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Published October 15, 2011, 10:35 PM

Grand Forks Residents Create Movement for "Occupy Wall Street"

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Occupy Wall Street movement is calling for an international day of action. Groups in Fargo and Grand Forks used that call to motivate. Occupy Grand Forks-East Grand Forks met to plan and organize a movement of its own.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAY, WDAZ

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Occupy Wall Street movement is calling for an international day of action. Groups in Fargo and Grand Forks used that call to motivate. Occupy Grand Forks-East Grand Forks met to plan and organize a movement of its own.

Nancy Hennen, Occupy ND Organizer: "the whole national movement resonated with me and my story, which is what all of us collectively are."

A group of about one-hundred people gathered at Pillsbury Park in Grand Forks. Protestors both young and old shared stories. The hope is to create one powerful voice.

Peter Rimar, Grand Forks Resident: "this is the most basic American thing that we have is the ability to have a voice and to have a say and to feel like we can make a difference in this world.

The Occupy Wall Street movement began just about a month ago and has already spread around the world. And even right here in Grand Forks people are starting to organize their own movement as they come together to voice their concerns.

Nancy Hennen: "We are part of that movement. And I mean one of the first things I did when I created the website Occupy North Dakota on Facebook was to contact there and I said, you know, I would like to get something going here in North Dakota, and they said Solidarity, we're with you, absolutely."

This group is just beginning. Though demonstrators came to the meeting with different concerns and ideas, the general feeling is to try and make a difference.

Peter Rimar: "people can make a difference if they want to make a difference. We got to stop labeling people that they're republican of democrats or liberals and conservative. It has reached the point where we're so polarized we can't even have a conversation."

Nancy Hennen: "Absolutely . And to say it couldn't is really not taking a proper time to look at history and what's happened in the past."

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