Perhaps more "social justice" than civil rights & privacy, but we don't have a specific forum for that. If you've read much of the local news, as I have, and interpreted each story in isolation, it's easy to get a picture of a bunch of nutball freeloaders occupying foreclosed buildings after their former owners have been given the boot. In the past, that's mostly what these stories have involved -- owners move out, squatters move in, squatters get arrested and/or evicted, life goes on. The Occupy Minnesota has "occupied" foreclosed homes with a different purpose in mind -- not just saving individual homes for the owners but also working to effect changes in the system that drives foreclosures. Behind the scenes, they've actually accomplished a lot politically. As former real estate brokers (mostly 20+ years ago), my wife & dealt with lenders in a number of foreclosure situations and generally found them hopelessly intransigent. Our interest then usually involved salvaging a seller's credit by arranging a short sale, but almost universally lenders prefer to lose more money later (usually lots more) than being flexible on the front end of a problem. The article is worth a read from the beginning to the end. What they did definitely beats trying camp out on the plaza below the Hennepin County gov't center through a Minnesota winter. City Pages: Occupy Minnesota fights the banks: Organization builds a tight-knit national community while preventing foreclosures But Occupy Minnesota quickly found itself locked in a cumbersome fight with police over the right to set up tents in the plaza. By early November, activists saw the writing on the wall, and made a strategic shift to focus on embattled homeowners facing foreclosure. This would enable Occupy to help people with concrete needs, as well as provide a place to stay when the Minnesota winter arrived. "When you're on the plaza, it's a big tent and you're fighting for anything and everything, and fighting big systems that are embodied by these huge buildings all around you," explains Espinosa. "Zooming in to one individual really humanized it and touched people on a personal level."