Free Peace Hugs Light Up The Mall

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Free Peace Hugs on the Nicollet Mall

Click picture to watch reactions from people to free peace hugs

Click picture to watch reactions from people to free peace hugs

Did you get your free hug this week? Four women lit up the Nicollet Mall of International Day of Peace, September 21, 2011 with, “Hugs For Peace,” or high fives for those who preferred less bodily contact.

Noon-time walkers on the Nicollet Mall are accustomed to being accosted with flyers, petitions, requests for interviews and other disruptions. These interruptions often produce sober rejections or glancing the other way.

However, the “Peace Huggers” got smiles, laughter and joyful faces.

It was all from one woman’s idea. Grace Morgan ,Minneapolis got the idea, posted on Facebook and 3 other women showed up to hug. The recipients reactions were most appropriate for Peace Day.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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