MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — For Occupy Minnesota protesters, the weather is nice and they’re allowed to attach signs to the “People’s Plaza” again, but some still aren’t referring to Thursday as Thanksgiving.

A small crowd of about a dozen protesters are spending their holiday on the Hennepin County Government Plaza, but instead they’re calling it Occupygiving or ThanksTaking.

“We’re gonna have our Thanksgiving meal. It’s just that people need to understand there’s a lot more to our history than is put forward” said protestor Ben Painter, after explaining the suffering American Indians went through before the first Thanksgiving.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Samantha Smith Reports

The meal they’re going to enjoy comes as a surprise from retired Plymouth resident Linda Thompson. She said she didn’t have Thanksgiving plans, so she and some church friends decided to cook for the occupiers.

Thompson said she wants to honor the young people who have braved cold Minnesota weather for an important principle.

As for how the occupiers feel the demonstration is going so far, Painter said it’s been going according to plan.

“I don’t think we expected a whole lot of people to be out here for the winter, but we have a very consistent group here now. We’re planning to hold this til the springtime and they won’t be able to hold us back when it comes to springtime” said Painter.

Next week, the protesters plan to hold a mass action to continue to prepare for the cold, snowy winter. They plan to put up 99 tents for the 99 percent to defend their right to assemble and have shelter.

Hennepin County continues to deny their request for tents, stating that no one has the right to use the plaza as a private campground.

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Comments (48)
  1. Joe Hanson says:

    Hopefully the women use fresh ingredients this time.

    Don’t want to see folks getting sick, puking and having hershey squirts…

    1. jackactionhero says:

      These protesters are gonna whine because it’s Turkey & not Tofu..But once again,their quest for a free handout is being honored,so that will make em smile..It’s just one less thing they have to earn or pay for.

      1. Matt says:

        you have no clue why they are protesting. they are protesting big CEOs who got a big free handout.

      2. You tell 'em!! says:

        We OnePercenters are just loving you guys carrying our water for us. Don’t have to worry about running those OWS hippies down when we have you fellers doing it for us.

        Though some of my buddies are a little worried you’ll figure out how much we keep sticking it to guys. Me? I figure you;ll never get it. Ever.

        So thanks again!!

    2. jackactionhero says:

      Id serve em a tainted Turkey. I’d pee in the gravy. Spit in the Dressing. Sneeze on the Cranberries.

      1. Ahhhhh says:

        Remind me never to invite you over for dinner

  2. See BS says:

    It’s nice that the woman is making Thanksgiving food for protesters.

    Hopefully the Occupy Wallstreet people are thankful we are not living in a third world country.

    Being poor in the USA is a cakewalk compared to other parts of the world.

  3. cyndyforcynical says:

    A very kind thing to do. I’ve worried about those in the Occupy group who seem to be homeless, esp. the kids.

  4. Matt says:

    I think the occupy movement needs to go home and work toward fixing the problems, instead of setting up camp and being noisy. They are a waste of time and effort, and I’m sick of hearing about them in the news, even if it is just an inconsequential blurb like this article.

    1. Long Live 99% says:

      Funny, every thing you say about the occupy movement is exactly how I feel about our Congress.

    2. YoMaMa says:

      Speaking of waisting time Matt what are you doing here?

      1. Matt says:

        Voicing an opinion about something I believe. I also believe in spell check.

        1. Do they scare you? says:

          Just believing that someone else is wrong isn’t really much of an opinion.

        2. Linda Rolf says:

          It appears that your opinion is that others don’t have a right to voice their opinions. That is more than a little ironic isn’t it Matt?

          1. Ummmm says:

            Gee Linda. It appears that Matt said nothing of the sort. But hey; you can jump to as many conclusions as you’d like.

            1. Linda Rolf says:

              Matt says he is “Voicing an opinion about something I believe.” How do you interpret that Ummmm? Looks like you needs some new specs pops.

              1. Pops? says:

                Pops, as in you’re assuming I’m old enough to be someone’s father? OK so after age and sex, are there any other conclusions you’d like to jump to?

                Matt says he’s voicing an opinion. He never said he thinks others don’t have a right to voice theirs.

                1. jackactionhero says:

                  There is a participant on this site who gets his rocks off by using other people’s names and posting things completely contrary to that person’s stated beliefs.

                  This is another example of it. Please read carefully and notice that in one comment he states his position, and in another, the same name commenter posts something totally ridiculous and inflammatory in an effort to discredit that person and confuse readers on that person’s intentions.

    3. Occupy is a group of real winners says:

      It’s funny that a bunch of people with nothing to do got duped into gathering to protest. Nobody there is sure what they’re protesting, but they do know it must sure be important.

      And, there’s free food.

      The “Occupiers” problems must be caused by the same 1% that Obama attacks, so Obama calls them his people. That’s probably because that’s the segment of the population that will now be covered under his new ObamaCare. Wow. I was worried they wouldn’t have healthcare.

      1. Linda Rolf says:

        The Occupiers are protesting against corporate and government corruption and the intententional elimination of the middle class amoung other things. If you haven’t realized that is is happening all around you–you are not here physically or mentally. Cowards making fun of the principled–priceless!

