OccupyMN Wins Free Speech Battle With Hennepin County

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Click photo to hear how OccupyMN fought back and won

Click photo to hear how OccupyMN fought back and won

Chalk up a victory for free speech at The People’s Plaza (also known as the Hennepin County Government Center). OccupyMN’s protest signs are back and Hennepin County workers have relented in their attempts to take them down.

Overnight, County workers had taken taken down OccupyMN’s signs and moved the encampment’s tables, food and everything else to the western side of the plaza. The reason given was the need to “winterize” the fountains and moving water in the plaza.

The participants after initial dismay decided to recreate much of the infrastructure, setting up signs. A face-off with county security was peaceably resolved after consultations with county commissioners and other staff members. Minnesota ACLU entered the discussion questioning infringement of First Amendment Rights. The plaza was reorganized on the western side and activities resumed as usual.

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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