The second day of the Occupy National Gathering began with some sense of stability, with Franklin Square set as the permanent location for workshops and the Friends Center’s parking lot as the permanent sleeping area. However, the day of speakers and skill-shares precipitated an evening of arrests, with 25-30 reportedly taken into custody. (Footage of the arrests: Protesters Kettled and Arrested at Occupy National Gathering)
On the first day of the Occupy National Gathering, the excitement to meet one another was hampered by police confrontation. This led to indecision and internal arguments over contingency plans, but by the evening, Occupiers were safely assembled at jail solidarity or at the National Gathering Comedy Show.
As Philadelphia holds its week-long "Welcome America" 4th of July Freedom Festival this is the welcome that Occupiers from across America received shortly after our arrival and peaceful assembly in an open public park: