OccupyMN Cleverly Defies Policy Aimed To Stifle It

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OccupyMN Organizers display an object that is "not a tent"

Click photo to hear how OccupyMN plans to defy a new Hennepin County Policy aimed at them.

Click photo to hear how OccupyMN plans to defy a new Hennepin County Policy aimed at them.

OccupyMN organizers are working to get around a new Hennepin County policy aimed at pushing the group out of the plaza they have been occupying for more than a month. County Commissioners passed a new “procedure” to prevent “camping” on the plaza.

“We are not camping” reads the sign around the neck of of one of the organizers. “We are assembling peaceably to petition our Government for a redress of grievances. This is our permit”

So to challenge the county, a representational object looking like a tent, but not a tent was moved into The Plaza shortly after the vote.

“They said we couldn’t put it on the ground so we just put chairs under it and bypassed their policy”, said one woman who helped bring in the tent. “We’re going to let the county take it down and look like assholes.”

Organizers said if the county removed it, additional objects were available to replace it.

The new “procedure” goes into effect Monday. Organizers have scheduled a rally for 5pm on Monday and are asking people to bring sleeping bags and stay on the plaza in defiance of the County Commission vote.

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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