Occupy National Gathering Debrief (2012)

The first Occupy National Gathering took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 30th to July 4th in the year 2012. Billed as "5 days of peace, love, and democracy" the Gathering saw over 1000 Occupiers and allies come together from all over the world to discuss the logistics of changing the world for the better. Culminating with a revolutionary democratic process the Gathering produced the "Vision For A Democratic Future" which, due to its direct participatory writing, will be seen by future generations to come as a statement of values from the Occupy Wall Street movement. What lies inside is a debrief from the proposer of the Gathering and one of its chief architects. Written days after the Gathering it captures the raw emotion that still lingered like a haze of inspiration over Philadelphia and the country. What you read here is not an end but a beginning...

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