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Occupy Brainerd?

A peaceful demonstration has been planned from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall in support of national protests that have grown out of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Terry Sluss, an organizer, said the demonstration is an effort to bring attention to the greed by the wealthiest Americans and the lack of jobs. It is one of many demonstrations being coordinated this week across the country.

“People are frustrated at the lack of any political movement supporting jobs and getting the economy back on track,” Sluss said. “It’s been months and months since we’ve been talking about this and not a doggone thing is going on. I’ve been watching CNN today and Republicans are planning to oppose any action on Obama’s Jobs Act. They’re just going to sit on it, I guess, and that frustrates people who are really hurting.”

Sluss said they’re not calling the demonstration “Occupy Brainerd” because it’s only being planned for 1-1/2 hours and organizers don’t have a city permit to stay overnight outside city hall. 

The demonstration is co-sponsored by the AFL-CIO and being supported by the Central Lakes Senior Caucus, DFL; local trades and labor groups, and MoveOn.org. 

Sluss said he and other organizers fully anticipate this to be a peaceful demonstration.

“Unlike what Rep. (Eric) Cantor (R-Va.) has called groups like this, we are not a mob,” said Sluss.

JODIE TWEED may be reached at jodie.tweed@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5858.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.
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