider knowing what you talk about first.

        • Citizen

          Frankie, you will notice that ‘CCO called the lecturer and professor. How can you expect these posters to get their facts right when the “professional journalist” (and I use the term loosely) can’t check their facts?

  • Jesus Saves

    Those protesters are doing more for this country than many of you rubes can ever imagine. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they try to fight you, then you win. This is what change looks like at the start.

    • J Stalin

      Well said, Mr. Lenin.

      • Jesus Saves

        Actually that was Gandhi Mr. High IQ…now slip back into your stupor.

        • C. Sheen

          @Jesus Save…in order to “win”, this group would need to have an objective. Since there is no clearly defined goal, by definition, they can not win.
          Duh, LOSING.

          • Duh indeed

            “Raising awareness” counts as an objective in my book. Does it not count as an objective in your book? If not, please to tell us why not. If so, will you allow that the OWS movement has raised awareness regarding the income gap that exists between the top 1% of our population and the remaining 99% of the population? Were you, a honking, hissing imbecile who actually wants to be represented by the moniker “C. Sheen”, aware of the magnitude of that gap before OWS came along? If you want to pretend you were, do you actually want to deny that others are more aware now of that gap then they were before OWS? Of COURSE more people are aware of that gap now then they were before OWS. Why shouldn’t we regard that as WINNING, bird brain?

  • oh, please, take a bath or something

    So now these folks are saying “squatting” is an acceptable lifestyle? They’re going to “occupy” property that doesn’t belong to them and that helps them get their message out, eh?

    It’s one thing to have a message to deliver, it’s a whole different ball game when laws are broken, people’s rights are infringed upon, property is damaged, and bathing becomes “optional.”

    Any support they had from the mainstream public has been eroded due to their increasingly hostile and ridiculous behavior. I have no sympathy for them and surely don’t support their cause. They, like MN sports teams, are LOSERS – (the Lynx excepted).

  • A Voter

    @ oh, please, take a bath or something,
    So, what would you do to bring attention to the problem, and correct it?

    • Jake

      What problem? The housing market was creamed by bad governmental policy trying to tamper with how people qualify for houses, and countries like Greece want unrealistic policies where the government gives people things the government can’t afford. The market is readjusting to the lost, fake wealth.

      If there is a problem, it’s with people’s false expectation that they can have a lifestyle with luxuries that they do not need and certainly can’t afford. The protesters seem to primarily be people who want instant gratification at someone else’s expense.

      • Phid

        You pretty much nailed it. Our government tried to put home ownership in reach of more people than could afford it. This may have been well-intentioned, but it was unrealistic, and the rest of society ends of paying for this mess. I find that this is one of the hallmarks of liberals – they have these ideas that seem well-intentioned at the time, and they criticize detractors as being “heartless”. But in their ideas simply don’t work, plain and simple.

        • Citizen

          Hey, Phid, contractors overbuilt houses in numbers, price, and size. Trying to put home ownership into more peoples’ reach would have greatly benefited the construction trades, and did, for a while. But, the banks went too far with shady and downright illegal loans. The simple fact is that there are a lot of houses on the market, and empty houses are bad for property values and the tax base—not to mention crime. So, what’s your answer? More empty houses, more homeless, more overbuilding by contractors? The interesting fact right now is that agricultural farmland to grow crops is now worth more than land for housing development–a good trend, in my opinion. As long as humans keep reproducing in staggering numbers, we’re going to need to raze all those unwanted houses to grow crops…..

  • Me

    Let me get this straight….you are prtesting the right of banks to foreclose on homes of people who cannot pay their moratgages. LOL Pay your bills and you won’t have to worry about being forclosed on! Lost your job so you can’t pay the morgage? Find another job! Can’t find anouther job? Touch break, but that’s not the banks problem. I don’t get this. To all of you who are protesting: your thought processes are so distorted it’s alarming- so is your sense of entitlement. Nobody owes you anything. PUKE!

    • Reality sucks

      The message may not be articulate and the delivery poor—but you should get it by now. The individuals we elect to represent us are “bought” and do not work or speak for us.

    • Reality sucks

      The world is in a debt crisis. The world—not just the U.S.

    • Reality sucks

      The planet has 2 billion more people than it can adequately support.

    • Reality sucks

      Inflation is inevitable and we should fear the fact that wages are not. Inflation, alone, will further divide class, devalue American standing in the world and operate as a virus on our personal holdings, accounts, and spending.

    • Reality sucks

      The super committee (all lobby lined pockets with the exception of John Kerry) will not get it done (which may be a blessing in no such disguise). The things that need to be fixed are of no interest to them since hard decisions conflict with election years and, most importantly, their pocket padders. Thus, prolonging our current disposition and teetering on another downgrade.

    • Reality sucks

      Americans have become situated into one of two groups. Some call it the 99% and the 1%. I call it the awakened and the anesthetizers. So, what is that you just don’t get???

  • Citizen

    @me. You better pray your job is secure so you don’t have to eat your words about it being a “tough break” not to find a job. What goes around comes around. When huge corporations and CEOs figure out how to have most (if not all) the money, then there won’t be any jobs or home ownership–you included. The OWS protesters are protesting the vast wealth transfer to the top 1% which is killing our democracy. Certainly it is not about “entitlement.” Wow, that “entitlement” term gets thrown around a lot without any of you CONservatives understanding the definition. A buzz word to inflame the discussion–disgraceful.

  • Kevin

    If these morons vented their anger twoards the real problem creators, I would join them. If they protested against Clinton, Bush, and Obama…oh and Congress…..Id make them coffee and bring them a blanky. This recession has taken its toll on so many that I know. The banking queen Ms. Frank stated that Fannie and Freddie were doing great just months before the crash. I work hard, and I see the upper management in my company racking in the money. While the workers have lost nearly all bennifits and have had their pay cut. I get it. But they are protesting the wrong people….or at best they should add to their list. Oh and all these filthy rich movie stars who go to the protest to “support” them, should be hung in trees….

  • Jake

    Hey frankie, you left out one RELEVANT fact: that this “lecturer” (supposedly an anthropology major), hasn’t even lived in this house for nearly a YEAR AND A HALF. So, a part-time anthropology lecturer can’t make the payments on a house in Mpls.?? Is that really a surprise to anyone with a brain?

  • Bored

    Why is this stuff news? There are like 4 people camping out….

  • Rasputin

    The mortgage company sold the house and is closing on it next week. That is why they want them out of there, they don’t want them to trash it anymore.

  • Kevin
    • Jake

      Yeah, Kevin, I saw the article. The EPITOME of HYPOCRACY. I wonder how many of the ‘occupiers’ know that the ‘clintons’ are worth a combined $250 MILLION at LEAST, when 20 years ago, they were worth, at best, just a few million. Just do a wiki search, and it’s all there. Or what algore is worth today vs. what he was worth 20 years ago.

  • They want you to believe lies.

    I find it funny how most of the people who comment on here believe they know how to run things for our country, when in reality everyone just spits out what they here from the media. Shut off MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and the rest of those biased sources of news.

  • Ordinary Guy

    Look at the tag on the product you just bought. Who did you give your money to, instead of the guy that lost that house? The root-cause is obvious, eventually we’ll all be powerless to share in the fruits of our labors, just like the workers you sent your purchase money to.

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