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Occupy Brookings Organizes 'Cash Mob'

December 3, 2011, 9:56 PM by Hailey Higgins

Occupy Brookings Organizes 'Cash Mob'
BROOKINGS, SD - Occupy Brookings is taking to the streets Saturday, not to protest but in an effort to give an economic boost to downtown businesses this holiday season.

Walking down Main Street, Occupy Brookings supporters are holding signs and their wallets in an effort to boost the local economy with a "cash mob."

As a group, twenty participants are shopping *together at a handful of downtown stores.

"The businesses here are an integral part of the fabric of our community. They're a positive force in our community and we want to make sure they understood that," Phyllis Cole-Dai said.

The purpose of the cash mob is not to solve local economic challenges in one day, but Occupy Brookings organizers say the support for locally-owned businesses keeps wealth in the community and strengthens it from the inside-out.

"This is an opportunity to make their holidays a little bit happier, we hope," Chris Moller said.

The average participant is spending anywhere from $5 to $25 at each business, hoping it boosts the local economy.

"Local business people are the ones that make the investment into local communities. And of course, they depend upon the local community, the local people to keep them going active," Lawrence Novotny said.

And after spending their cash at this used bookstore, the participants move onto the next business, hoping to inspire support from other holiday shoppers.

Organizers say they got the "Cash Mob" idea from other Occupy groups across the country, they say this is likely the first event of it's kind in South Dakota.

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