Optimism Prevails as OccupyMN Opens in Minneapolis

Approximately 500 activists showed up at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza Friday morning for the beginning of OccupyMN — which is happening simultaneously with “Occupy Wall Street” protests nationwide. Ages in Minneapolis ranged from 6 months to 92 years — most from the metropolitan Twin Cities area. Some were curious and apprehensive, others were motivated and expectant. The training begins at 3 p.m., a welcoming celebration is at 5, and the General Assembly convenes at 7. Quiet hour starts at 11 p.m. A few sleeping bags were visible, though overnight sleeping on the plaza is still uncertain.

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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