Occupy Movement Energizes Peace Movement


The spirit of OccupyMN has infected the Minneapolis peace movement. Peace activists have been seen at The People’s Plaza in downtown Minneapolis and a number of new people participating in this march came from the OccupyMN contingent.

International Anti-War Days, October 15/16, 2011, was celebrated in Minneapolis with a march down Lake Street, ending up at South High School. This was the largest crowd of peace activists seen on the streets for some time.

National anti-war sentiment seems to be increasing and the OccupyMN activities at The People’s Plaza (Hennepin County Government Center) have stimulated formerly reticent individuals to come out and demonstrate against government actions.

There is also an increasing awareness that the war expense is a major factor in our financial woes and a building revulsion of the human cost of war among civilian populations around the world.

Peace movement takes worldwide action.

Anti-war protests and protests against austerity budgets and cuts to social services were planned in cities around the world the weekend of October 15/16.

The October 15 protest in Minneapolis was initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition.

Endorsed by: Alliant Action, Anti-War Committee, Burnsville & Eagan Peace Vigil, Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities, Come Home America – Minnesota Branch, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Public Education Justice Alliance of Mn, Mayday Bookstore, Military Families Speak Out, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill (PPG), ST. Joan of Arc WAMM Peacemakers, St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace, Socialist Action, Socialist Alternative, SDS – U of M, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, Welfare Rights Committee, Women Against Military Madness, Women’s Student Activist Collective, Workers International League.

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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