OccupyMN May Occupy Foreclosed Homes When Snow Flies

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Organizer Nick Espinosa talks about the OccupyMN movement

Click photo to watch interview with organizer Nick Espinosa

Click photo to watch interview with organizer Nick Espinosa

OccupyMN may be moving in next door to you.

Nick Espinosa, one of the OccupyMN organizers, says the group is considering occupying foreclosed homes when inevitable snows begin to fall in Minneapolis. The group has been blessed with relatively mild October weather while it has camped out in The People’s Plaza, also known as Hennepin County Government Center plaza.

Beyond preventing hypothermia, the move would also draw attention to one of the primary reasons the group of 100 or so people have been in the plaza for two weeks—the need to put a moratorium on home foreclosures. Some 29,000 homes in Minnesota are now in foreclosure process.

A foreclosure moratorium is one of the specific demands the group has made so far. Nationally the movement has changed the conversation about rich and poor and forced the media to write more about the disparity between the richest 1% of Americans and all others.

A few days ago, seven protestors were arrested for blocking an intersection in downtown Minneapolis. Espinosa sees this as but one tool to help accomplish goals. He said that rallies, protests and marches haven’t produced results so they will try a number of approaches.

Espinosa has participated in a number of high profile protests including a bag of pennies for gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and glitter for Newt Gingrich and the Marcus Bachmann clinic.

The general assembly for operation is puzzling to many. It’s a consensus approach rather than a typical Robert’s Rules of Order approach. About 100 people have been sleeping over in the park south of the building and about the same number have been participating in the daily general assembly

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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