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After National Gathering, Is There Room for Insurrectionary Anarchism in Occupy? On a scorching afternoon recently in Philadelphia's Franklin Square, where Occupy's National Gathering participants had set up a daytime base, small circles of people - from gray-haired peace activists and Code Pink members clutching candy-colored parasols, to crust punks rolling cigarettes in the shade and many more - relaxed in advance of a final evening march. It would be the end of a weeklong summit of assemblies and discussions (with a march here and there for good measure), which brought over 500 hundred Occupy participants together from around the country, but passed without media fanfare.
It's a tall order, vying for attention in Philadelphia over the July 4th holiday. Even the impressive Independence Day fireworks show, which drew in around half a million revelers, was outshone that night when an electrical storm lit up the hot sky like a strobe. But the National Gathering (or NatGat, if we're going by Twitter parlance) was not necessarily aiming for spectacle. The idea, according to organizers, was to bring Occupy participants together from around the country to share and focus visions for the movement. Pundits have noted the relatively small attendance as an index for Occupy's death. But for many anarchists and radicals heavily involved in Occupy's first swell, NatGat was a nail in a different coffin altogether: the death of "Occupy" as the banner du jour under which experimental, insurrectionary action could be fostered. (Anarchist News)
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