  5. Mr D says:

    Food poisoning would be awesome.

    1. Linda Rolf says:

      Nobody’s stopping you!

    2. Linda Rolf says:

      Nobody is stopping you! Buy some extra toilet paper beforehand–you will need it!

  6. DougT says:

    Dumb and Dumber……

    “Thompson said she wants to honor the young people who have braved cold Minnesota weather for an important principle.”

    And what principle would that be? The Right to be stupid? Oh ya – we got that “right” .. In fact we have a whole bunch of the right to be stupid….. Andt we have a whole bunch of government support for the not too bright all over America and thats part of the problem.


    1. Linda Rolf says:

      What are you doing to call attention to government and corporate corruption? NOTHING! You criticize and defame those you cannot hope to understand. Now that is what I call sad! You have the right to do something and yet you choose to do nothing–except denounce those who have chosen to act!

    2. jackactionhero says:

      The principle is their right to assemble in peaceful protest against entities they feel need to be called out.

      It is a core principle of our Constitution, or perhaps you weren’t paying attention in school, Doug?

  7. :) says:

    I bet most of them are vegetarians anyway. Hopefully she made some corn without real butter on it.

    1. Squatters Rights says:

      Most of them are used to eating whatever they are serving at the local homeless shelter or jail.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Prove it.

        Or else admit you made it up in a weak effort to discredit them, because you can’t come up with a legitimate one.


  8. Billy Bob says:

    Who gives a sh_t…..

    1. Guy says:

      I think that THAT is what the food poisoning is supposed to do …

  9. Murph says:

    These people are suffering for the the good of everyone! Except of course the the richest 1 % !! Should I ,or you denigrate them for their strength of conviction? I think not!! Let your lying a ..Republlican hero’s de nigrate them ,and then in a fleeting moment of sanity ,realize that YOU are the prize! They want you to sell your parents and grandparents lives down the tubes for yet another promise that they have never,have no intention of and are making no promises of ever following thru on! Exxon, Mobil,etc,etc ,etc aand on and on beyond counting have promised them far ,far, far more than you can ever offer and will NEVER have the ability to profide fior them.YOU are EPIS in the Republican eyes,and of course EPIS means nothing! Look it up!! That is you non 1% of Republican voters.You will meet us all in person in those camps the Republicans set up for us !Enjoy tyour fleeting freedom, it will be gone in a heartbeat,you fools! Put FEMA 84 camps on your search,know your future under Republican rule! I will be quieted soon,but some of you will carry on!

    1. Fleeting moment of sanity says:

      Just back from an Occupy Main Street camp?

      I heard Obama was an Alien and controls the FEMA 84 camps with black helicopters.

      1. Linda Rolf says:

        You haven’t been off the couch in years.

  10. retired, and disabled says:

    Thank you protesters for your time, and effort.

  11. Murph says:

    I personally will live in a hole ,IN THE FOREST under a log with my dog and my freedom,.before I LIVE UNDER A REPUBLICAN UTOPIAN rule! These people are absolutely and without any doubt beyond redemption in a democratic society.If you think the same way,the sane way,speak up now!They are targeting you,for the benefit of Exxon and others that will rule the world under an iron fist!.This is most likely,beyond most doubt,your last chance to be FREE! Those FEMA 84 camps are far and away beyond the capacity of Mexican immigrants. Wake up America,the fascists have you where they want you!

    1. Oil Utopia says:

      I agree with you.

      We need to build the pipeline from Canada to Texas so we can get oil that would otherwise go to China so Exxon doesn’t get it.

  12. DougT says:

    wow – someone needs to get back on their meds.

    If anyone live in some sort of utopian stupor it would be the liberals.


    1. Murph says:

      My name is Doug and I have Republicansimpletonoma! Thanks Rush and Glenn for giving me this incurable mental incapacity

    2. Linda Rolf says:

      You seem you live in Utopia Doug since you are implying that there is nothing to protest here in The US. Are you saying the protesters are somehow disturbing your Utopian bliss? How sad for you Doug…

  13. Billy Bob says:

    Who gives a sh_t???????????? These POS need to be swinging from a tree….

    1. Linda Rolf says:

      Is that what you do to people who think differently from you? Are you writing this from the 19th century?

  14. Murph says:

    Billy Bob,I’ll bring the rope!

  15. Murph says:

    I don’t often sing, but I am dedicating this song to Doug.It is “When to Roll is Called up Yonder” You don’t have nearly enough money to be among the GOP inner circle! You will be in the bunk next to someone as poor as me but,who doesn’t have the ability to live off the land and give as good as we get! It is people like me who will bury your hero’s and suffer not one quilty thought amongst us! We are legion in America,don’t ever forget it!

  16. ipmutt says:

    Arrest these terrorists. Sentence them to 35 years of working with 35 years on parole. The sooner they start contributing to society the sooner they will start to add value rather than just take resources from the rest of us

    1. jackactionhero says:

      What resources are they taking from you, you idiot? Grow up.