The 99% Gathers For National Meeting In Philadelphia

The Occupy Wall Street movement is now in it’s 10th official month of existence, although similar sentiments and actions have existed for many years. Despite what the mainstream media would have you believe, the movement did not die over the winter months. Although 99% protesters faced police brutality, wrongful arrests, intense cold, and public criticism, they have not given up the fight. Online and on the streets, the persecution has only made them stronger in their resolve to expose government corruption, hold corporate criminals accountable, and support their struggling friends and neighbors in any way possible.

This being an election year, with Independence Day fast approaching, Occupiers from around the nation realized that they needed to hold a big family meeting to talk about how we should tackle the challenges ahead. Thus, the idea for the Occupy National Gathering was born.

Since June 30th, members of local occupations all over the country have been arriving in Philadelphia for Occupy National Gathering. Participants will gather in the vicinity of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall for a week of direct actions, movement building and the creation of a vision for a democratic future. The National Gathering kicked off with a massive march with Healthcare-Now! in solidarity with their fight for the right to health. On July 5th it will conclude by joining Guitarmy for a 99 mile march from Philadelphia to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

It’s important to point out that while it’s taking place in the same city, the Occupy National Gathering is separate and different from the the 99% Declaration affinity group that caused some controversy among the Occupy Movement. Most importantly, the National Gathering was planned from the ground up for and by members of the Occupy Movement, and all decisions were made completely through an open democratic process.

Care2 blogger Megan Drake has been on the ground in Philly, talking with protesters and photographing this unprecedented showing of peace and solidarity among the global 99%. Take a few moments to click through the following slideshow images, and if you’re in the area, think about heading to the National Gathering to experience it for yourself.

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All Images Copyright Megan Drake


Shawn O' Malley
Shawn O' Malley5 years ago

Occupy is the only power we have left, mobilize the people to voice their anger toward the social and economic INJUSTICE, the INEQUALITY, the rule of CORPORATE money in politics and government today. OCCUPY.

Michael C.
Michael C5 years ago

Sandy B, I realize that you prefer to not see Obummer re-elected, but take a moment and consider what your life will be like under Mitt "the Twit" Romney.

Be assured that the rights of all women will become threatened.

My greatest problem with Obummer is, his perceived notion that his "Killer Drone Program' will bring about a new and lasting peace. It will not, besides, in time, our many adversaries will learn to develop and fly their own version of a Killer Drone.

My question is this...where in all of this lies safety, let alone PEACE.

paul m.
paul m5 years ago

Noted ......and Holly would you Occupy yes or no....

Steven Jones
Steven L Jones5 years ago

Here's something for the 99%.
This article is in the online Rolling Stone. Barclay's in England isn't the only Bank scam. This one is taking American tax payers money.

The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia
How America's biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy - until they were caught on tape

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence5 years ago



Helen K.

Occupy needs to organize for better messaging.

Debbie Brady
Debbie Brady5 years ago

All of you fine people who are confused by the Occupy movement just need to understand one thing.

Occupy is a movement against the status quo. If you like the direction that this country is headed, you are part of the 1%. If you don't like where we are headed you are part of the 99%

Simple no?

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson5 years ago

Occupy is against our country of freedom..DO NOT RE-ELECT OBAMA!

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher5 years ago

Raise taxes on the rich. Take a tip from Warren Buffett.

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

Thank you for the article...