Organizers of two groups that grew out of the Occupy movement kick off events in Philadelphia Saturday and are promising, peace, love, street protests, and fierce political debate. And, probably, camping.
Only one of the groups has members that may camp. That would be the people who organized the Occupy Philly encampment last fall outside City Hall and are pulling together six days of activities they are calling the "National Gathering."
Dustin Slaughter, one of the representatives handling media questions for the National Gathering, said organizers don't know how many people will attend but believe it could be as many as 2,000.
Such a show of force could help revive a movement that grabbed the public imagination last summer and fall as thousands formed Occupy encampments in cities across the country to protest income inequality and other problems.
The gathering starts Saturday at 9 a.m. at Independence Mall and ends - or begins anew, depending on your interpretation - Thursday at 11 a.m. when they step off on a 99-mile march to Wall Street.