Occupy Austin is organizing "new declaration" activities for July 4th Working Group is planning a full day of activities, starting at 9 am with breakfast and yoga. At 10:30 am organizers will begin explaining the process for writing the new declaration, starting with the full group and breaking into small groups.
From 11:30 am-3:30 pm, there will also be teach-ins on topics including trade agreements, the Citizens United ruling, education, and the tar sands. For the schedule for the day and the teach-ins, go to http://occupyaustin.org/.
From 4-7 pm there will be speakers and music. The event concludes with a march to City Hall to watch the fireworks across the river and have dinner.
Occupy Austin describes the goal of the gathering: "We are coming together to write a new declaration. A Declaration that reminds us of the uncertain road that those who founded our country followed. A Declaration that reminds us why we still believe in this great nation. A Declaration that reminds us what we still have left to achieve. A Declaration that reminds us that this country does now, has always and will always be of the people."
There will be a smaller gathering for those interested in facilitating the declaration process on Friday, July 3, at 6 pm at the state Capitol.