Shortly after 7 p.m., Lauren Beller of Philadelphia, one of two protesters appointed to compile the final list, said that she had not yet started, but that she expected it would run about 70 handwritten pages.
About two hours later, organizers speculated the list might not be ready until Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the protesters, many sunburned after five days camping out in blistering heat, spread out throughout the eastern half of Franklin Square.
In a circle of about 100 people, many complained that even Occupy - known for its lack of a unifying demand or a recognized leader - was not inclusive enough. In a discussion lasting about two hours, Occupiers stood up to say women, minorities, American Indians, people with disabilities, gays and lesbians, homeless people, and anarchists were all being treated unfairly by the movement.
As Beller and her team worked to gather visions - insisting that they were not drafting a "declaration" or a "statement," but merely a long list of what those at the National Gathering would like to see achieved - some objected even to that much standardization of objectives.
"It appears that we are setting the name of Occupy on a document without the consent of our binding membership, which is the 99 percent," a protester complained to the circle. "In my opinion as an anarchist, I'm not going to condone any sort of message stapled to the Occupy movement before we have the consensus of all of the 99 percent, if not 100 percent."
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