‘Occupy Wall Street’ announces convention in Philadelphia for July: The plan is to select a man and a woman from each of the 435 congressional voting districts to create and ratify a “redress of grievances,” emulating how the Declaration of Independence was formed in 1776 in Philadelphia.
“Occupy Wall Street” protesters will continue their evolution as a movement this summer, announcing through its working group a “general assembly” convention in Philadelphia for early July.
According the Associated Press, the 99 percent Declaration Working Group said that the convention would elect 876 delegates throughout 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
The plan is to select a man and a woman from each of the 435 congressional voting districts to create and ratify a “redress of grievances,” emulating how the Declaration of Independence was formed in 1776 in Philadelphia.
“We feel it’s appropriate to go back to what our founding fathers did and have another petition congress,” said Michael S. Pollock, an attorney who co-founded the working group. “We feel that following the footsteps of our founding fathers is the right way to go.”
Once the bill is competed, protesters will send the bill to the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, demanding action within the first 100 days of office next year.
Pollock indicated the protesters have already selected a site in Philadelphia for the convention and will pay for it through donations. He added that details for the convention are still being discussed.
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