Occupy National Gathering draws small numbers; march to NYC already in trouble
Occupy held a 5 day national gathering in Philadelphia over the holiday that was supposed to bring people from all over the country.
Approximately 200 people showed up, far less than the 1500 police were anticipating, indicating the moribund nature of Occupy. Those that attended held teach ins, workshops and meetings on visioning. At the end, they put out a “Declaration of Interdependence” .
The visit was mostly peaceful except for the 40 people arrested for various offenses.
At the end of the event, a march was organized to walk from the Liberty Bell to Wall Street. About 45 people allegedly signed up for the walk. According to the march organizer, Daphne Carr, 100 people started out on the march this morning. Many started with nothing more than a water bottle, not seeming concerned about provisioning for the trip.
Carr said that that there would be three meals a day and plenty of water, plus precautionary measures to handle the heat. An air-conditioned van is riding alongside the chain of walkers, five medics are traveling with them, and they plan to stop for a rest for ten minutes out of every hour.
Yet by this evening, Occupy was already tweeting asking for food, and ideas to help with provisioning.