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Occupy MN: What we know

Posted at 4:40 PM on October 11, 2011 by Paul Tosto

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(Madeleine Baran / MPR News)

Here are some of the things we learned today about the Occupy Minnesota economic protests.

They look like Minnesota. You may not like their tactics or politics, but the protesters are getting public support from many regular Minnesotans hurt by the recession and feeling left behind by the recovery.

Ellie Rogers' response was like many we got today via MPR's Public Insight Network.

I am a single mom, recently graduated with an MBA from a top-tier school. I see many of my classmates taking offers for well below what they were before the recession and working well beyond what is healthy.

I have $100,000 debt for my degree. With corporations tending to devalue individuals/time and tuition increasing, this may be the next bubble to burst.

They may have a point. We noted earlier that the argument protesters make about corporate profits rebounding faster than jobs is supported by data.

Without judging the tactics or demands, that profits vs job growth comparison coming out of the recession makes it easy to see the roots of the protest.

The pushback is coming. The public may support the ideals but often times these movements start losing people. We started to see some push back in social media later in the day on MPR's Facebook page.

"All I see is a bunch of people complaining that someone else is better of then they are and "that aint fair!," wrote Jeff Ahrens. "News flash, life isn't fair. Get over it."


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MPR News reporter Madeleine Baran tells us the protests here have been peaceful so far with protest leaders and officials working to keep the peace.

Hopefully, that will continue. It didn't in Boston,

What else do we need to know about Occupy Minnesota, Occupy Wall Street and any of the other recent economic protest movements? Post below, add to our Facebook page or contact us directly.



About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.