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Members of Occupy DC gather to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their arrival in the District. Demonstrators marched on K Street from Farragut Square to Freedom Plaza.
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Members of Occupy DC gather to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their arrival in the District. Demonstrators marched on K Street from Farragut Square to Freedom Plaza.

The Occupy D.C. movement is seeing a bit of a resurgence today as activists commemorate the one year anniversary of the movement.

But it was hardly the same movement as it was last year. Only a few dozen activists showed up for this mornings rally in Farragut Square. They then marched down K Street NW, but they did not shut down K Street as the Occupy DC website suggested they would do. They briefly stopped at a lobbying firm on I Street NW and tried to enter, but they were stopped by security guards.

Gone are the large crowds of teachers, students and suburbanites who descended upon the square last year and literally stopped traffic at several major intersections. The group ended its march at Freedom Plaza, where they will hold another rally later today.

"I think it's important to show that, even though the Occupy movement isn't as visible as it was last year, it's still going on," says James Cullens of Silver Spring, Md. He says he spent four months sleeping overnight in the park.

Today's demonstration was meant to commemorate one year since the movement began camping out in McPherson Square. Although the Occupy movement is less visible, one of the organizers says one year later, it's still very much active.

"When people find out I was really heavily involved last year, they're like, 'Oh, it's a shame you guys aren't doing anything more,' but really we are," says Cullens.

He says they've been focusing on the foreclosure crisis through a spin-off group called Occupy Our Homes. That group staged several protests at banks this past weekend.

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