Occupy Wall Street To Host National Convention In July

A group affiliated with Occupy Wall Street announced that it will host a national convention over the Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia, bringing together 876 delegates from around the country, along the lines of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Playing on the symbolism of the date and place, the group, called the 99% Declaration Working Group, will use the event to host a national “general assembly” and to create a “petition for a redress of grievances” in the vein of the Declaration of Independence. Any U.S. voter can run to be a delegate, which will include one man and one woman from all 435 congressional districts, in addition to representatives from U.S. territories. “We feel that following the footsteps of our founding fathers is the right way to go,” an organizer told the AP.