On June 30th, day-one of #NatGat—America’s first Occupy National Gathering—people met on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. After meeting in the afternoon, we marched around the financial district before ending up behind the historic Second Bank of the United States building. A small group of protesters erected a tent with the intention of camping, but were met with aggressive police opposition. Tension mounted between Occupy and both PPD and NPS law enforcement officers. A group of protesters began chanting OM and singing “I love you” to the cops and the energy and atmosphere transformed into an amazing peaceful space.